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Building Great Products: About Product Discovery & Benefits

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Razvan
UX/UI Designer
Apr 7, 2023 โ€ข 6 min

Building great products that meet user needs and provide a great user experience is critical for the success of any business.

However, many companies struggle to create products that resonate with users and drive business success. One of the key reasons for this is a lack of focus on product discovery in the product development process.

What is product discovery?

A product discovery workshop is usually the first step in a project development process and consists of researching, analyzing, and defining the key product features and functionalities of a digital solution, such as a mobile app or web app, to ensure that it meets the needs of its user personas.

Software product discovery workshops also involve creating a minimum viable product (MVP) that can be tested and refined based on user feedback. 
The MVP is a product version that includes only the core features needed to solve the user's problem, allowing designers and developers to test their assumptions and gather feedback before investing in additional features.

The Importance of Product Discovery

A discovery workshop is a critical phase in the entire process, where the focus is on understanding the business goals, the product vision, the value proposition, and user needs, defining the problem space, and identifying potential solutions.

1. It helps to identify user needs
The product discovery workshop helps to identify user needs and preferences. By gaining insights into user needs, designers can create a product for the target audience and provide a great user experience. This, in turn, increases user satisfaction and adoption rates, leading to meeting the business objectives.

2. Reduces the risk of failure
By identifying potential issues and making necessary adjustments in order to meet the expected outcomes, during the product discovery phase, designers can optimize the digital product, functionalities, and usability, ultimately leading to a better product that better aligns with the project vision.

3. Saves time and resources
This helps to reduce the risk of investing time, resources, and project budget in a product that is not focused on the key customer types, ultimately saving money and increasing the chances of success in the market.

4. Faster Time-to-Market
By identifying user needs and potential solutions at the very beginning of the app development lifecycle, designers can develop a product tailored to the project objectives and project goals and be ready for market more quickly.

The benefits of product discovery

As a critical step of the development phase, continuous product discovery benefits the design team, the end-users, and the business perspective.

User-Centered Design: Continuous product discovery workshops enable designers to focus on functional specifications, behaviours, and preferences, which helps to create successful products. By prioritizing user experience, designers can ensure that the product has the key product features and functions that provide a seamless experience.

Risk Mitigation: The continuous discovery process helps to mitigate the risks of building a product that fails to solve the pain points of the end-users or doesn't perform well in the market. By validating users' needs and user scenarios and conducting a market analysis, designers can identify potential risks and develop a product that addresses those risks.

Efficient Use of Resources: By conducting product discovery, design teams can develop a clear understanding of what is needed to create a successful product. This knowledge helps to identify the project's priorities, avoid unnecessary features, reduce time and costs, and have a clear overview of the development efforts.

Competitive Advantage: Through the product discovery workshop, we can identify gaps in the market and create unique solutions that differentiate the product from competitors. Creating a product focusing on user needs can gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Improved User Engagement: A well-designed product can improve user engagement and retention. By prioritizing user experience, designers can create an app that users love, leading to higher usage rates, better retention, and improved user satisfaction.

Overall, the Product Discovery Workshop is critical for creating a successful product that meets user needs, provides a great user experience, and drives business success. By conducting research early in the product development cycle, designers can reduce risk, increase user adoption, and create a competitive advantage, ultimately leading to improved business outcomes.

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