Product Discovery Phase

Get assistance from our professional team to dive into the first step of the development process Undertake all the research you need to fully scope and plan your entire digital project

AWARDS
The Discovery phase is a process that takes place before kicking off project development. Discovery services offered by Cleveroad help you turn project requirements into a clear plan to speed up the development and improve the product quality. A properly conducted Discovery phase saves up to $200 000 on product development: it's considerably bigger than the price of discovery.
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Project's budget optimization
Defining the solution scope
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Discovery phase value

Discovery services offered by Cleveroad help you turn project requirements into a clear plan to speed up the development and improve the product quality
Precise Definition of Development Inputs
Gain a clear vision of the project, conduct a risk assessment, comply with the legislation and domain best practices for a smooth delivery, align business goals with user needs, and create a useful and financially successful product
Finding Software’s Growth Points
Reveal the outdated and ineffective aspects of the existing system, discover a field for upgrades, and ensure that the system meets the latest industry standards of security, usability, and interoperability
Business Processes’ Clarification
First, define your business processes "as is'', analyze them, and improve the daily routine flow of actions and tasks — with your technology level "as is". Then, define the ways to automate manual processes to increase your business's efficiency and performance and propose the proper technical solution.

Place of Discovery in SDLC

We follow the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process in our work. Preparation and project planning are important for further SDLC phases to reach cost-effective development. That's why we cover the Collecting requirements, Analysis, and Product design during the discovery phase.
1.Discovery phase
Product design
2.Discovery phase
Analysis
3.Discovery phase
Preparation
4.Discovery phase
Collecting requirements
SDLC
5.Development Phase
Development
6.Development Phase
Testing
7.Development Phase
Deployment
8.Development Phase
Maintenance

Product discovery process

Preparation
Day 1
Day 3
Deep dive
Day 4
Day 10
Solution definition
Day 10
Day 15
Preparation
Duration: 1-3 days
Initial requirements analysis by our team and preparation of the optimal Discovery plan
Business Analysis
  • Business environment exploration
  • Market investigations and research
  • A detailed plan for the Discovery implementation
Solutions Architecture
  • Business goals and needs analysis
  • Technology landscape research
  • Initial list of the architecture limiting factors
UX/UX Design
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Creation of mood board for future concept
  • Enhancing discovery plan with UX activities
Ready to Start With Our Discovery Team Experts?
Other Cleveroad experts are engaged in the process if additional expertise is needed.
The Discovery phase is conducted by a qualified team of: The Discovery phase is conducte
Business Analyst
Solution Architect
UI/UX designer
UI/UX designer
Discovery phase deliverables
Documents that describe the project requirements and tech aspects of the development

Business Analysis

1
Feature breakdown list
During Discovery, we reveal different development aspects to create a detailed feature list with user stories and a rough estimation with specification based on it.
2
Impact Map
Impact Mapping enables decision-making about features to be built and incorporated into a product.
3
Activity/UML/BPMN diagrams/Flowcharts
Depending upon the project needs, we create diagram(s) in one of the notations for process visualization to represent a series of actions and flow control in a system.
4
Software Architecture Document (SAD)
The SAD BA part is updated according to the results of Discovery.

Solution Architecture

1
Quality Attribute Scenarios
Quality attributes are a set of system functional and non-functional requirements that are used to evaluate the system performance. Quality Attribute Scenarios document describes quality attributes and possible scenarios of actions.
2
More precise estimation
The estimation is based on the feature breakdown list. This document includes team composition and a minimum and maximum time to develop the necessary features. Team Composition is the configuration of a team. It is based on the team's task and is defined individually for each project to reach the best possible results during the development.
3
Project Plan
A project plan defines project goals and objectives, specifies tasks and goals achievement, and identifies resources needed, associated budgets, and timelines for completion.
4
Architecture diagram
An architecture diagram stands for the system's outline and the relationships and boundaries between components. It provides the overall view of the physical deployment and its evolution roadmap.

Design

1
Design concept
Design concept. Our Design team creates concepts for the necessary platforms based on design requirements. We make two of them for mobile development (to choose from), and one page with the most elements is for the web.
2
Mind Map
A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information into a hierarchy, showing relationships among pieces of the whole. It can help you find better and more creative solutions to problems, improve information retention, facilitate more effective brainstorming sessions with your team, and deliver a serious boost to your productivity.

Why you need a discovery phase

Clear requirements
The discovery phase is focused on clearing up your business and tech requirements. We single out features to fit your budget and follow industry standards.
Architecture tailored to goals
With a Solution Architect working on your product, we design architecture from the ground up to make sure it goes along with your business goals from the early stages.
Optimal development costs
The discovery phase is designed to define obstacles that may pop up during product development. Knowing all the risks, we can offer the solution that fits your budget.
Minimized risks
Your product idea goes through accurate analysis and planning. It means that you get a detailed project estimate and minimize failed deadlines and overpayment.
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Discovery phase includes

The discovery phase's main goal is to exclude unknowns, prepare technical basis and UX design following your needs, and provide an accurate project time and cost estimation in the end.
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Feature breakdown list
Business Analysts hold meetings with you to discuss business needs, user and functional requirements. After that, the Solution Architect checks the tech feasibility and suggests removing or keeping features to launch faster. You approve the final feature list before moving to the next stage.
Staff
  • Project Manager
  • Solution Architect
  • Business Analyst

Certifications

We keep deepening the expertise to meet your highest expectations and build even more innovative software

AWS

Solution Architect, Associate

AWS

Security, Speciality

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner®

AWS

SysOps Administrator, Associate

Udacity

Blockchain developer

LPI

Linux professional certification

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Our Clients Say

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Founder of el Tab

"I was very happy with their overall performance. I was very pleased that the team would regularly come to me with suggestions of how to improve the app."

Our awards

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Questions you may have
MVP stands for a minimum valuable product. It’s a product with just enough features to be usable by first customers.
The discovery phase helps you elicit, analyze, and prioritize features and finalize requirements. It allows clearing out tech aspects of the project and estimating the price.
The discovery phase helps reduce development costs and minimize risks since you’ve already defined possible obstacles and ways to avoid them. Analyzing your goals, we can tailor the appropriate architecture.
There are several stages:
  • Project kick-off. Holding a kick-off meeting to get acquainted with the team and learn more about each member’s role.
  • Feature breakdown. Business Analysts hold meetings with you to discuss user needs and functional requirements.
  • Rough estimation. Developers, designers, and QA engineers estimate the feature list for the required platforms. You get a rough estimation — minimum and maximum time needed to develop each feature.
  • Team composition. The Sales Manager collects the development team — developers, designers, and QA engineers. The Solution Architect and Project Manager validates the team.
  • Concept creation. Designers create two visual concepts of the product for you to choose from.
  • Specification. Business Analyst writes a specification covering tech aspects and describing each feature in the form of user stories.
  • Wireframes. Designers start creating wireframes — a layout of a user interface.
  • Final review. Quality Assurance engineers check each user story and wireframe for logic mistakes and guideline violations.
  • Detailed estimation. Our developers and designers estimate the final product development cost for each platform.
  • Specification
  • Rough estimate
  • Detailed estimate
  • Wireframes
  • Activity diagram
  • Flow chart
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