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A discovery phase is a starting point for getting the expected values of any software product. This stage is a must-have to correctly identify all functional and non-functional requirements, and analyze business goals, which ultimately allows us to offer you the most appropriate technology stack, define the project scope, and estimate its cost.
You might wonder how a discovery phase works and what steps it includes. Here are the key stages.
These include business and IT executives, investors, product owners from the client's side; the discovery phase team — from the vendor's side.
The vendor explores and identifies the critical business and technical challenges that are to be solved with the help of a software solution.
The team conducts in-depth research on existing IT infrastructure and architecture, including functionality, dependencies, QA practices.
Once all requirements are defined, the client gets a software requirements specification (SRS) for approval.
The client is offered the most effective technology stack regarding SRS and best practices. Based on that, a development team is built up.
It's not about choosing Agile or Waterfall only, but also about a communication plan, reporting, acceptance criteria, and metrics.
For guaranteed project success and accurate costs, we create a Work Breakdown Structure as a part of the discovery phase deliverables.
The client receives the discovery phase deliverables predefined at the beginning. Check out the standard deliverables list below.
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Here’s a standard team composition for the discovery phase activities. However, this list is not limited to — we’ll provide other specialists if required.
Manages discovery phase project, ensures effective communication between stakeholders.
Uses data to identify gaps between business and IT, determines and formalizes requirements.
Creates software architecture and lays out the requirements for functionality and design.
Creates a wireframe and prototype according to UI/UX requirements.
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