The research and analysis you need to do into your potential market and competitors.
The big decisions you need to make such as your partnership and funding strategies.
Getting your business up and running.
How to create the documents you need in order to communicate your idea to others such as investors and customers.
How to create the documents you need in order to get your software designed, built, tested and launched.
Stuart has over 30 years of experience creating and exiting software startups and helping other founders create their own startups.
This is exactly what will be covered in this course
Topic 1: Current employment
What you can, cannot, should and must do if you are currently employed.
Topic 2: Market research
How to research the market you are planning to enter so you are better placed to start your market fit.
Topic 3: Competitive analysis
How to find out about your potential competitors to help make business and product decisions.
Topic 4: SWOT analysis
Succinct instructions and a worksheet for identifying and using your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Topic 5: Partners
Should you go it alone or work with one or more partners? This topic discusses this important decision in depth
Topic 6: Investment
Do you need investment (or other form of funding)? This topic helps you decide and shows you how to get started with this.
Topic 7: Elevator pitch
An elevator pitch is so important to get right yet so many don't. This topic shows you the formula for creating a great pitch.
Topic 8: Business basics
There's a lot to do setting up your business. This topic takes you through the main steps, showing you what, why and how.
Topic 9: Getting legal advice
You will most likely need legal advice for various things. This topic explains this and how to prepare for getting that advice.
Topic 10: Plan of action
Creating a plan of action is so important yet rarely done. Use the template to create yours so you can stay on top of everything you need to do.
Topic 1: Brain dump
Have fun creating a brain dump of all your thoughts, ideas and questions. Then use this to start structuring your business and software documentation.
Topic 2: Document register
You will create many documents which maximise your chances of success - as well as keeping costs down. Keep track of these with a document register.
Topic 3: Question register
There will be a lot of unanswered questions and unmade decisions initially. That's OK - especially if you track them properly with a question register.
Topic 4: Solution overview
Although easy to write, this is a very important document, used for many purposes to communicate your idea with investors, customers, partners, developers and more.
Topic 5: Users & organisations
Your software will almost certainly have users and may have the concept of organisations. Lay firm foundations by defining these properly.
Topic 6: Concepts document
Not often written, this document gives you a glossary and explains all the concepts of your product, saving on miscommunications and inefficiencies that will arise without it.
Topic 7: User stories
A really easy way of defining what your software needs to do. This topic shows you how to do this properly so your software contains everything you need.
Topic 8: Milestones
There will be more than one version of your software as it evolves. Keep track of these and communicate properly with all stakeholders.
Topic 9: Platforms
Web-only? Mobile-only? Both? It is critical to decide where you will start and the details of this. This important topic shows you how.
Topic 10: Notifications
Learn how to specify exactly what notifications you want in your software. Get this often missed step right from the start.
Topic 11: Requirements
This is the culmination of all the work done up to now to create your comprehensive functional requirements document using the extensive templates provided.
This course will help you get started with your software startup. If you just have an idea or you've started already, it will ensure you take all necessary steps helping you move towards launch and success quickly, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in mis-steps and wrong turns.
Anyone with an idea who wants to create a startup
No funding is required
No prior experience creating startups is required
You just need a browser and the desire to succeed!
Here's what people are saying
“I'm a non-technical founder and the S5 Methodology encapsulates Stuart’s 30 years of technical knowledge. I love how it takes you through step-by-step covering everything that's needed. It’s incredibly useful and made me feel like I'm in control - I could see the roadmap ahead of me. It enabled me to work in an organised fashion, making sure nothing was missed out. If I hadn't done this, I wouldn't be where I am today with my startup. I could've had lots of problems on the way and I think this has saved me a lot of money. I would definitely recommend it! My advice: think about what you are planning to create and use the S5 Methodology.
“We utterly relied on the S5 Methodology to convert our ideas into requirements documentation and a fully functioning platform. We were nervous about project delay and product documentation. The efficiency of the S5 process delighted us - producing high quality documentation. This allowed us to pivot to a second product with both investor, customer and team confidence. Building platforms from scratch is hard. Fun comes from seeing ideas manifest quickly and consistently. I recommended the process without exception.