Don’t Just Imagine It, See It Work

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By Project Planning and Management January 18, 2018

Imagine having the power to see and evaluate a working model of your digital project before making a major investment.

Prototyping is a collaborative process that gives you the ability create a model of a complex system or product to test user specifications and functionality. One of the biggest challenges of digital projects is finding ways to help senior management and stakeholders realise how the final product will work. Prototyping allows you to refine the details of your project making it easier to demonstrate and sell your idea to decision makers.

These are the major benefits of prototyping that will increase the speed of sign-off you need to get your project started.

Test the validity

The biggest benefit of prototyping is the ability to test the feasibility of your idea before investing large amounts of money. You can demonstrate the look and feel of your final solution to users and stakeholders and use their feedback and insights to modify it as many times as necessary to reach the desired result. These early feedback mechanisms open doors to new opportunities and help to eliminate off-track development.

Reduce costs

Once you are able to test the validity of your project, you can more accurately estimate resources, time and materials. Major defects can be detected early on and you can see the quality of work delivered by your developers, assess if the experience and outcome are worth your investment and therefore reduce risk early on.

Detect missing functionality & hidden dependencies

The iterative process of prototyping helps to address gaps in scope by identifying missing functionality and clearing up any ambiguities in the requirements. Ongoing demonstrations, user testing and gathering of feedback allows you to thoroughly evaluate strengths and weaknesses, what needs to be added and what’s missing from the final product.

Improve user involvement

Involving end-users early in the process helps give a better understanding of the system and delivers better results. Feedback is more accurate and detailed and new ideas can be explored to ensure the final solution not only does what it’s required to do but also does it well. Stakeholder involvement is important to maintain throughout the process to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the final system.

 

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