Finding Assumptions

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Examining assumptions early helps you avoid costly mistakes and wasted development time.

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"This product/feature/service will fail unless..."

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Problem

Real-Problem Assumption:

When you make assumptions about the needs or wants of the user, you’re making a problem assumption.

You’re assuming that there is a specific problem out there that is held by an identifiable group of people, and that problem is the reason they’re going to seek out your product.

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Solution

Correct-Solution Assumption

You’re placing a bet that, not only do people want to solve the problem you’ve identified, but that you’re solving it in the correct way.

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Implementation

Implementation Assumptions

Not only is this the right solution to a real problem but that you are totally capable of creating, selling, and administering that solution without going broke. This is harder than it seems.

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