Discovery or scoping phase is a process of collecting and analyzing information about the project, its intended market, audience. It allows getting a well-rounded and in-depth understanding of the goals, scope, and limitations.
Business discovery stage helps understand the end users, their needs, and requirements. The technical part of the process leads to the system requirements specification (SRS)
. This document includes information necessary for development. For example, primary and additional features, measurable deliverables, and more.
Depending on the project's scope, the discovery phase can last from one week to two months
. One sprint (2 weeks) is a typical timeframe. The cost may be fixed or calculated based on the hourly rates and the time spent. Project manager
, business analyst
, and account manager
take the lead during the discovery stage. Sometimes team leads, developers, or designers can join the efforts. They help with SRS, wireframe prototypes or scope assessment.
At the onset of the discovery phase, the team requests several meetings. Each of them can be 1 to 2 hours long and helps to get a better understanding of the project. The rest of the process doesn't require your constant input
Considering the time and budget investments, the discovery phase outputs are crucial. Once it is complete, you will receive