Anticipate Mistakes: Start your app projects with the Discovery Phase

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The app world has taken the globe by storm. Do you know what is the current force behind the current top-rated apps? Can you guess what is taking these apps by storm?

Strategising right, is the key to successful development of a software. This is exactly what you do when you engage in ‘project discovery’. The discovery phase in software development is the first step towards developing a highly rated app. It ensures that we set up realistic goals and also prepares ùs for a veritable customer response.

To make mistakes is human, but it is only a handful of us who are trained at anticipating them.  Discovery phase helps the app development team assess the market needs, budgetary requirements and the profitability of the app being developed. We urge you, for once, to invest meticulously in planning out your discovery phase. Trust us, the benefits will make you follow it as your firm’s protocol.

What is Project Discovery Phase and why is it so crucial to app development?

The project delivery phase is basically an advanced research phase which takes into account even the most minute details. It helps in charting out the wireframe protocol and in modelling the system requirements specification (SRS).

Every app development project completes a cycle of phases and subphases. The first and the one of prime importance is the project discovery phase.The success of the subsequent phases is determined on the comprehensiveness and precision of this process. Quite often, firms execute it in a workshop mode. The team responsible for this initial phase includes team leaders (or tech leads), project managers, app developers, analysts and financial consultants. All the team members are allocated separate jobs such as Business Goal Identification, Determining  Customer and End user Requirements, App Success Appraisal, Tracing End User Journey, Budgeting the development, Profit Allocation and Profiling of Competitors etc. Each finding undergoes critical assessment and evaluation. Incorporation of expert recommendations helps anticipate a reliable plan of action. In the absence of this initial wealth of work (which was earlier ignored and tagged as superfluous), an app development plan may fall flat. In fact in current times, a plan’s success depends upon the discovery phase theme.

Tools and Techniques for proper execution of the Discovery Phase:

Developing a high-rated, user friendly app bases itself on details and figures that can be put into different categories.. The tools and techniques employed in the Discovery Phase help in categorization and analysis of the data. :

  • Business Goal Identification: This is the first sub-phase which helps in brainstorming and mind mapping the business model. Setting up goals makes the A visual and interactive model of your analysis helps concise the conclusions and make them easily comprehensible. The mind map also aids in identifying company limitations, user requirements, setting the basic compatible android/iOS, fostering effective internal communication and relationships.
  • Tracing End User Journey: User stories closely map the consumer actions. They help transform an abstract business model  into a functional one. User journeys also help in targeting how each new feature helps in overcoming existing problems.
  • Charting the Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) Chart: The chart helps in app success appraisal. This subphase demonstrates an easily understandable end-to-end business model highlighting the working of the platform, its interactions with the user and how the platform helps the user in achieving his intended goal.
  • Request-Response Model: This subphase under Project Discovery Phase helps identify the key features that need to be outsourced or integrated with the help of third party services.
  • Profit Allocation and Profiling of Competitors : A SWOT analysis of the model helps in assessing the profitability and uniqueness of the model. It helps evaluate the
    • the strengths /unique features,
    • weaknesses of your competitor and your app,
    • opportunities that are available for your apps growth and
    • threats that may negatively affect your outreach and growth.

The cumulation of all these subphases aids in revising the drafted model. A well researched and well analysed model is the best offering you could give to your developers.

Indeed what we get from a the series of analyses and visual reporting in the discovery phase is no less than a ‘discovery’.

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