Types of prototypes. Why is a prototype important to your project?
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First, you need to understand what a prototype is and what it can be like.
A prototype is simplified modeling of the final product. Like any drawing begins with a sketch, any large project is first schematically embodied in a prototype. The main principle is “simple and clear”.
types of prototypes
There are three main kinds of prototypes: - a text (schematic) prototype - a static prototype - an interactive prototype
Sometimes they are also called stages. However, this is not always true, since it is not necessary to create all three types. You can immediately go to the interactive one if you have a very clear understanding of the functionality and visualization.
A text prototype is simpler and less informative than the other two types, but it is certainly useful. It is often the basis for developing static or interactive prototypes.
You just grab a notebook and start dividing your project into parts. First, into its main components, then go deeper and detail them. This format may seem unimportant at first glance, but it is not true. It provides a lot of introductory information for business analysts and designers to develop a static or interactive prototype. This will save you time and money.
A static prototype will let you see what your project will look like, which will let you think through both the user interface and the functional part in detail. You will be able to make changes early in the project. This is no longer just a structural sketch, but a high-quality visualization of the future project.
An interactive prototype consists of a static one and the processes of interaction with the interface. This allows for a deeper understanding of your project, and also increases its attractiveness to other people. In practice, the visual part of the project will look ready and its elements will be clickable.
functions of prototype
It will help you to:
- attract investment
- competently draw up the documentation
- work out the functional part
- make adjustments at no additional cost
Let's see how a prototype can help you to attract investment.
If you have an interactive prototype, such as a mobile app, you can bring your phone to a presentation, connect your phone screen to a projector, and demonstrate how your app works and why it's so appealing to users.
Thus, the investor can see the fully developed functionality with a ready-made design already on the prototype, which creates the impression of a working application. If you do this, you will gain the trust of a potential investor, because you have not just an idea in words, but something that you can “touch with your hands”. An optimized workflow for your users will be a big plus. It is important to note that such prototypes can be tested in closed focus groups, so the product can be corrected at an early stage.
How can a prototype help with documentation?
Having a prototype will save time and money spent on a business analyst's work. Since the prototype will help them in a clearer understanding of your project, they will only have to clarify technical issues and write them down in the documentation. Also, a clickable prototype will lower the threshold for entering the project for any developer and your prototype costs will pay off.
How can a prototype help to work out the functional part?
The development of the functional part is also one of the most important tasks of prototyping. While working on a prototype, you can see how to implement a particular functionality best and how to work out the UI / UX, and as a result, you can avoid costly rework during the development.
You can also use your interactive prototype to quickly validate your project for Product Market Fit and even calculate a rough Economy Unit. The interactive prototype can be used as a teaser for your product. Having presented all the possibilities and value that your user will receive, you can ask them to leave their personal contact information to connect to a future product or pay a minimum amount, for example, $1. If a user shares their personal information (e.g. their email) with you and even transfers money, then the value of the product is really high for them. The resulting conversion data can be used to calculate the customer acquisition cost as a starting point for calculating subsequent specific savings and for testing your hypothesis. The obtained data will allow you to either refine the idea or add confidence to investors.
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