Every Great Website Begins with a Great Plan
Learn how Onsharp utilizes our Discovery process to ensure that your website project goes smoothly
Plan for Success
Creating Your Brand's Best Website
You wouldn’t start building a house without a plan, right?
Each of our website development projects starts with our Discovery process, similar to how a construction project always starts with detailed blueprints. During the Discovery process, we will work closely with your team to articulate your vision and define your priorities.
Why is Discovery so Important?
Building an office without a skilled architect or detailed blueprints would be a recipe for disaster. An architect and thorough blueprints are crucial for any successful construction project!
Just as you wouldn’t risk building your office space without proper planning, starting a new website project without a comprehensive plan can be a costly mistake.
At Onsharp, we act as the expert architects who create a detailed blueprint for your website. This blueprint shows you exactly what to expect from the finished product and provides the project’s cost and timeline.
Our Discovery process eliminates the risk of costly delays, miscommunication, and disappointing results by crafting a meticulous plan for every detail before the work begins.
What is the Discovery Process Like?
In our Discovery process, we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. The process is designed to be individualized, modular, and comprised of different workshops.
Having an individualized or modular model means workshops can be added or subtracted depending on what’s needed. his way, subject matter experts can also be brought in on an as-needed basis.
After the process is complete, you’ll receive a final project scope and estimate from our team. This will provide you with a clear understanding of the scope of the project and next actionable steps.
The different workshops and activities within each module are designed to make the process as enjoyable and effortless as possible. The workshops determine project requirements and ensure all necessary criteria are met.
After these workshops are complete you’ll have a final project scope and estimate so you have a full understanding of the entire project from start to finish.
List of Workshops
Length: 90 minutes
- Introduce teams
- Define roles and responsibilities
- Establish goals
- Set expectations for project success
The kickoff meeting is an opportunity for both teams to establish clear communication channels, set expectations, and define roles and responsibilities. By creating a shared understanding of the project’s scope, timeline, and goals, the development team can ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal.
During this meeting, the we will take the time to listen and learn about your business, and will ask detailed questions to gather as much information as possible.
The purpose of gathering this information is to determine a proper timeline for discovery and the number of additional workshops that will be required to successfully complete discovery.
Length: 60-90 minutes (each)
Goal: Define specific website features and functionality
These workshops allow our team to understand and outline the crucial features, operations, and integrations necessary for your website. These collaborative sessions facilitate a shared understanding of the project requirements, shaping a unified vision for the development journey ahead.
Throughout these interactive sessions, your team collaborates intensively with us. Together, we delve into comprehending user needs, articulating the characteristics of the site, and pinpointing the technological elements required to bring the desired functionality to life. This shared exploration ensures that every party is on the same page about the project’s direction, leading to a seamless development process.
The ultimate goal of these workshops is to ensure that the website’s features and capabilities are in perfect harmony with your business objectives. By meticulously examining your business goals and user needs, our team is able to devise a holistic and tailored plan for the development process. This careful planning enhances operational efficiency, mitigates potential risks, and results in a superior product finely tailored to your specific needs. It paves the way for a high-performing website that truly reflects your business vision and propels your digital success.
Length: 60 minutes
Goal: Ensure brand identity and consistency within the app
In these meetings, we dig into what your brand is all about, what you want your website to look like, and the kind of themes or special designs that will give your website the look you’re aiming for.
The main goal of these workshops is to make sure the design of the site fits perfectly with how you want your brand to be seen. By taking the time to really get to know your brand and what you want from your website’s design, we can make a detailed plan that saves time, avoids problems, and results in a top-notch website that shows off your brand just how you want it to.
We don’t just build websites, we strengthen brands.
Length: 1-2 hours
Goal: Develop a content strategy and plan for content development
In this workshop, we join forces with your team to come up with a solid plan for all the content on your website.
We’ll work together to figure out who will be using your site, look at the content you have already available, find out where there are gaps, and decide who will create any new content that’s needed.
The primary objective of this workshop is to ensure that the content on your website aligns with your brand, effectively communicates with your users, and fulfills their needs. By gaining a deep understanding of your brand, your target audience, and the specific content requirements, we can develop a comprehensive plan that not only prevents issues but also delivers high-quality websites that truly represent your brand and provide genuine value to your visitors.
Length: 60-90 minutes
Goal: Determine app architecture and technology stack
Our architecture workshops are a crucial part of figuring out the best plan for your website. In these workshops, our teams join forces to figure out the best technology setup for your site so that it will perform as you need it to.
In these workshops, we work together to decide on the technology aspects that will ensure that your site has the capabilities you want.
The main point of these workshops is to make sure the technical aspects of your site fits with what your business needs, what technology you’re already using, and your big-picture plans for the project.
Length: 60 minutes (each)
Goal: Determine design elements, visual theme, and user interface features for your app
The Design Workshop focuses on getting all of the design details for your website just right.
During this workshop, our teams work together to determine how your final website will look. Our goal is to ensure that the site perfectly aligns with your brand identity, allowing it to become a showcase for your business.
During these workshops, we will identify the design elements, visual themes, and user interface features needed for your site. By utilizing your brand identity and design guidelines, the development team will create a comprehensive plan that ensures your site exemplifies your brand’s style.
Length: 60-90 minutes
Goal: Provide a detailed scope, budget, and timeline for app development
The Scope Presentation marks the end of the Discovery phase. This is when we will present the full scope, timeline, and budget for your website development project.
We will go over every detail of the process and ensure that all of your requirements are accounted for. You will come away with a complete picture and full understanding of the development process, the estimated timeline, and the overall cost.
The goal of the Scope Presentation is to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the project’s scope, budget, and timeline.
Once the presentation is complete, we can move forward with the Develop and Deliver phases, confident that we have all the details necessary to deliver your perfect website.
How Long Does the Process Take?
It depends, but typically 4-8 weeks.
Discovery is the most critical phase of the development process, so we take the time to do it right.
As you would expect, the length of the process is highly dependent on the complexity of the project.
That being said, we make the discovery process as efficient as possible, and it often takes between 4 to 8 weeks to complete.
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