In collaboration with the team at TivityHealth, the Synapse team all started out the process with a quick sprint to start listing out features, technical concerns, goals, ideas, and so on. The goal of this sprint was to define the MVP since we wanted to release an app on the store before a certain deadline. Having an MVP also helps us lock us down to features we know we need to meet business goals, and wait for market and user feedback to determine which other features we need to add on later.
Once we defined the minimal features we were starting with, we kicked off the product cycle with a design sprint creating simple wireframes. I opted to do super basic grayscale wireframes at first and prototype them to quickly establish some common UX interactions when it comes to flows such as onboarding and registration. Spending more time on interactions and flow here rather than aesthetics helped the team stay focused on who our target audience is and optimizing their path of success.
Since a lot of our features were “common” features of existing apps, the teams used that to our advantage by researching popular fitness apps to see where the trend lies and come up with the pros and cons of each interaction. We later tested our assumptions using UserTesting to help us pinpoint a direction to land on.