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The Discovery Phase is the ultimate safety plan for digital products. As far as maths and science go.
Discovery is a value packed service including UX and tech research & prototype creation and development roadmap — everything to make sure your future MVP has more chances for success.
If you have a great business hunch you do not need the Discovery service. But in case you prefer making data-driven decisions and planning ahead, all while saving time and money for future development, it might be a great fit. Especially when you are looking into:
Picture this: you come up with a great idea, but it needs to be validated and tested. This way you can present real-life data to your future investors.
When you have a grounded vision of your product, that needs to be proved right (or wrong) and checked if your end-user actually needs it.
In case you have a ready-to-go concept, but you want to test it along with the product’s features when it’s unclear if your project is viable and technically possible.
Let’s say that your business is affected by the subpar product’s performance. Then you might be looking into changing to a different tech stack.
Research and testing at the onset of your project can tell if your brilliant idea is capable of living up to expectations. ‘Why is the Discovery phase beneficial?’ you may ask. Well, we made a list:
In the same way that software development is a complex and very project-specific process, each discovery project must be treated differently. But here's a general guide on our approach to the Discovery process:
In the first step, we gather all the info we can about the project. After conducting thorough market and competitor research we are able to properly structure the project’s scope. Our team defines user personas, identifies essential features, and assesses all the alternatives prior to aligning this vision with the stakeholders.
Discover people, not projects. $1 invested in UX brings $100 in return. We talk to users, learn their real problems, and based on our findings you’ll know how your product should be & feel in order to meet the end users’ needs.
Technology should be aligned with your business, not the other way around. Tech & Architecture Research is a super detailed investigation of technical possibilities that we do to align your project business goals with the project scope, optimizing both development costs and time.
Our designers carefully consider all user journeys and research findings before jumping into the project to make sure it connects with your audience and differentiates you on the market. The end result is a winning UX/UI for your product that is a breeze to implement for development.
At this stage, rather than branding an idea with a true/false mindset, we go into full discovery mode. Researching new information relating to people's problems is what it's all about. This is where we find out if your idea has a shot at becoming the next big thing. It's game on if we figure out how to make users fall in love with your product!
It is possible for the Discovery team to change depending on the project. However, some key members are responsible for overseeing the entire Discovery phase.
Say hi to Svitlana, our Product Owner, her job is our tactical response to product management.
Svitlana translates the product vision into actionable tasks and works with cross-functional agile teams to execute those requirements.
Oleksandr can organise processes for any project, as passionately as he recites Ukrainian poetry. Oleksandr has worked on a healthcare product FlipMD, that was acquired by a Fortune 500 company!
As a project manager, Oleksandr makes sure everything runs smoothly and keeps track of what’s going on.
Michael is known to some as Fulcrum’s CTO, to others as the god of programming, as he can solve anything development-related. He always comes up with tech solutions that suit best for each and every project.
Technical requirements analysis and suggestion of tools and methodologies are his specialities.
Fedir has 30+ projects under his belt, and he’s worked on Buff, Mercedes-Benz Ukraine and many more.
Fedir lives in Troieshchyna, and we suspect that he has no fear in this life. As a UI/UX designer, he is responsible for both research and creating an intuitive user interface.
We will deliver the following items after completing the Discovery phase:
Project roadmaps serve as visual representations of the project’s goals, tasks, and assignments. A project roadmap usually includes the following components:
A roadmap needs to be perfected over time since it’s a collaborative and dynamic document. Thus, it will be revisited and updated as the project comes to life.
Essentially, a business model canvas describes how a business or product will get to market successfully. The categories contained in a canvas can be customized. But most will cover such key areas as:
User personas represent the users who are likely to use your product. In order to create the potential user groups for your product, we conduct user research to learn about your users, their behaviour, characteristics, needs, and goals. Using this research, you define the user personas and reference them in the design process in order to make the correct decisions.
Once user personas are defined, the next step is to determine how the user will perform tasks in the product also known as user flows As part of the design process, steps and flow are described and shown in a visual representation.
Wireframes provide a basic blueprint for how your product’s layout and design structure. Using simple greyscale lines and boxes, wireframes specify the screens, layout, navigation, and functionality of the product and define its building blocks.
PRDs outline the specific features, and functionality as they drive the development process of a product. A PRD is written to capture the product vision and requirements. Each subsequent document in the release is guided by the PRD. Originally, PRDs were used in the military sector, where complex product requirements needed to be captured. Later on, it made its way to the business world becoming an essential tool for product development.
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