SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Research then prototype OR prototype then gather user feedback
Re: [Sigia-l] Research then prototype OR prototype then gather user feedback
I was going to go w/ the 3rd approach, too.
Modeling assumptions is always a good thing to do.
Yes, there can be "pure" field research before you put that model
together, but nothing gets a team focused like having a model in front
of them to bitch and whine about. ;)
On 12/19/05, Jared M. Spool <jspool_at_uie.com> wrote:
> At 04:34 PM 12/19/2005, Trenouth, John wrote:
> >Is it better to start a project by:
> >1. Studying users' workflows, environments, experienced, etc., and then
> >develop prototypes based on this knowledge
> >2. Just putting something together based on what the organization
> >already knows, and then bring it to users in order to gather their
> >feedback on what you have.
> There's a third approach we are seeing emerge amongst our clients:
> 3. Put together a prototype, not as something ever intended to ship, but as
> a physical rendition of the inherent assumptions the team is starting with,
> then go out and study users' workflows, environments, experiences, etc. to
> see where the prototype breaks (thereby pointing out holes in the
> The users never see the prototype (at least during the initial research
> push). It's only there to put a solid face on wishy assumptions and beliefs.
> Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
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