Prototypes are functional, interactive demos of your web application. It’s a lower-cost, time-saving way to present ideas and get feedback from stakeholders or potential investors early in a project lifecycle, before development.
Prototyping, especially for larger, more complex projects, is integral and lends to the discovery of user interface issues. It allows for quick refinement and offers solutions to problems even before development begins. Communication is more meaningful, estimates are on target, and the overall project stays on task, making it a huge time and money-saving effort.
A prototype also serves as a powerful sales tool, giving you a clear edge when presenting your ideas to potential investors and company stakeholders. It allows for user testing and immediate feedback that can then be easily implemented without having to backtrack within the development process.
6 reasons to prototype
- Rapidly and economically change key interactivity points
- Obtain stakeholder feedback for a small investment
- Perform user testing before development
- Better development estimates
- Invaluable sales tool
- Cost-effective and time-saving
The importance of prototyping
Prototyping is about refining user experience, simulating interactions and user behavior. It helps identify previously unforeseen hurdles and offers a cost-effective way to examine potential problems before development begins. In the end, prototypes are like blueprints: fully-visualized, functional specification documents that expedite the design and development process. They aid in helping to uncover solutions quickly and easily than compared to tackling the same issues within the development phase.
Adage approaches prototyping systematically, creating user narratives, sitemaps, flowcharts, and then the HTML prototype itself, allowing your team and ours to flesh out ideas before even committing to a development contract.
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