Tools for Prototyping
Five years ago, I was working on a personal web project and failing miserably in communicating my “grand vision” to remote developers. I tried explaining using examples of websites that I liked, but the end result was that the developers I was working with ended up copying/pasting the designs exactly as shown.
I was frustrated.
So I decided to sketch out my ideas.
The actual process of prototyping and talking about it with the developers ended up being so much fun — I was hooked.
Call it a wireframe, a mockup or a prototype, creating one is an important skill to learn and master for a Business Analyst, especially if you work in the product/digital space.
Here is a list of resources to help you get started.
- [Article] How do business analysts use prototypes?
- [Article] Using wireframes or prototypes to elicit, analyze, and validate software requirements
- [Article] Wireframing, Prototyping, Mockuping — What’s the Difference?
- [Article] Learning to Wireframe: 10 Best Practices
- [Article] 20 Steps to Better Wireframing
ToolsI’ve personally used and can recommend these tools. My favorite is balsamiq. It’s fast, easy to use, and best fits the scope of design work that I currently need to do. For an extended list of available tools, check out this article by uxdesign.cc.