Discovery phase


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What is a discovery phase

The discovery phase is an exploratory stage you should complete to define the project plan, budget, and time frame before developing software for a digital project. It involves researching and determining the project scope by a team of business analysts, engineers, UX/UI designers, and solution architects.

You need the discovery phase if you are

A startup with only an idea of a project

Starting with the discovery phase will allow you to define your business goals, develop a project plan, and get UX/UI concepts that will later become clickable UX/UI prototypes - a critical point for raising your first round of funding.

An established business looking for optimization

The discovery phase will help you decide what processes can be automated in your business and how. Thanks to this step, you’ll get your initial documentation, project requirements, a killer tech stack, and cost estimation.

Who is involved in the process

Discovery team

  • Business analyst

    Will work on the use cases and project requirements in cooperation with the client.

  • Solution architect

    Will design the project development architecture and choose the tech stack.

  • UX designer

    Will be responsible for building excellent user experience and clickable wireframes.

  • Project manager

    Will manage the discovery phase, develop the project plan, cost estimates, and timelines.

Stakeholders

  • Client

  • Users

How the discovery phase unfolds

During the 2 to 4 weeks it takes to run the discovery phase, we hold requirement elicitation sessions with the team every 2 or 3 days.

1
Business goal identification
The discovery team and the stakeholders identify the challenges the digital project will address and define high-level specifications regarding the end-goals and the core functions.
2
Market and competitor research

The discovery team and the client identify how competitors address similar challenges and monitor tendencies on the market using competitive landscape and market analysis.

3
Project roadmap

The design team visualizes the customer journey and business process mapping to make sure there are no gaps in the customer experience and it is seamless across all touchpoints with your software.

4
UX concepts & wireframes

Based on the research and the project roadmap, our team creates interactive prototypes ready to be tested out by real users.

5
Technical solutions

The discovery team forms the Software Requirement Specification (SRS) that outlines the composition of the dev team and the tech stack for the project.

6
Project finalization

The stakeholders receive a document with the finalized core functionality, business goals, user journeys, success criteria, an interactive design prototype, and the SRS.

The deliverables you’ll receive

The discovery phase is not a simple formality; you get tangible deliverables after it's over.

Clickable UX/UI prototypes

Clickable visual prototypes that allow you to present the user interface of your application to the stakeholders.

Software requirement specification (SRS)

A document that outlines the development team composition, the tech stack, the functional and non-functional requirements of the system.

Architecture concept

Representation of the future project’s structure, its components and the connections between them.

Project plan

An action plan that maps the scope of the project with a defined timeline and milestones.

Development cost proposal

The overall cost of building the application. It gives the stakeholders an idea of how much investment will be required.

80%

of projects started without the discovery phase failed because of the bloated budget and scope creep.

*according to our internal statistics

The benefits you'll get after the discovery phase

  • Understanding of how your business will operate after automation

  • The development results you can expect and when

  • An established budget to plan your costs beforehand

  • A development plan that can help cut initial costs when you adhere to it

Sombra’s clients’ success stories

The discovery phase for a startup that connects photographers and videographers

The startup’s idea is a platform designed to help photographers and videographers network and cooperate. The platform also allows users to search, monitor, and apply for creative jobs.

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Choose the pack that fits your needs

UI/UX + BA Pack

Best Deal for Startups

$5000

The Team

- Project manager
- Business analyst
- UX analyst

Results

- Project concept
- Prototypes
- Visual concept

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BA + TECH Pack

Best for Established Businesses

$6500

The Team

- Business analyst
- System architect

Results

- Project concept
- Architecture concept
- Product roadmap

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UI/UX + BA + TECH Pack

Best for Established Businesses

$9000

The Team

-- Project manager
- Business analyst
- UX analyst
- System architect

Results

- Project plan
- Project concept
- Architecture concept
- Visual concept
- Prototypes

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