An engagement to thoroughly review and document product concept and perform initial software system design.
$5000 - $10,000
Approx. 40 - 80 hour commitment
Time-Boxed Discovery Meeting(s)
4 - 8 hours
Identify Problem Set / Opportunity / Market
Identify Key Product Differentiators
Identify Major Functional/Feature Areas
Identify Major Workflow Processes
Identify External Resources Required
Identify Revenue Streams
Identify Areas for Further Research / Roadblocks
2 - 4 hours of research into similar products that either directly compete or will inform development decisions.
Look at user interfaces, workflows, revenue models, etc.
4 - 8 hours of research / technology demos (as needed).
Determine technologies and services to use based on requirements.
Investigate new technologies or perform technology comparisons where needed.
4 - 8 hours of persistence schema design
Architecture and System Design
4 - 8 hours of designing the software platform
Includes identify software components, external services, infrastructure requirements, etc.
Cost and Roadmap Assessment
4 - 6 hours of cost estimating and bid preparation (for Fixed Bid projects)
1 hour or roadmap preparation / schedule determination.
6 - 10 hours
A comprehensive document outlining features and function of product.
Document business rules for workflows, validations, or algorithms used by the product.
Answers the question of “What will be built?”.
Technology Selection Proposal
Cloud Services Employed
Identify Monitoring Plans
Identify Backup/Disaster Recovery
Identity Software Components
Identity 3rd Party Data Providers or Services
Document Component Interactions
Answers the question of “How will we build it?”
Ready for Production phase.
Clear understanding of development deliverables and clear product vision.
Solid cost understanding and delivery timeline.
Prepared for specific conversations with investors or strategic partners.
Visual Design Management
$1000 (unless included); Approx 8 hour commitment
Coordinate with Visual Design Team
Attend Design Initiation Meeting
Wireframe / Mockups
$1500 (unless included); Approx 12 hour commitment
4 hour UX design meeting
8 hour production of wireframes
$500 (unless included); Approx 4 hour commitment
4 hours of wireframe integration into a prototype
Focus Groups / User Feedback Management
$125/hour; As Needed
Meet with potential customers; Collect feedback on product ideas, UIs, revenue models, etc.