Prototyping and the ability to test and develop work is hugely beneficial. But if you are unfamiliar with how the process works, it can be quite daunting to know where to start. Here are some of the key things to do (or not do) when developing a software prototype.
Do have clear goals and KPIs.
Set yourself a clear target to work towards. Without a goal, your testing will lack focus. It is also near impossible to measure success if you have not got an idea of what that success is.
Do test with real people / your users.
That way when they give you feedback about their experience using the prototype, you know it will be valuable to use for improvements. Don’t just assume what you think your users might want, ask them. Let them test, and see if you can improve their experience and create an app they will want to use.
Do plan ahead.
Although a prototype usually represents the beginning of a project, don’t be afraid to think of the future. For example, do plan to share your prototype with stakeholders. Think about how the prototype could be developed into a final product, and how this product will fit into your digital ecosystem.
Don’t try to build the finished product.
Even if you are building a high-fidelity (sophisticated) prototype, don’t try to create all the features of the final product. You will give yourself too much to build, and more features mean more opportunities for mistakes. You also will not be able to test the prototype accurately, as there will be too much available. Stick to the core features, and proving your concept.
Don’t be discouraged by errors.
You will find some errors and make a few mistakes. But try not to be discouraged. As with anything, mistakes are how we learn. They also happen to be vital in testing. Finding an issue in testing gives you the opportunity to fix it. (And thereby improving the quality of your product!) Rather than discover bugs in the finished product.
Don’t let coding hold you back.
Just because you don’t know how to code doesn’t mean you can’t prototype. Low-fidelity prototypes won’t require any kind of code, as they are hand-drawn. Otherwise, there are plenty of prototyping tools to use. You also could just get someone else to do it for you.
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