Every project is unique and requires a combination of phases in order to accomplish the project’s goals efficiently and successfully. The creation of a new concept, no matter how small or large, requires the following phases through the project’s lifespan: Discovery & Research, Information Architecture, Interface Design, Design Production, Coding & Development, Testing and Deployment.
Many mid-large size project’s definition can not be defined well enough to accurately outline the required scope, features and functions that are required to comprise a well informed project plan, milestones, budget or timeline accurately. These projects benefit from going through a discovery process to inform their proof of concept and to generate a comprehensive RFP.
Separating the Discovery & Research phase from the rest of the project process and treating it uniquely results in the ability to define the project requirements and allows the remaining phases to unfold appropriately and accordingly, resulting a project that is both on time and on budget.
Engaging in an immersive Discovery session can often appear costly at first, but the reality is that is saves the client from receiving an inaccurate proposal resulting in a compromised project or pursuing a project that proves to not have a sound future.
Discovery sessions are typically 4-8 hours long and often broken up into 2 half day sessions. Sessions are led by Counterspace. We work to capture each idea and take that idea through a short proof of concept process. By capturing all ideas and using our experience to guide the team, we are able to build a clear picture of the possible directions this project can take. The goal is to find a technology and user experience that will serve the organization efficiently for many years to come, as well as to arm the stakeholders with information and insight about the creation process and requirements for each step.
Counterspace will then conduct additional off-site discovery, including follow up communications with various team members in order to produce documentation providing our recommendations for a project’s life cycle. This will be used to form the baseline for the future of the project development, whether that be with Counterspace or another design and development firm.