Decision Gate 3

Did the Discovery Phase reaffirm the potential for the envisioned Solution to address the validated Problem? If so, continue project into II. Invention Phase (Stages 4 — 6). If not, either revisit Stage 2 to check for changes in business, market, or technical feasibility and consider reiterating the Discovery Phase; or make an informed decision to terminate the project. Better to cease the activity at this early point then to continue expending time and resources with no clear goal to achieve.

Key Question: Is the Project Team qualified to pursue the downstream requirements? If so, are they prepared to commit the time and effort necessary to complete the downstream requirements for the Invention Phase and Innovation Phase? If the team lacks the required expertise, commitment or prior commitment, what lessons can be drawn from completed work and shared with others qualified to continue?