Lucro was introduced to OutSystems by Corporate One, who also use the OutSystems application development platform. That introduction soon led to a three-week discovery exercise with Truewind, an Elite OutSystems consulting partner, that specializes in accelerating OutSystems delivery through the adoption of agile development and digital design by their customers.
The project team involved Jim, (CEO), Cori Schmidt-Zdrazil, Lucro’s COO, and Heather Bosenko, Product Owner of Lucro’s Business Lending Center. As Lucro had limited agile product development experience, and no dedicated in-house application development resources, it was crucial for Truewind to provide the technical know-how, agile product management coaching, as well as digital experience design consulting. Truewind dedicated a full-fledged OutSystems team to the project, (an Engagement Manager, a Tech Lead, three OutSystems Developers, a Frontend Developer, and a Tester).
“Being on a burning platform certainly ensured this project had our full attention,” admits Jim. João Campos, CEO of Truewind concurs, “Having two company leaders involved from the start of the project, certainly underscored the importance of the project for Lucro, and the energy and enthusiasm that the whole Lucro team brought to the table, made this a very successful and enjoyable partnership.”
The Lucro team decided to spend the second week of a three-week discovery exercise at Truewind’s office, for an intensive product envisioning workshop. This gave the twin benefits of being away from the distractions of day-to-day business and having more face-to-face time with Truewind’s digital experience team. “We found that the high-speed visual prototyping approach helped firm-up our business requirements. However much we prepared in advance, it’s extraordinary how a visual prototype helps crystalize requirements,” explained Jim.