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Why a Paid Discovery Phase Makes Sense for Your Web Development Project

Whether you’re trying to add an existing website or build a new one, here’s how a paid discovery phase can add value to your project.

A good discovery phase isn’t just a technical checklist – it should analyze the project through the scope of the business to find opportunities for success. Ultimately, things need to be examined from a more broad context first before getting down to implementation – why are we doing this and how can it best benefit the business?

What is discovery?

A discovery phase is a consulting engagement entered into with the goal of creating a detailed scope of work for a project. The consultant and the client will work together to examine business needs, existing frameworks, and options for implementation.

In practice, it can look like a combination of any of the following: a series of meetings, interviews, written responses or questionnaires, and finally, a deliverable provided by the consultant.

What you should end up with

  • Clear scope of work outlining exactly what should be done and how it will be implemented
  • Pro/con analysis of different options including cost variances
  • Budget and timeline for implementing the work, if the consultant also provides said services

Benefits to the client

  • Clear scope of work which can then be shopped around if necessary
  • Identifies opportunities for cost savings or revenue¬†generation
  • Equally important, it identifies potential pitfalls that were not considered
  • You also end up with a consultant who understands your business and a plan that has taken its needs into consideration
  • Everyone is clear on expectations, which equates to a quicker, smoother, and more efficient project
  • This also means less money spent on scope creep and revisions

Basic example of an effective discovery project

  • Client comes to developer with a project requesting a form to be built so their customers can upload PDF order forms
  • A discovery phase which analyzes their business needs, project requirements, and existing framework may lead to an online version of the same form, or even a client login area where customers can keep track of their entries over time.
  • Final result is a better user experience for customers and decreased administrative costs for the client
November 15, 2019 Clients