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Discovery phase

Minimize the software development risks and ensure successful project completion within the estimated budget and time.

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What is the discovery phase?

Discovery phase is the first step of an agile software development cycle. It involves

Determining the software concept and requirements

Determining the software concept and requirements

Thorough analysis of the elicited project-related data

Thorough analysis of the elicited project-related data

Detailed planning for the first iterations / release.

Detailed planning for the first iterations / release.

Step 1

Comprehensively define the project idea and make sure that the whole team shares the same vision

Step 2

Validate the idea, analyzing its product-market fit

Step 3

Decide upon the best technical implementation of the project functionality, including the choice of software architecture and tech stack

Step 4

Estimate the duration and cost of software development

Let's peek at the discovery process at Apiko!

Jack

Jack

Apiko customer

  • Founder of a service providing company

  • Needs an app to help their HR department to manage recruiting

Mike

Mike

Apiko expert

  • Finds out customer’s needs

  • Gathers a team of professionals who can cope the best with the current project tasks

Nadia

Nadia

Business analyst

  • Gathers functional software requirements

  • Creates technical specification

  • Is attentive to details and makes sure all of them are taken into account

Irene

Irene

UI/UX designer

  • Creates eye-catching and functionable designs that not only look good, but also feel right for the particular application

  • Strives to provide excellent user experience, making interactions with an app intuitive and pleasant

Taras

Taras

Tech lead

  • Gathers non-functional app requirements

  • Chooses optimal software architecture

  • Picks the most suitable top-notch tech stack

  • Reveals potential hazards to minimize any risks

Max

Max

Project manager

  • Controls the software development process and makes it clear and transparent to the customer

  • Creates the project roadmap

  • Estimates the app implementation efforts

  • Plans the first release in details

Let’s meet with the discovery team!

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discovery phase

Check out the discovery phase deliverables Jack received during our collaboration

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discovery phase deliverables
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project discovery

Deliverables (and who is responsible for them)

Business analyst

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    Product vision & business goals

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    PDF

    Product Backlog

Nadia

Tech lead

Taras
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discovery phase of a project

Deliverables (and who is responsible for them)

Business analyst

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    Detailed requirements for the 1st sprint

Nadia

UI/UX designer

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    PDF

    Elaborated designs for the 1st sprint

Irene

Project manager

Max
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Frequently asked questions:

Predefined project scope

Project discovery clearly defines the software development objectives and splits them into measurable deliverables. It eliminates the chance of chaotic adjustments and changes to the project scope, assuring its smooth and timely implementation.

Meeting the deadlines on time

Discovery phase of a project provides us with the defined project scope, and step-by-step plan for reaching the milestones. Thus, it prevents from extending the development timeframe, and helps to avoid any delays with software launch.

Good product-market fit

Clear project requirements help to stay true to the initial purpose, and develop a solution your target audience needs. With discovery you don’t risk to drift away from the primary project idea, and successively approach your validated business goals

Software that meets your expectations

Well-planned software functionality, architecture, and carefully chosen technology stack eliminate the risk of unexpected application rebuild or poor performance. This ensures

  • keeping up with the deadlines

  • building precisely the product you and its users are waiting for

  • timely application launch within the set budget.

The whole process at Apiko takes about three weeks.

Business Analysis & UX

  • Competitor analysis

  • Diagrams (UML/BPMN)

  • Business model canvas

  • Value proposition canvas

  • User persona analysis

  • User journey map

Software Engineering

  • Proof of Concept implementation

  • Review & analysis of services for integrations

Project Management

  • User Acceptance Testing Plan

  • Definition of Done / Definition of Ready (for scrum methodology)

  • Resource plan with budgeting

  • Risk matrix

  • RACI matrix

Explore our real-life project discovery phase example and feel free to reach out if you have any questions remaining.

The project discovery concludes with the planning phase. After its completion, you are all set to smoothly get on track with your web application or/and mobile app development . You are also ready to proceed with the detailed UX and UI design to provide the outstanding experience for the app users.

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