4 Steps For Successful UI Prototyping

4 Steps For Successful UI Prototyping
February 28 09:25 2011 Print This Article

UI Prototyping is an iterative analysis technique in which users are actively involved in the mocking-up of screens and reports. The purpose of a prototype is to show people the possible design(s) for the user interface of an application.

There are 4 steps involved for Prototyping:

4 Steps For Successful UI Prototyping

4 Steps For Successful UI Prototyping

1) Determine the needs of your users.

The requirements of your users drive the development of your prototype as they define the business objects that your system must support. You can gather these requirements in interviews, in CRC (class responsibility collaborator) modeling sessions, in use-case modeling sessions, and in class diagramming sessions

2) Build the prototype. Using a prototyping tool or high-level language you develop the screens and reports needed by your users. The best advice during this stage of the process is to not invest a lot of time in making the code “good” because chances are high that you may just scrap your coding efforts anyway after evaluating the prototype.

3) Evaluate the prototype. After a version of the prototype is built it needs to be evaluated. The main goal is that you need to verify that the prototype meets the needs of your users. I’ve always found that you need to address three basic issues during evaluation: What’s good about the prototype, what’s bad about the prototype, and what’s missing from the prototype.

4) Determine if you’re finished yet. You want to stop the prototyping process  when you find the evaluation process is no longer generating any new  requirements, or is generating a small number of not-so-important requirements.

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