Software Prototyping is the process of creating prototype software applications to simulate only a few aspects of a software project. This is often a very important step before building large software projects as the Software Architect and Developers can get valuable feedback from the Users, at a very early stage in the Software Development Lifecycle.
This helps in comparing if the software matches to the defined specifications, according to which the software is built. This helps in understanding the complexities involved in the software specifications and to ascertain the accuracy of initial project estimates and whether the proposed development milestones can be successfully met. The advantages of prototyping a software are reduced time and costs and improved and increased user involvement in the early stages of software development.
A typical prototyping process followed at Teknorix is as follows:
- Develop – The initial prototype is developed within the specific period of time communicated to the clients. This may sometimes only include User Interface (UI) designs depending upon the software project.
- Review – The customers, including end users of the system if available will then examine the prototype and provide the valuable feedback to us.
- Enhance – Depending upon the feedback received from the stakeholders, the prototype is then improved upon.