Sure, you can build a house without blueprints – but you shouldn’t. You can also develop a software product without prototyping it first – but you shouldn’t.
Investing a little in prototyping will save a ton in development
The premise is simple: it is easier, less expensive and smarter to make changes to the design of a house or the design of a software product before it is built. Our prototypes may be “non-functional” proofs of concepts, in that there is no code making calls to a database, but they look and feel very much like a live product.
Beyond the cost-saving benefits of a proof-of-concept prototype
The benefits of creating a prototype not only save you a ton of money but it also allows you to:
Validate Your Business Idea: Any holes in your business model will come screaming out with an interactive proof-of-concept prototype.
Uncover Usability Issues: Putting real users in front of your product helps reveal possible usability issues before a single line of code is developed.
Provide Better Functional Specs: If a picture tells a thousand words — a proof-of-concept prototype can save thousands of dollars. There’s simply nothing more valuable than providing a development team with a prototype that removes all the guesswork by showing them exactly what the screens should look like and how they should function.
Secure Funding: Before Venture Capital or Angel investors will even consider funding a startup, they will need to understand your business and see the vision for where the business can go. A great proof-of-concept prototype will help close the deal.