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CHAPTER 4: Discovery and Requirements

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Discovery and Requirements

By now you should have a signed scope of work with the client and be ready to actually start the project. Where to begin? That's easy: discovery. Discovery is a vital first step in your project. In discovery, you turn the vague feature outlines in the proposal into detailed, actionable lists of features that will be built.

Discovery is vital for a variety of reasons, so we start with a clear explanation of why we think it's so important. We then look at the two main kinds of documents that get created in this phase: sitemaps and requirements documents. We show you how to gather requirements, how to format the document, and some guiding principles on what makes a good requirement.

To wrap up, we also cover the importance of getting the client to approve the requirements for the project and dealing with out-of-scope requests (a challenge on almost any project).


  

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