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How we work with you in a software development discovery phase to truly understand what needs to be built
Throughout our 11 years in the software development industry, we’ve listened to countless app ideas from different clients and industries. Some of these bring up several uncertainties about the users. Others mention the product’s functionalities, and others, its monetization strategy. We believe it’s essential to manage these factors correctly from the project’s kickstart; if not, these concerns can escalate and compromise your project’s timeline and budget.
Our goal is to create ways to start off a product development on the right foot and minimize risks. Some years ago we started bringing together different roles to better establish the product idea before embarking on a whole project, which included stakeholders from the business side, product experts, developers, and designers.
The Discovery Phase, as we call it, is a process that brings the client and dev team together prior to the development process in order to reach a broader understanding of the software and how it can serve its users the best possible way.
It has three main goals: understand, analyze, and propose.
The team gets a complete understanding of your business model and its context, your company's goals and your consumers.
The team documents and aligns expectations of what needs to be done, in order to mitigate risks, define processes, create story maps, and so on.
Collaboratively, they propose an initial backlog, a team, and a ballpark for the software development project.
Benefits of a Software Development Discovery Phase:
How we do it
Uncovering the purpose
The team kicks off the Discovery phase by working together to understand why they are there and what is the product they want to build.
Taking a business overview
At this phase, the objective is to understand the app’s business model and your company’s current context.
Identifying metrics, constraints and risks
Moving forward, the team will decide which metrics they should use to measure the project’s success. They will also consider risks or constraints to take into account.
Understanding the users
At this stage, we work closely with our UX team to build a profile of the app’s users, understand their needs, and, when applicable, their current experience--which will give the direction of the app’s development.
Assembling a roadmap
Based on a story map, the team identifies the journey of the app and generate a prioritized backlog to get the development started.
At this last step, we focus on estimating the project’s cost and duration, recommending the right team for the job, and documenting the Discovery output.
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This platform empowers participants of a live event to understand their current financial situation and plan how to improve it accordingly. To set the design and development road map of this web app we held a Discovery phase focused on UX activities such as heuristic evaluation, user interviews and more. Discover the full case study
A Cross-Platform App for Boosting Healthier Workplaces
This was a multimodal solution developed with Xamarin.Forms that facilitates the implementation of health-contingent wellness programs. Before starting the development process, we organized a one-week Discovery phase on-site to conduct activities focused on the product's user experience. Discover the full case study
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