Regardless of the fact whether you need a small product or are well-informed about how your end product would actually be like, it is viable to have a prototype model at first place. Being an introductory version of software product that is being developed, it helps you proceed in a right direction while the product is in development phase.
Many of you often ask when would it be possible to see the first prototype of the project? Well, that depends on the methodology you choose to develop your product. Usually, Waterfall and Agile are the two most popular methodologies adopted for software development.
With waterfall approach, the development process is sequentially carried out as it flows down different steps. Once a phase is complete, it is impossible to go back to it in order to make changes. The only solution to cater to the need for modifications is starting everything from scratch. Thus, this model requires detailed documentation. The prototype model developed using this approach can be seen with tools in vision, but that would not be the actual product. However, you can always measure the results against the requirements and deliver feedback.
Conversely, when the Agile methodology is implemented, the entire project is segmented into small modules which are then worked upon, usually in weekly sprints. You can review the prototype at the end of each sprint and provide the developers with the feedback to improve the end product which can be implemented by the developing team right away.
No matter which product development methodology you choose, always make certain your team designs a prototype model first so that you can review it prior to original product build out in order to ensure any changes required are carried out on time, saving much of your efforts and cost.
It is usually said that for any project to be successful, assistance of seasoned and skilled developing team is essential. Although this holds true, the input received from client side is equally crucial to ensure desired outcomes.
There are certain things that any development agency would expect from you being the client during the execution phase. It is vital to understand these requirements to ensure smooth execution of the process.
Prior to the initiation of project design and development, set of requirements and project objectives are discussed to gain insight into how the application will exactly work and what problem is it proposed to solve. However, you cannot expect that the need to discuss the issues and project features would not arise again. Clients would have to frequently get into the discussion with the developing team and immediate response is what the agencies expect to ensure timely execution.
Clear understanding of goals
Unless the goals are clear, you cannot proceed in the right direction to develop a product. Not only vague understanding poses difficulty in working on the design and functionality, it is a major factor responsible for waste of money, time and efforts since every time the goals change, the project might be required to undergo changes in related functional areas as well, especially when waterfall methodology is adopted for development. This is why development firms expect the clients to stick to project goals well.
Focused mind / control over emotions
The need for frequent changes, mostly caused when a client does not have focused mind or emotional love with their ideas, increases the efforts on the part of the developing team. Conversely, having in-depth planning of what all features should a project encompass and what purpose should it solve makes it easy for the developers to attain desired outcomes rapidly, without any hassle.
If you have already planned to get your product developed or are considering the same in near future, make certain to know all that your developers expect from you to relish uninterrupted execution.