Make it about a decision
Whether you’re looking at solving a big problem or a part of a product or service that isn’t performing, discoveries are a key.
Discoveries are intense periods of learning and exploring. They help you to:
- question what opportunities there are
- what issues your users are facing
- what problems you should try to solve
They can last weeks or months. And you can even chain several together.
At the heart of every good discovery is a decision.
To build a service or not. To pursue a solution. To prioritise a problem or not. To go forward with a piece of work or not. To solve an issue in a certain way.
By working from a decision it’s easier for a team to know what to do. What sort of evidence they need. And what level of confidence they should be comfortable with.
Focusing on a decision also gives talented teams space. If you’re deciding to build a service or not, a “no” may also highlight what should be done.
When a team is told to build a thing or deliver a feature, making the first step a discovery and a decision means the team can carve the space to do the work to choose if the direction is correct.
Framing discoveries as a decision helps transfer power to the team on the ground. Which will help deliver the outcomes behind any ask.
When I’ve made a discovery about a decision, what to do has always been clearer. And speaking truth to power easier, because that was the outcome agreed upon.
Make your next period of intense research and design about a decision. It’ll help give you space to do your best work. And deliver better outcomes for your business.