Anyway, make sure the problem is framed the right way. If done correctly, at the end of this preliminary stage you will be richer for a specific problem discovery. You will also have your business goals defined, lean canvas prepared and go-to-market strategy ready.
Start shaping your digital product
Always keep your mind open
To come up with such ideas, always have in mind the customer’s perspective. Keep an eye on the user’s demographics, segment your audience, define customer goals and evaluate the brand promise.
Choosing a prime platform to deliver your digital product on is a very important task. It will decide upon selecting a medium to facilitate business processes. Going from desktop to mobile, Google announced that, starting September 2020, it will switch to mobile-first indexing for the whole web. Although recently, Sunday Pichai, CEO of Google, capped the current market dynamics with the following statement:
We are now witnessing a new shift in computing: The move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world.
Time to design your digital product
The AI is obviously causing a substantial shift in facilitating the digital product development process. Consequently, the most important design steps will be human-dependent for quite a while more.
Deliverables at the Design stage at Clover labs include the validation of the solution, vision for your product, MVP requirements, prototype, and results of the tests. As you can see, a digital product design is a right mixture of information architecture, interaction design and visual design. Furthermore, we can categorize those into sketching, wireframing and prototyping.
The concepts of sketching, wireframing and prototyping
A sketch is pretty self-explanatory and it basically depicts preparing grounds for your new digital product. A wireframe will help gather initial ideas together. It shows the main chunks of content, draws the outline and the layout structure. It also depicts the most basic user interface (UI) of the digital product.
One of the most important stages, is building a prototype. According to the author of the article published on UX Planet, a prototype on the other hand is often a high fidelity representation of the final product which is meant to simulate the user interaction. It is usually clickable and thus allows the user to experience content and interactions in the interface. Actually, a prototype is very much like the final product itself.
On a way to the final product with seamless development
The difference between the final product and the prototype is mainly that the interface is separated from the backend in a prototype. Reduce development costs until the you approve the UI. After that, the development team can start coding.When talking about coding, web applications are a lot easier to distribute, but they require better development skills. Getting a unanimous look and feel for all platforms intended, as well as a proper level of flexibility for them can be quite a challenge.
Ready to expand your business digitally
After you complete all those stages, it is time to finally launch the product. Product launches are expensive but you can limit costly mistakes by using a systematic process that correctly assesses the viability, desirability, feasibility and growth of the digital product for your business.
Quality assurance, launch and maintenance
Quality assurance (QA) is instrumental to developing and launching a successful product. It is important that the development team stays within the guides of a planned process. You should involve QA in the product launch process from the very beginning of the project. It is the stage where you create the test plans, test cases and automated test scripts. To make your digital product a success, it is crucial to test early and test often.
Maintenance of the product usually comes after all the stages. Depending on the complexity of the product, the latter usually includes continuous updates and testing upgrades.
That's the theory, the reality is a bit more complex
Despite presenting the stages in digital product development process quite linearly, those are, in fact, highly iterative and closely intertwined. Also, the process of building a digital product blends more and more in a modern business ecosystem, therefore the deliverables could change during the digital development process. Also, the automation of tasks its taking its toll in repetitive human processes.