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Still Not Convinced?
As we start to explain the process of prototyping with Excel, you will eventually
understand how it is done. The figures in this chapter help, but you might need
some quick, hands-on experience, which we cover in the next chapter.
At our tutorials and seminars at PeopleSoft, Ziff Davis Media, Google, and SAP Labs,
we encountered the same doubt. After our demonstrations, the results were the
same at all these venues: Excel became an important tool in the audience's
prototyping toolbox. This is not to say that Excel is the essential tool; Excel does not fulfill
all prototyping needs. But for basic wireframes and digital interactive prototypes,
Excel is an efficient tool you will not want to be without.
Who Should Consider Using Excel?
This topic is for anyone who needs to prototype an interface for desktop software or the
Web. It is intended not only for designers but for anyone who is part of the
softwaremaking process. Software makers include the full range of participants, from people
with extensive graphics experience to those with little or no graphics background.
Some of the professionals we have seen using Excel for prototyping include
n Developers and programmers
n Web designers
n Product managers
n Information architects
n User experience professionals
n Usability engineers
n Graphic designers
In short, any stakeholder who needs to express a software idea or requirement
visually or interactively can use Excel. We want to emphasize that this topic is about
how to prototype with Excel, not how to prototype in general.
Simply knowing the features that Excel offers is not enough to make use of the
power of this tool. We have developed a methodology to ensure that Excel
becomes a highly productive tool for you. In this topic, you will learn the concept