The discovery phase represents the preliminary stage of a software development project. Throughout this phase, experts conduct in-depth market research, analyze client business goals, and establish functional and non-functional requirements for the future product.
The results from the discovery phase are comprehensive documentation and a detailed overview of the entire product development process.
This includes the product vision, recommended technologies, integrations, and product architecture. Additionally, the phase involves the creation of a design concept, interactive prototypes, and a roadmap presenting a transparent picture of the final product. The primary goal of the project discovery phase is to align closely with the client’s expectations and fulfill all product requirements.
While most software development companies include some form of the discovery phase within their development process, often it’s a simplified version, neglecting in-depth market research and analysis of users' needs. It is highly recommended to conduct a thorough discovery phase to avert potential risks, pitfalls, and misunderstandings that commonly emerge during product development.
The project discovery proves to be exceptionally effective in shaping the project's timeline, budget, final product requirements, and specifications. Conducting a discovery phase often reduces cost by identifying MVP's essential features and leaving others for subsequent iterations.