Why I Like Prototypes

You have to be flexible as a software development consultant. You can parachute in at any part of a project, into vastly different company cultures. You have to learn fast, adapt, and sometimes just bite your lip and get the job done.

Looking back, some of my favourite projects were the ones that made good use of prototyping. Not only did this help crystallize requirements, it was also an excellent communications aid for the development team. The saying “a picture speaks a thousand words” is certainly true – a visual prototype is far more effective (and fun) than a 5000 word requirements spec (yes, they still exist).

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Prototyping for Success

If your business stands still, chances are it will fail. Customers want more. Competitors are circling. You need to innovate to succeed, but how? One way is to transform your systems to respond faster to market demands. This can be complex and risky – so how do you start? How do you keep things simple and minimise risk? Answer: Use The Power Of Prototyping.

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