The Discovery Stage increases your chances of joining the ranks of successful startups, since almost half of IT projects fail without prior preparation.
That's why you need the software discovery phase as part of your SDLC strategy.
30% development costs savings: that's what you get through the Discovery Stage.
What is SDLC?
SDLC stands for Software Development Life Cycle and describes the efficient process of digital product creation. It starts with thorough preparation, requirements gathering, analysis, and rough prototyping; then it's time for development, testing, deployment, and, of course, maintenance. Moreover, all the stages before development belong to the discovery phase steps.
When Do You Need a Software Discovery Phase?
Discovery Phase Types
#1. Discovery planning
It all starts with a discussion of the upcoming Discovery project. In particular, the following issues should be paid attention to:
- Who will represent the client?
- What experts will conduct Discovery?
- What techniques should be applied in the process?
#2. Processing project requirements
In the second stage of the discovery phase in software development, the real work begins. It involves collecting and analyzing project requirements, which is followed by making reasoned conclusions (our advice on the steps to be taken to meet these requirements):
- Business requirements. We determine the product value for the client and users (separately). Also, a Discovery team works on a client's business case in order to find the scenario it covers.
- Functional requirements: that is, what your software should be capable of doing, what features it must have to achieve your set goals.
- Non-functional requirements. This includes everything answering the question: "How should the system perform its functions?" It’s mostly about load requirements, the number of users, product architecture, scalability, and more.
- Design requirements that should turn into a product prototype: wireframes, sketches, or even mockups (whatever your project needs).
#3. Technical research
The purpose of this research is to determine the technical feasibility of your product. Are there any limitations or special conditions? What tools are best to use to implement the project? More specifically, the tech research includes the following steps:
- Tech Constraints. What restrictions can interfere with the product implementation and how to avoid them?
- Technologies to be used. The technical expert analyzes the project and decides which technologies are the ideal solution in this particular case.
- Proposed architecture. The next step is to define the approximate software architecture (this will facilitate the delivery stage in the future).
- Integrations. Also, the task of tech research is to figure out useful integrations that can ensure the product's performance.
#4. Vision & Scope document
At the final stage, all of the above forms a file called Vision & Scope. In addition to this document, the Discovery team conducts a presentation to explain every project detail to the client and answer possible questions he might ask.