Discovery
Workshops

You’re on the verge of deciding how to build your product. It’s a make it or break it moment for your project. With discovery workshops you will make the best possible decisions regarding its development in just 7 days instead of months.

Benefit from the expertise of a dedicated workshop team consisting of a Product Consultant, Product Design Lead, and Software Architect to plan your product wisely and unlock its full potential.

You’re on the verge of deciding how to build your product. It’s a make it or break it moment for your project. With discovery workshops you will make the best possible decisions regarding its development in just 7 days instead of months.

Benefit from the expertise of a dedicated workshop team consisting of a Product Consultant, Product Design Lead, and Software Architect to plan your product wisely and unlock its full potential.

PAWEŁ JURDECZKA
Product Strategy Consultant

What are discovery workshops?

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Discovery workshops are a 7-day process during which we validate and refine the idea for your product from the user, technology, and business perspectives.

The process consists of workshop sessions with your team, as well as our internal work, to ensure the product is ready for development.

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When should you conduct
discovery workshops?

You’ve been working on an idea for months and are about to make some big decisions. You likely have a basic understanding of what you want your product to be, but you don’t yet know either one or more of the following:

  • How much money do you need to distribute your resources wisely?
  • Which elements of the project can be delivered within strict time and budget constraints (for instance, over 3 months or within $50,000)?
  • Which technology should you use to ensure product scalability as your client base and traffic grows?

You can’t answer any of these questions without a thorough analysis of the decisions you’ve made so far and a deep understanding of why they have been made.

This is the key to setting the further direction of your project.

 

 

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Start your project fast the right way

through a well-organized, structured, and facilitated workshop with the best experts on board
Thanks to discovery workshops you will also gain additional benefits that are valuable in their own right:
A strengthened unique value proposition as we challenge your key differentiators and competitors
100% clarity on which features should be included in the MVP/Phase 1 of the project
Establishing a reliable, step-by-step plan of building your product
A detailed vision of the look and feel of your product, as well as the key ways a user can interact with it
Learning the pros and cons of using various technologies and external libraries, applications, and commercial off-the-shelf systems
Engaging the stakeholders with a list of tangible artifacts
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Tangible artifacts you’ll
get after the workshop

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user-personas User personas
software-specification Software specification
and product backlog
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software-arch Software architecture
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recommendations
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Why choose STX Next?

If you decide to trust us with holding discovery workshops for your product, you will benefit from:

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Knowledge gained while building similar solutions for previous projects in your vertical and diverse companies from your country
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Bulletproof workshop process, battle tested with 30 clients during 50+ workshops over the past 5 years

We mix design sprints, Agile practices, and UX techniques to create a unique workshop method unlike any other. Because we’ve done it many times already, we’re able to produce a complete set of deliverables quickly. We’re essentially compressing months’ worth of work into 7 days.

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Cooperation with a dedicated Product Consultant, Product Design Lead, and Software Architect

These hand-picked professionals will give you their full and undivided attention, undisturbed by any distractions or side projects. You will benefit from their experience, lessons learned, and the knowledge gained from both their failures and successes. Additionally, you will have access to the expertise of other specialists at STX Next.

350+

professionals on board

15+ years

of market experience

350+

projects delivered
Andrew Larholt
CEO @ Zappi

STX Next’s whole approach to product development, including an on-site discovery workshop, is extremely valuable. In addition to delivering a robust, well-performing web and mobile app, their team is highly organized, proactive, professional, and trustworthy overall.

We offer 3 different sets of discovery services, depending on what you need:

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standalone workshops
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workshop + clickable prototype
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workshop + clickable prototype + pitch deck
Contact us to decide which set will work best for you
PAWEŁ JURDECZKA
Product Strategy Consultant
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Budget-friendly
cooperation model

We’re confident enough in our ability to deliver within 7 days that we offer a fixed price for workshops.

However, if the work on our end takes longer than estimated, the additional cost is on us.

No commitment. Doing discovery workshops with us doesn’t mean you have to move to development with us later on.

You’re free to send the results of our work to other vendors, for other estimates and proposals. Our deliverables are descriptive, self-explanatory, and visual, which makes them easy to digest for professional software vendors and freelancers around the world.

Get a reduced price for startups. If you have a startup that needs fast validation with your target audience, consider our startup bundles.

This applies to 2 sets of our discovery services:
  • workshop + clickable prototype
  • workshop + clickable prototype + pitch deck

Workshop agenda overview

We can organize the workshops remotely or on-site.

Remote

Remote workshop sessions are more compressed from your point of view as the client, but our team also works in between these sessions, as well as after the workshops come to a close.

In practice, it usually comes down to our workshop team having:

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Day 1
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Internal workshop team debriefing session

Session 1

  • Product vision and strategy
  • Business perspective
  • End user perspective
Day 2
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Internal workshop team debriefing session

Session 2

  • User flow and key activities
  • Feature map
  • Initial prioritization
Day 3
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Internal workshop team debriefing session

Session 3

  • MVP definition
  • Product roadmap
  • Architecture overview
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Remote
3-day remote online session (up to ~2.5 hours each)
Day 1
Session 1
Day 2
Session 2
Day 3
Session 3

People involved:
Client & Stakeholders

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Product Design Lead (User perspective)
Product Consultant (Business perspective)
Tech Expert (Technology perspective)

Up to 5–7 days of post-work and digitalization

On-site

Each workshop is preceded by 2 days fully focused on pre-work on your project done by our team. Then, when we meet with you for 2 full business days (in some cases 3 days), we don’t work from scratch.

During that time we focus on:

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Day 1
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Introduction and workshop objectives

  • Product Vision and Strategy
    Business perspective, competitive landscape, and unique value proposition
  • Know Your Users
    End user perspective—personas and mapping the current flow
  • Product Development Planning
    3.1. Story mapping (backbone)
Day 2
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  • Product Development Planning
    3.2. Story mapping (features and tasks)
    3.3. Technology discussions and architecture overview
    3.4. Product roadmapping

Wrap-up, next steps, and action points

After the 2 days together, our team continues working on the project for another 2 days. That time is devoted to further research, digitalization, and forming recommendations.

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On-site
3-day on-site workshop session
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

People involved:
Client & Stakeholders

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Product Design Lead (User perspective)
Product Consultant (Business perspective)
Tech Expert (Technology perspective)

2 days of post-work and digitalization
Day 4
Day 5

People involved:
Product Design Lead (User perspective)
Product Consultant (Business perspective)
Tech Expert (Technology perspective)

Discovery
workshops FAQ

Why does the workshop take just 3 days? Other vendors offer 2–3 weeks of discovery phases.

Our process has been perfected over the many times we held the workshops for other clients. At this point, it’s bulletproof. Additionally, we put in a lot of pre-work before we even meet with you—we don’t start from scratch, which saves your time. Basically, we come in with an already existing interpretation of the scope. Finally, the workshop team consists of as many as 3 experts. They challenge the product from 3 perspectives: business potential, user experience, and technology. All of these speed up the work a lot.

Is it a fixed-price service? Who will be charged if we need more sessions than planned?

The workshops are fixed-price, because we are sure of our process. If it turns out the work on our end takes longer that estimated, the additional cost is on us.

How should I prepare for the session? Should I invest additional time before we meet?

All we ask of you is to share your domain expertise during the sessions. You don’t have to make any additional preparations, unless you have some business presentations or market analysis—definitely do share those with us. If not, your knowledge as a stakeholder is all we need. We’re going to share questions we want to answer before each session, so that you can assess whether you need any additional prep.

Is the price for on-site workshops the same as for remote ones? Why?

The price is the same. That’s because in the case of remote workshops, a lot of work is done before, in between, and after the sessions. A great portion of the discovered material is processed by us during internal sessions and during post work. That’s why even though you put in fewer hours, we put in even more. This is necessary given the shorter attention span and limitations regarding group dynamics that emerge during remote work.

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Discovery
workshops FAQ

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Why does the workshop take just 3 days? Other vendors offer 2–3 weeks of discovery phases.

Our process has been perfected over the many times we held the workshops for other clients. At this point, it’s bulletproof. Additionally, we put in a lot of pre-work before we even meet with you—we don’t start from scratch, which saves your time. Basically, we come in with an already existing interpretation of the scope. Finally, the workshop team consists of as many as 3 experts. They challenge the product from 3 perspectives: business potential, user experience, and technology. All of these speed up the work a lot.

Is it a fixed-price service? Who will be charged if we need more sessions than planned?

The workshops are fixed-price, because we are sure of our process. If it turns out the work on our end takes longer that estimated, the additional cost is on us.

How should I prepare for the session? Should I invest additional time before we meet?

All we ask of you is to share your domain expertise during the sessions. You don’t have to make any additional preparations, unless you have some business presentations or market analysis—definitely do share those with us. If not, your knowledge as a stakeholder is all we need. We’re going to share questions we want to answer before each session, so that you can assess whether you need any additional prep.

Is the price for on-site workshops the same as for remote ones? Why?

The price is the same. That’s because in the case of remote workshops, a lot of work is done before, in between, and after the sessions. A great portion of the discovered material is processed by us during internal sessions and during post work. That’s why even though you put in fewer hours, we put in even more. This is necessary given the shorter attention span and limitations regarding group dynamics that emerge during remote work.

What other services
do we offer?

Product Design

SERVICES

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Web

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Mobile

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Talk with us first to make sure your workshops are as productive as they can be

There’s no one-size-fits-all model and every workshop is designed specifically for each client. You also don’t need every little feature to get your product off the ground. That’s why you should contact us to agree on the list of deliverables that are needed to get your project moving.