Project Discovery Steps
Below, you will see the steps of the discovery phase in Agile implemented by our team. If you need to change/add/skip some of these steps, we will gladly adjust the project discovery phase to your specific needs.
Setting up the requirements
We discuss the requirements for product discovery and investigate your business case. Our product managers study the competitive landscape, conduct market research, collect user feedback and organize customer interviews, analyze the business value and goals, communicate with stakeholders, etc.
Implementing your goals in a potential solution
Forbytes suggests a software solution to meet your needs and goals. We discuss its relevance, functionality, specifics, design, features, modules, and user preferences concerning the end product. Solution discovery goes on.
Overviewing the strategy
Our team double-checks the plan for product delivery together with your stakeholders. We consider all your remarks and come up with a data-driven product vision that is based on your business goals.
Planning out the project scope
Based on your budget and deadlines, you get a complete picture of the project workflow with clear timeframes and measurable success metrics. We suggest the composition of the product team and the technology stack.
Validating the concept
We introduce changes, improvements, and adjustments that your stakeholders and our cross-functional teams suggest. Then we validate the concept and make sure that all your needs are covered in the new product.
The project is ready to start
Why to Start with Product Discovery
Stay on the safe side
IT projects exceed their budget by 45%. Project discovery prevents such situations from happening, giving you a clear understanding of the project scope.
Get a clear plan
Lack of clear planning is one of the top 5 reasons why projects miss deadlines. The discovery process allows for step-by-step project planning.
Make informed decisions
42% of small businesses are closing because there is no demand for their product. With IT discovery, you invest only in relevant solutions.
Get data on your product
75% of professionals expect their projects to fail. Product discovery prevents failures and keeps your money safe.
Project Discovery Example
This is one of the discovery development cases we’ve worked on. Our task was to develop a digital transformation strategy for Stenströms, a luxury fashion brand from Sweden. Here is what we have done:
1. Set up the goals and expectations for the project
Together with Stenströms, we deeply analyzed their business case, synthesized the gained information, and came up with a plan for digital transformation.
2. Suggested a solution that can solve the pain points
We continued our software discovery and came up with solution ideas. We suggested building a system for information flow, exchange, and management. The system aimed to increase the efficiency of order fulfillment.
3. Conducted a strategic audit
Once again, we reviewed the strategy of software product discovery. We made sure that the suggested solution can meet the business goals of Stenströms and solve their challenges.
4. Prepared documentation
Stenströms got a clear understanding of the project structure after completing previous steps in discovery process. We agreed upon the scope, budget, deadlines, team composition, skillset, and technology stack.
5. Created a prototype
The prototype developed during technical discovery gave Stenströms an idea of what the product will look like and how users will interact with it. After the approval, we were ready to start.
Here’s How We Add Value
Look to the future
At the discovery stage, Forbytes considers your specific goals for the project as well as the long-term impact your product will have. We will not let you spend money on a solution today if it becomes useless tomorrow.
The project discovery process may involve different professionals, from business analysts and project managers to UX analysts and system architects. Their deep involvement and dedication will result in a clear project vision.
Strong soft skills
Communication plays a huge role in the discovery. Our product team will communicate with you at each step to learn as much as possible about your vision, expectations, goals, challenges, and risks.
We do not give you an opinion on what your project should look like. We provide you with facts, data, and research. Our team believes that there is no place for bias when it comes to investing in software development.
Why to go through the project discovery stage instead of starting my project right now?
You can skip the product discovery process and move to the project implementation with the help of product teams in case you are confident of your idea and set clear requirements. Otherwise, you face the risk of investing a large sum of money into the development that will bring little success. Before rushing into the development, you should know what client pain points you will solve and how. After all, doing for the sake of doing is too risky.
The project discovery phase shows that my project idea will fail. What's then?
A reliable partner will not leave you alone with your idea. If the Agile discovery phase of a project shows too many risks, experienced business analysts involved in this stage will help you adjust your goals to market needs and trends. They also can suggest building a minimum viable product (MVP) to test your idea.
What types of projects benefit from project discovery?
Project discovery techniques are effective for startups. When a startup owner decides to go through the process of discovery, they get data on the relevance of their idea to their audience. The product discovery process is also useful for big enterprises that are going to invest significant sums into a digital product. They have to be sure that they’ll build the right solution with the right functions. Otherwise, their software product may turn out to be useless, buggy, or ineffective.