In the previous articles, I mentioned the importance of architecture, and how it can positively influence the outcome of the project. However, before the architecture is created, there is a significant step that determines the success of your project, it’s called the discovery phase.
In a few words, the Discovery phase is a process where you collect and analyze information about your future project. It can be its scope, budget, expected profitability and timeline, but the most challenging and important part is a deep understanding of the business reason for that project.
One of the approaches that you can use to collect all that crucial information is Design Thinking. This set of workshops aims at answering critical business questions through five steps: understanding, sketching, deciding, prototyping, and testing ideas. After 2 to 5 days, you get a tested prototype that is based on your clients’ needs. In the following article, I’ll show you how to use and what you should avoid using this method:
Design thinking promises a lot of what you can achieve in the discovery phase. However, for everything to work, you need to have a well-structured action plan and fully devote yourself to the role of being a facilitator or finding one yourself. If you have the challenge to find an appropriate one, don’t hesitate and contact me.