Discovery phase in software development

The discovery phase helps elicit, analyze, and prioritize the project requirements. Such groundwork lets you detect and mitigate risks and optimize resources.


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We follow the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). 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.
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Product design
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Collecting requirements
5.Development Phase
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8.Development Phase

During the discovery phase, we work with project requirements

  • Elicit and commit requirements
  • Align requirements with business goals and budget
  • Tailor requirements to demands of third-party services and regulators
  • Tailor architecture based on your goals and requirements
  • Prioritize requirements depending on your goals and tech aspects
  • Describe requirements for the development team

Why do 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.
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.
  • Project Manager
  • Solution Architect
  • Business Analyst

Documents you get

As a result of our work, you get documents that describe your project requirements and tech aspects of the development.
Feature breakdown list
You got a list of features and their descriptions. The feature breakdown list contains user stories that explain each feature from an end-user perspective. Based on FBL, we can create a rough estimation and specification.
Flow chart
Flow chart stands for a schematic diagram that shows how users would navigate through the screens. We match the flow chart with the feature breakdown list.
Activity diagram
The activity diagram shows the dynamic aspects of the system. Simply saying, it’s an advanced version of the flow chart that shows the flow from one activity to another.
Rough estimation
The rough estimation is based on the feature breakdown list. It’s a document with a minimum and maximum time to develop the necessary features.
Architecture diagram
An architecture diagram stands for the outline of the system and the relationships and boundaries between components. It provides the overall view of the physical deployment and its evolution roadmap.
Design concept
Having collected your design requirements, our Design team creates concepts for the necessary platforms. In the case of mobile development, we make two design concepts for you to choose from. For web development, we create one page with the most elements.

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Our projects from discovery phase
Global trading app
Global trading app
Global trading app

A trading app that matches product sellers with buyers

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Fitness Marketplace
Fitness Marketplace
Fitness Marketplace

This is the world's largest gym directory app that helps travelers find gyms across the globe.

Core tech
Node JS, Angular JS, Java

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Questions you may have
Single out the details about the discovery phase
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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