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Agile discovery phase
Kick-start your software development project in a single discovery sprint
The discovery phase is one of the most important stages in a software development life cycle. We often refer to it as Sprint 0 – an intense week or two focused on planning, defining product strategy, expectations and in-depth analysis of goals ahead. From basic analysis through draft mockups to clear development outline.
With the development team & Client stakeholders at the same table, we get everyone on the same page about the application we’re about to build.
The discovery workshop was really helpful and constituted a good start to the project. In just 3 days, we managed to hold all the discussions necessary for the team to gain an in-depth understanding of what the project is all about and to plan works.
Discovery sprint preparation
Before we dive deeper into project analysis, we gather information necessary to make the most of the workshop meetings.
We check for current trends in your field and industry.
If you came to us hoping to build your solution with a specific technology in mind, we’ll cross-reference your initial brief and suggest possible tech stack configurations.
We assign an initial product team to your discovery workshops, usually consisting of a Product Owner, a Tech Lead and a UX Designer.
We note down all the “whys,” “whens” or “hows” we can think of, to make sure we understand the context before we build.
Onsite or remotely
Discovery workshop sessions
In 3–4 workshop sessions, we use various product design techniques to help us define your digital product.
We describe the users on the receiving end of the software to make sure we design for a seamless user experience.
Step-by-step, we go through each process element we’re about to incorporate into the software, to gain an in-depth understanding.
Having the process mapped, we define each user’s journey through the system, paying special attention to the goals underlying each action.
User stories & features
We describe in detail the emerging features & prioritize the backlog into must-haves and nice-to-haves for the initial launch.
Development-ready project backlog
After the workshops, our team sits down to structure all of the insights into a detailed development outline.
MVP development backlog
We prioritize all the features and put them in the correct order to implement small stages of the product faster.
A complex overview of the work’s aims, essential milestones, key deliverables, dependencies, and possible risks. All in the most straightforward document which drives you through the crucial project pieces.
Specific points on the project’s timeline which behave like indicator lights. Their role is to indicate the completion of a task or step, when the next iteration is due, or whether the project is progressing as planned.
Our role is to adjust the technology tailored to your project so that the solutions do not age with the development of the application.
First mockups or designs
A mockup that is done well at the initial stage of the project will serve us for a long time, facilitate work according to the schedule, and save a lot of work in critical moments of project development.
Discovery workshop team
Who will you work with during the discovery process?
Discovery workshop team
Who will you work with during the discovery process?
Gathers business contexts and maps processes.
Draws our thoughts and visualizes ideas.
Tech Lead / Solution Architect
Asks the right technical questions and discusses possibilities.
Glues it all together!
Remote discovery workshops
We’ve done more than 10 discovery workshops fully online
We’d love to meet for the workshops offline – show you around our hometown or visit your headquarters where your ideas came to life. When it’s not possible to meet in person – here’s what makes the process easy for everyone involved.
Half-day sessions for focus
Rest time between sessions
Use of collaborative tools
The value of discovery workshops
Discovery workshops benefits
Fixed-price discovery workshops service for cost predictability
Workshops are a closed product: they are focused on the development, last for a specific period of time and have a fixed price.
No need to continue development after the workshop
After the workshops, you can simply use the report for further work without the need to hire us as a partner.
Price reductions if we continue to work together
If you decide to hire us as a technology partner, you can get a discount of up to 50% or a full refund of the workshop costs.
Team dedicated to your success, fully focused on the project
Knowing the context behind your solution – the “whys” behind your digital product – is crucial to delivering a tool that meets the goals set.
Read more about our approach to discovery
The value of the Discovery workshops: What are the main benefits for the client?
During the Discovery workshops, both the client and our team members come up with new perspectives and ideas that may turn out to save time and money further down the line. The workshop proves to be not only the initial stage of the project, but also a huge investment in its future development.
If carried out thoughtfully, remote discovery workshops are equally effective as on-site ones. It’s all about thorough planning and using tools that streamline remote communication and collective brainstorming. We have experience organizing remote product workshops – reach out to us to hear more about them!
At Inwedo, we always provide you with detailed documentation. After the workshop, we put all the insights together, providing you with a clear development outline (a project backlog) containing the project roadmap, project milestones, MVP development backlog, technology recommendations, and first mockups or designs. All these elements set the direction of the product development that is about to begin.
Product discovery workshops can adopt different forms depending on the project specifics, but generally, they involve a preparation sprint and a few workshop sessions. In our case, the first phase involves market research, a technology check, and a team setup. During the sessions, we explore the goals behind the project and work on the product’s features using different techniques such as user stories, user personas, and user journey.
We conduct discovery workshops:
- both on-site and remotely,
- usually, it takes 3 to 4 sessions to come up with enough insights to
- prepare a complete project backlog.
In <a href=”/blog/post/the-value-of-the-discovery-workshops-part-1/”>this guide</a>, we explained how we conduct the process and which aspects we focus on during the workshop.
The aimed outcome of the discovery sessions is a development-ready project backlog that sets a course for the product development processes.
Any product development project can benefit from a discovery workshop, regardless of its target market, niche and complexity. Discovery is the most effective for the products in the early stage of development, as it helps to refine the idea behind it. However, it can also be used as a problem-solving tool in further stages of development.
Every project is unique, and there is no universal formula for running such a workshop. After discovery sprint preparation, we set up 3–4 workshop sessions to understand your digital product, during which we:
- describe user personas,
- map process elements we’re about to incorporate into the software,
- define each user’s journey, paying attention to the goals behind each action,
- describe features & prioritize the backlog.
After the workshops, we structure the insights into a detailed development outline.