You know the problem you want to solve, but how do you get working software out of that?

Even the world’s most sophisticated and respected organizations often struggle with the business challenge of picking the right software, or developing the right custom software.

The biggest problem once a business problem has been identified is how to turn it into specific software requirements which result in a great application that people love using. Even harder to do it on-time and on budget.   

This challenge transcends almost all types of technology projects. From reaching a specific audience, to building an interface people love using, or getting an application to tie into mission-critical business and data systems effectively and easily, picking or developing the right software is enormously complex. The impact to the business is massive.

Discovery and Process. A comprehensive discovery process helps to uncover, understand, and interpret mission critical information which should shape the software development process. 

Combining discovery with the right process to uncover and outline all the various factors which will go into solving the business challenge is essential. So is designing an exceptional user experience, and produce working software that checks all the right boxes for success is essential.   

Discovery and Process. A comprehensive discovery process helps to uncover, understand, and interpret mission critical information which should shape the software development process. Combining discovery with the right process to uncover and outline all the various factors which will go into solving the business challenge, design an exceptional user experience, and produce working software that checks all the right boxes for success is essential.   

During discovery, important aspects should be revealed which will shape the software decisions:

  1. Nuances about the business which should impact the development of the software
  2. Target audience
  3. Industry-specific aspects which need to be considered.

Even when an organization has a crystal-clear vision of how the product should work, there is much to consider when looking at various off-the-shelf packages, or translating that vision into actual, workable, and effective custom software requirements.

As important to the end product as discovery is, the right process to uncover and outline all the various factors which will go into solving the business challenge, design an exceptional user experience, and produce working software that checks all the right boxes for success is essential.   

There are a number of fundamental success factors to consider in software development:

  1. Gathering momentum and consensus from large and varied groups of people
  2. Fostering collaboration without sacrificing time

Reducing risks from an architecture perspective, and UX perspective

  1. Reducing the amount of bugs or defects in the finished product
  2. General usability of the application
  3. Getting the product developed, refined, tested and into users hands on time, and on budget

If your organization has needs around a technology project that will solve a particular business challenge, but aren’t sure how to take that from the whiteboard into your users hands, take a look at how we combine discovery and process.