If you’ve heard the term “dual-track development” before, this article explains where it comes from, and what it means. Here are the key points:
- Development work focuses on predictability and quality
- Discovery work focuses on fast learning and validation
- Discovery and development are visualized in two tracks because it’s two kinds of work, and two kinds of thinking
- Discovery is a necessary part of product development. Practice it with the same agile and lean principles in mind.
- If we’re doing discovery right, we substantially change and kill lots of ideas.
- While a product manager, designer, and senior engineer may lead and orchestrate discovery, they must involve the whole team in discovery tasks wherever possible. Keep discovery work and progress visible to the whole team.
- Keep measuring and learning even after you ship.