The Discovery Sprint is a process that occurs at the early stages of a project and it’s designed to guide the team in defining the problem to solve and propose innovative solutions for it. It’s an ordered way of research and process the data obtained that will help to reduce uncertainty and speed up the creation of a product aligned with the business objectives, scope, and budget.
The experts in key areas (Product, UX, Tech) will work together as a multidisciplinary team throughout the Discovery Sprint to understand and define:
When a project is starting, there is a lot of uncertainty. It is not only that there is some information that is not known, but also there can be information gaps between different parts of an organization, a lot of assumptions that aren’t verified and a lack of a shared vision. All these issues can be counterproductive to the project if they are not identified in time.
The discovery sprint works on bringing a common goal and direction to the team and provide all team members with a shared vision. It also serves to identify in time any potential obstacles that may appear in the following sprints that can delay or damage the project.
It also works on consider how the project fits into the clients’ current infrastructure and processes, and the team has the chance to give advice on what should be changed, improved or updated to make the current and the new to work together successfully.
Within a week, the team has to work on different stages, each one of those will bring light over the current uncertainties and will provide definitions about what is need to be done. Documentation will be produced to collect all the key insights found along with any follow-up actions that need to be further explored/answered.
Based on the Design Squiggle by Damien Newman to show how uncertainty is reduced during a discovery Sprint, to start with the production with a clear vision and a detailed plan of how to achieve it.
Documentation such as this helps to align all project stakeholders around what the scope of the project is and what the desired end goal looks like.
The final goal of a discovery sprint is to define:
At the end of the discovery sprint, with a clear and shared idea of the main objective, artifacts like wireframes and tech documentation that gives the stakeholders visibility of the scope and the shape of the project, uncertainty is reduced dramatically. The team is now ready to start the design and develop stage to bring it to life.