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In Depth Information
In this chapter you will learn how to
Use your prototype for collaboration
Mitigate the risks of implementing a finished prototype
Avoid the risks in sharing your prototype
Denote your prototype's interaction methods
Your prototype is finished
now what? The way you share your prototypes with
others and present them will determine the effectiveness of your designs and the
impact they will have. Excel has many features that can help you effectively share
your prototypes with other stakeholders. The process of sharing your design to
achieve buy-in from the various stakeholders includes three important activities:
Collaboration. Designing interactively with your colleagues, either in
synchronous group interactive sessions or asynchronously, either ping-ponging
prototype versions back and forth or synthesizing competing visions.
Presentation. The way a prototype and accompanying explanations are
communicated to the target audience.
Evaluation. The assessment of the design embodied in your prototype by both
internal and external stakeholders.
Using Your Prototype for Collaboration
Rarely is a prototype the product of a single person's effort. Often many people play
roles in the design process. They all have some ownership of the iterations of prototypes
that go into creating software. An early prototype might begin as a product manager's
idea, but during the course of the design and implementation process, others will
contribute their expertise and ideas. In today's world of global software creation, the people
who participate in any prototyping activity might not even be on the same continent.
We have participated in many workshops in which we brainstormed on software
designs by opening an Excel prototyping template and beginning to visualize ideas.