How to Collaborate with Prototypes — Lean User Testing
Prototyping and collaboration are best buddies in Justinmind, Victor Conesa spills all on the value of user testing and creating a lean prototype
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Victor started with stressing the importance of collaboration for successful prototyping. Prototypes serve as a communication tool, because every software project stakeholder (i.e. executives, Business Analysts, UX designers, developers etc.) understands them, thus making sure that everyone is on the same page. The cost of rework should never be underestimated.
Justinmind can be used as a single tool to enable an efficient and collaborative prototyping process, Victor explains: we focus a lot on all the collaboration and teamwork features (such as shared prototypes, online reviewing and commenting, versioning), which are even more important in our Enterprise version.
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We dedicated a lot of time and effort to make sure that mobile simulation is simple, so that immediately after defining a web or app prototype, it can be tested on an actual device by anyone.
Putting the prototype in the hands of real users in a real environment also helps to detect conceptual errors and inconsistencies in the apps or websites.
Victor also explained the difference between wireframing and prototyping, and when is the right time for one or the other. Justinmind is a WYSIWYG drag and drop tool that can be used both to draw wireframes and to build fully interactive prototypes.
And of course the testing phase was also discussed: how can we test Justinmind prototypes? With whom should we be testing them?
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