4 Major Types Of Project Prototyping for Projects
In my previous articles, I have looked at some of the facts that you need to know about project lifecycle generally. In this article, I want to consider project prototyping for projects. First and foremost, you need to understand that anytime you are embarking on a project, your attention has to focus on project requirements. You need to liaise with stakeholders in order to ensure that you capture their needs for the project.
When you are analyzing requirements for your project, you need to be really sure that stakeholders’ interest has been captured. This must not be done by word of mouth alone. You should never assume that your stakeholders understand what you are about to do. You can use images, photographs and other graphics and designs to present your idea to your target audience. This will allow them to provide feedback on this project. You can also use this feedback to make adjustments so as to ensure that the project aligned with stakeholders’ interests.
What is Project Prototyping…
Project prototyping is the process of creating a mock-up of a product or an information system. A prototype is usually built for demonstration purposes. It will allow end-users to see how the final output of the project will look like. Also, in the software development cycle, a working model on a smaller or partial scale of the system is built, tested and networked until an acceptable model is achieved.
This in turn will facilitate the development of the complete system or product. Please note that project prototyping works best in scenarios where complete project requirements are not available in advance. That means project prototyping can be used at the beginning of the project when nothing has been done, it can also be used in the middle of the project when some aspects of the project have been achieved as well.
#1 Proof of principle prototype
This type of prototyping model checks some aspects of the product design without considering the visual appearance, the materials to be used, or the manufacturing process of the project. That means this type of prototyping for the project does not check the full details, it only considers the aspects of the project that are very essential.
#2 Form Study prototype
This type of prototyping model checks the primary size and appearance of a product without simulating its exact functions and designs.
#3 Visual prototype
This checks the design and imitate the appearance, colour and surface textures of the product but will not contain the functions of the final product.
#4 Functional prototype
This checks the appearance, materials and functionality of the expected design. This ensures that all components are working are simulated. It also ensures that all components are working very well before they are released to end-users.
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