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Prototyping

 

We’re very excited to launch our first ebook, A Client’s Guide to Prototyping. If you haven’t heard, here at Haught Codeworks we build a lot of software prototypes. Over the years we’ve found we are having the same conversations over and over with clients and potential clients; so we put our knowledge and experience together in an ebook for product...

 

After giving the prototyping mindset talk, I got repeated feedback that using the term ‘prototype’ had negative connotations. There were two distinct beliefs that I encountered.

  1. Prototypes are inferior, incomplete and aren’t suitable for the rigors of production use.
  2. Prototypes are thrown away once we are done with them.

Before we explore these...

 

Building better products faster

Prototyping early and often offers many advantages in the product development process. Creating a functional design prototype is arguably the most efficient way to make product design decisions before moving to an MVP. A prototype lets you make informed product decisions that you can present to the client stakeholders...

 

I seem to have a pattern of starting my posts with “I am fortunate”; so, I am fortunate to have worked with lots of great clients over the years building many different and interesting products for them. I love getting to learn about so many different things in the world. For example, I know more about how tennis works and is played/scored than any...

 

People ask me why we choose to build a prototype instead of building out an entire product from the start. The short and sweet answer is that we would build a product with the wrong features.

I could write a book on all the reasons choosing to build a prototype is better than building the full product, but for the sake of brevity, let’s focus on...

 

When we are writing code for a product’s MVP, one of our core techniques is experimentation. We’ve found that frequent experimentation leads us to the quickest, most cost-effective way to dial in a product’s feature set.

Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, says, “Our success at Amazon is a function of how many experiments we do per year, per month, per...

 

Last month I spoke at the Devoxx.us conference in San Jose. It was an enjoyable conference, even if it rained each day I was there. Devoxx is primarily a Java conference, which is a change of pace from the Ruby conferences I frequent. I enjoyed hearing about a different sector of the industry.

One notable aspect of the conference was the amazing...