01 // Discover
From Problem to Blueprint
Custom software is defined by possibility. Determining what to build (and what not to build) is the deciding factor behind a successful delivery.
Our most impactful work starts at ground level, in the form of a problem statement. Discovery combines process, experience, and planning to map a solution to a web application — all while keeping a firm grasp on budgets and timelines. By the end of this phase, we’ll have a shared vision of the aforementioned what to build paired with how to build it.
Project Planning Meeting
We kick things off with an onsite meeting to collaboratively hash out objectives, metrics for success, and priorities.
In order to be successful in the balancing act that is software, we’re looking for a peek behind the curtain. What does success look like? What do you do better than your competitors? How could this fail? Ranking and prioritization of needs serves as the basis of high-level decisions throughout the project.
At the same time, we’ll work to cover design and technology preferences, talk through existing standards and restrictions, and detail devices alongside accessibility.
Wireframes & Documentation
Wireframes provide a swift path to visualizing and iterating on ideas alongside stakeholders and potential users. These easy-to-edit, low-fidelity mockups are perfect for demonstrating features and flow before diving into the details.
This phase includes documentation of the specifications and details discussed, generally in wiki form. Paired with wireframes, these two deliverables work together in providing the complete picture (a single source of truth) for everyone moving forward.
Phases & Estimates
We’re pretty good at ballparking an estimate and timeline during initial conversations, but no one can give you precision before some leg work. Missing on cost is a major contributor to the 50% failure rate on new software projects industry-wide (a number we can’t verify anecdotally, fortunately). Collaborative scope and wireframes in hand, we’ll have the blueprint to provide narrower dates and numbers worth standing behind.
From here, you’re free to choose your own adventure: continue using us for implementation (details at Design and Develop), hand these documents off to an internal team, or bring our consultative work to a separate vendor.
“[Envy Labs] challenged us to think differently to build the website that truly fit our vision and in a way so it is scalable for years to come.”Stefan Woort-Menker
Combining process, experience, and planning, we’ll collaboratively create the blueprint behind the what and the how — all while keeping a firm grasp on budgets and timelines.
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