Before you build it, prototype it
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.
It is simply 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. Yet, many companies make the mistake of jumping right into Our software 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.
The benefits of creating a software 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 Requirements:
If a picture tells a thousand words — a software 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.
- Front-end UI Assets For Development Team:
We typically build our software prototypes in HTML/CSS so that when we’re done, we can provide the development team with all the front-end UI assets they will need to develop the functional software product. This enables each team to focus on their strengths: Let the designers, design and developers, develop.
- Secure Funding:
Before Venture Capital or Angel investors will even consider funding a startup, they will want 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.