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Minecraft accelerates and simplifies feature development and releases.

Minecraft delights players with a rating increase of 140% with a massive number of new feature releases.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Minecraft product management team planned for a massive number of new features to better serve outside developers and creators. Despite the Minecraft team’s ambitions, they found it a challenge to balance an aggressive feature release schedule while addressing their technical debt backlog and maintaining performance. Resource constraints and manual legacy processes also exasperated an already difficult problem.

With the help of an InterVision SCRUM team, they began to deliver 30% more stories than originally committed for both testing and release in just two weeks. Additionally, they proactively developed an automation tool to simplify the content team’s curation process and addressed the aging backlog.

CLIENT:
Minecraft, a Microsoft company, is recognized as the second-best selling video game of all time with over 154 million copies sold across all platforms and over 91 million active monthly players.

BUSINESS OBJECTIVES:
Release a massive number of new features to better serve outside developers and creators.

PROJECT GOALS:
Deliver critical scalability, integration, development solutions, and release management services across the entire Minecraft platform.

CUSTOMER VISION

Modernize legacy processes that slowed new feature releases.

Address technical debt backlog.

Meet aggressive release schedule for new features.

OUR APPROACH

The Minecraft team sought out their partnership with InterVision and help support the acceleration of new development features, and to evaluate their execution capabilities. Within two (2) weeks, the InterVision team onboarded a SCRUM team and delivered 30% more stories than originally committed for both testing and release.

Additionally, they proactively developed an automation tool to simplify the content team’s curation process, which reduced process time from eight hours to fifteen minutes. After such an immediate and significant impact, the InterVision team was deployed across multiple groups to help the Minecraft ecosystem surge forward with new development and an aging backlog.

THE RESULTS

  • Development velocity and throughput increased by 40%.
  • New automation tool for content creation reduced processing time 53%.
  • New products are being released with zero defects.
  • Ratings for Minecraft Xbox increased by 140%.

Ongoing Partnership

InterVision has expanded and is now fully embedded into the Minecraft ecosystem as a trusted partner, driving continuous innovation and automation across the entire release cycle, consistently meeting and exceeding established real-time key performance indicators.

InterVision has become our strategic ally to enable scale, execution, and maturation of the platform behind Minecraft. We rely on their rare combination of game development experience, release management and DevOps, and strategic program leadership to shepherd all our critical development initiatives.

-Partner, Minecraft