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Prototyping a Vision

30 Nov 2002

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into how prototyping and the discovery process can intersect. I’ve had some interesting experiences with our clients lately that involved getting everyone to agree on a set of features by illustrating hypothetical pages live in a meeting. I’ll put a blank Visio document up on the projector and start adding UI elements as we talk through how the applicaiton should work, what will be included, and what won’t. I try to get a good cross section of the development team there — engineers, designers, marketing managers, etc. I’ve found I need to take firm control of the meeting, and keep things moving. But the results have been great. Recently, I found an article on the boxesasarrows.com site discussing this: “Defining Feature Sets Through Prototyping” by Laura S. Quinn. ​