Discovery stage is usually underrated, but its impact is rather impressive. Whether it is a startup, or a long lasting and volumable project, there are a lot of cases when the discovery stage is vital.Let’s walk through the common situations whereby the project discovery stage is simply a necessity. Landing the project Once the idea to implement your own project was lighted up, the first step is to plan the activities. And prior to planning, you should definitely know what you are trying to achieve. At this stage, the discovery phase is a ground job in investigating the domain, competitors, technologies and methodologies that better suit current project. Switching the team members It might happen that the product team member switches, or his contract terminates, so the project work and scope should be held by a new person, no matter how skilled and experienced he is, business analyst or a product and project manager. Onboarding phase tightly goes along with the discovery phase, during which a new member will definitely find out more improvements, or even gaps to fix. Scaling the project When the project has successfully started and already ‘bears a fruit’, it’s time to scale and provide more opportunities to the stakeholders or to the end users. Discovery stage is needed to provide the deep analysis and the roadmap for further improvement, taking into account the existing scope. Transferring the project Business is business, and it sometimes occurs that the projects are absorbed by other projects or companies. New management or stakeholders will probably require an audit of the existing features, and the discovery phase will help in performing this activity. Moreover, during the discovery phase, new features and integrations will be analyzed and documented.
How does the discovery stage go at Trembit and what artefacts are provided?Based on more than 11 years of Trembit experience, there are a lot of benefits that the business will get at the end of the discovery stage:
- Prepared and complete design of your product
- Formalized requirements, documented in a manner, appropriate for all software development vendors, to obtain the product implementation estimate for project budget calculation
- Prioritized product features according to their impact on business value and efforts for the implementation
- Risk identification and planning
- Architecture vision.
An example of mobile application design.
An example of SRS contents.
- Work breakdown structure (WBS)
- Detailed estimation.
Now, the project is fully planned and ready to start!