Prototype First, Validate Often And Fail Fast: How To Deliver Products That Delights The Users?


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Key takeaways:

  • What are the modern prototyping tools?
  • What are the key prototyping models available?

Well, if some of you do not know what a prototype is, let me explain it first. A prototype is basically a model of a product using which the organization develops other products. Hence, a prototype is very useful and somewhat mandatory. The main aim of a prototype is to ensure that the process or flow is capable of living up to the requirements of customers. The most important thing to remember is that you are not developing the product for yourself. It is for the users outside. Therefore, you must satisfy their needs through your product. Hence, it’s your duty to address their needs, frustrations, etc. 

Tools of the trade

For a successful product, the prototype needs to get successful. Therefore, there are various prototyping tools available today. These help in the development of a decent prototype. Some popular tools are:

  • Axure
  • Sketch
  • InVision
  • Adobe XD

This is unnecessary to use only these tools. There are others too, the usage of which depends on the product. But these tools help in quick building, validating, and delivery of the prototype. Hence, we will speak a bit about these, today. So let’s start.

1. Axure

So, Axure is, so far, the most versatile tool for prototyping. It is very helpful in creating real-time functionalities in a prototype. It also helps in creating complex prototypes with ease. Hence, it helps in verifying the complex scenarios. So, these all are the common features of the tool. Now, the only downside of this tool is its versatility. This is because due to its versatility, it lacks some features for mobile prototyping.

2. Sketch

If you remember Adobe Photoshop, then you must know this design tool, Sketch. Today, Sketch is a master design tool. It is the most suitable for prototyping. It comes with various useful features and useful plugins. Therefore, these all make Sketch the first choice for every UX or prototype designer in the world.

3. InVision

This tool becomes more powerful and features rich when it is used with Sketch. Because this helps in verifying the prototype(s). It again is full of useful features and is really faster than any other tool. But, like every coin has two sides, this too has its own downside. This is because if a page possesses many on-screen interactions, you should create different designs for each interaction. Therefore, this is the only disadvantage of InVision.

4. Adobe XD

Every designer calls Adobe XD the jack of all trades. This is rightly so because it allows the designers to do everything in one place. That is, from wireframing to prototyping and UI, all in a single app.  Some of its features are common to InVision. Therefore, there is no need to use any other tool. 

Prototyping models

A product’s success depends on its prototype’s success. A prototype’s success depends on the prototyping model used. Therefore, below are the three most common, yet powerful prototyping models. These models are very popular among every developer and UI designer. So, let’s study each.

  • Rapid throwaway prototype

It is the basic model. It shows how the final product will look like. Therefore, customer feedback is useful in this prototyping model to make future changes. Therefore, first, a prototype develops, then customer feedback is taken. They are implemented in the previous prototype. Then the old prototype is removed.

  • Evolutionary prototype

This prototype is improved again and again based on customer’ feedback. This saves a lot of time and effort from the designer. This is because creating a new prototype from scratch is very time-consuming. This model is suitable for projects where the technology used is new. It is also suitable for complex projects. 

  • Incremental prototype

In this model, we divide the final product into separate prototypes. Then, each prototype is developed separately. It saves the time consumed between the user and the development team. Therefore, this model is quick. Hence, this is all about today’s blog. So, developing a product without using a prototype is similar to designing a car using just imagination.  Hence, you might end up fixing the steering wheel only. Therefore, customer feedback is useful in such scenarios. They will help you perform better.

So it’s necessary to prototype first, validate often and fail fast. It is important to drive the product experience through your customers. This is because it helps in building and launching a product that delights.

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