Few tech- and business-related books made a bigger stir last year than Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Barden Kowitz’s Wall St Journal and New York Times bestseller Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.
In the book, the authors explain how businesses can implement business ideas in just five days. They claim the process “can shortcut the endless-debate cycle and compress months of time into a single week.”
When moving fast in the market, business owners agree that having the right enterprise solutions on hand can expedite the process.
So if your company is thinking of making a “sprint,” Samsung Printing Solutions’ range of business-friendly solutions can help you move into top gear – with comprehensive assistance at each step.
Step One: Ask the Experts
Knapp et al’s hypothetical one-week sprint begins with structured discussions with the experts in your company.
The idea of getting everyone in your company together for a brainstorming session sounds great, but not every company can pull this off. Many companies work with freelancers, work-from-home employees and staff members who need to stay mobile.
This is where mobile printing can help. Mopria Print Library-certified Android mobile printing tool Samsung Print Service provides full support for Android, Apple and Windows® devices.
Currently installed on 500 million Android users’ phones and tablets, the tool allows you to use Android applications to print wirelessly, not only to Samsung printers, but also to over 88 million Mopria-certified printers. This Mopria-certified tool allows you and your staff to overcome geographical obstacles – and makes sharing and printing materials for discussion easier than ever.
The tool means that wherever you are, you can share ideas directly from your mobile device – with no need to go back to your PC, or your desk. Staying mobile means you can share ideas as soon as they occur to you.
Step Two: Remix, Improve and Sketch
The authors’ second step asks for collaborators to make suggested edits to your ideas. Again, this is not easy when your company’s employees and consultants are not office-bound.
Cloud solutions can provide the answer. PrinterOn Hosted solution(with Android and iOS mobile apps), from Samsung affiliate PrinterOn, lets you send email attachments to printers’ unique address, as well as make use of simple search functions and print workflows. Your printer automatically processes PrinterOn Mobile email attachments, and you can also upload documents using a customizable web portal URL
Step Three: Storyboard
After gathering solutions from collaborators, the authors say your company’s decision-makers need to take “winning scenes and weave them into a storyboard: a step-by-step plan for your prototype.”
Decision-makers typically print out documents and images before making final decisions. But in some cases, this can mean printing far more materials than you need.
Apps like Workbook Composer, available for the Smart UX Center, ensure you do not waste precious time and money printing out unnecessary copies – vital when you are trying to craft speedy, cost-effective solutions. Workbook Composer lets you use your printer’s to UX adjust documents to your liking, with image cropping and text formatting options. Instead of printing out reams of material like these, the app lets you compile and print as you need.
Step Four: Prototype
This stage involves creating a “realistic façade” to test with potential customers – essentially a Beta version of your business plan, product or service.
This is a key part of your product development, and the last thing you want at this stage is to fall victim to hacking attempt, leaking your untested ideas into the public domain before you are ready to let anyone see them.
Samsung has end-to-end security solutions designed to help. Its powerful anti-malware software constantly scans your printers, looking for issues. This cuts off back-door access for third-parties trying to install security-compromising programs on your devices. And it means your ideas stay under-wraps until you are ready to take them public.
Step Five: Interview Customers
The final stage of the “sprint” involves having test groups look at your prototype and provide feedback. This step helps you fine-tune your product or service for the market.
At this stage, you may want to give test-subjects questionnaires, or provide them with printouts explaining what you have created.
And with Dynamic Workflow, another Smart UX Center app, you can process questionnaire feedback faster, with customizable scan and optical character recognition workflow options. After all, if your aim is to “sprint” to success, you will not want to waste time manually inputting survey results to your databases – but rather start analyzing feedback right away.
Sprinting to Profitability
Business moves fast, and flexible, adventurous companies can take advantage. The “sprint” may not be right for every scenario, but if you want to accelerate your idea-to-market process, it certainly helps if your company is equipped with the right tools.
Speeding up is faster – and more efficient – when you partner with a documents management solutions provider that emphasizes the value of secure, cloud- and mobile-compatible printing.
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