Software Prototyping for Mobile, Web and Desktop Applications

Let your stakeholders use new software before it’s coded to “kick the tires” with a full experience of the look, feel, and behavior to:

Speed Delivery and accelerate time to revenue by:

  • Testing market acceptance directly with stakeholders and customers
  • Running more use case scenarios with a wider audience
  • Gaining stakeholder consensus faster with less confusion
  • Eliminating confusion on what to build
  • Giving downstream organizations such as QA, documentation, training, sales and marketing a head start

Cut Project Cost by:

  • Eliminating development rework
  • Quickly iterating in a low cost, low risk environment
  • Ensuring everyone is working from the same unambiguous visual blueprint

Obtain funding sooner:

  • VC's and Investors can see and experience your vision at minimal cost
  • Stakeholders can fully visualize your proposal easier, in less time, to make a budget decision
  • Allows you to develop better estimates around cost and timing to lower investor or stakeholder risk

Rapid prototyping has been around since the CAD systems of the late 1980's brought visualization and modeling techniques to the automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor industries to cut cost, bring new products to market faster, and eliminate confusion about what to build.

Despite the proven success of these rapid prototyping methods, software applications have been defined with the equivalent of drafting board. Today, most mobile and web applications are defined by storyboards, a technique developed at the Walt Disney studios during the early the 1930's for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture or animation. Even when combined with rapid application development (RAD) techniques such as the iterative development methodology of Agile, the approach is problematic.

The issue is that most people fundamentally have a hard time visualizing a final application from the text specifications and screen shots of a storyboard combined with static use cases and flow diagrams. Despite the advantages of Agile development, coded prototypes that allow users to see and touch the application can still be expensive and time consuming to produce.

The result? Project delays, cost over-runs, and missing features. The solution? Rapidly produced prototypes that allow users to experience the actual application with a visualization on the devices themselves. Agile-like iterative development without the actual coding.

Giving critical stakeholders the ability to see and interact with the application and visualize the final result early in the process can eliminate confusion, unnecessary development cost from countless change orders, and create excitement and buzz.

Not only do storyboards fall short – they do not provide full visualization of the final product – but they are also tedious and time consuming to review. Which is easier, reading what happens when you select certain functions pictured on a screen shot, or running through the actual process on the actual device? Making it easier to review an application not only saves the valuable time of stakeholders helps them avoid missing something, but makes it possible to reach a much wider audience for valuable input.

More use case scenarios

Software prototyping can also be used as an inexpensive funding tool. Start-ups raising funding, or departments seeking budget can produce an application prototype at a fraction of the cost of a functional version that runs on the actual devices. A picture is truly worth a thousand words or a deck of PowerPoint slides to demonstrate exactly how new applications will look and act before any money is spent on development.

Once consensus is reached with the final prototype, a detailed, unambiguous functional specification is easily generated for the development team to start coding, and for the QA team to test the final result. There is no second guessing what was intended for the application, all the way down to the wording of error messages.

AsssureSoft uses the latest tools to deliver functional application prototypes that run on your mobile device, tablet, or web browser.