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A prototype is like an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a conception or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from.

It is an early sample, model, or release of a product or system built to test a concept or assumption or to act as a thing to be examined and learned from.

In this sense, an initial “prototype” is the first complete solution to the original dare. The first “prototype” is the first time all parts of a solution are tested together.  

It is the first time that the inter-dependencies of all components can be tested, analyzed, and refined. Complete does not and should not mean final.

How to Test a Prototype with Real People

We’ve been working really hard on our networking app, Jog. but now it’s time to test our app with real people. In this video, we took our functional prototype and put it in the hands of potential users to test usability.

Interactive prototypes are a great way to apply usability testing into the early stages of software development. But are you doing it right?

Check out the what, how, and why of usability testing with high fidelity prototypes here.

Running usability tests on an interactive prototype can avoid the type of 11th-hour headaches that make software designers’ and developers’ blood run cold: last-minute reworks, buggy launches, and worse, loss of stakeholder confidence and funds.

ut for helpfulness testing to work, it has to be done right. Running tests on interactive prototypes requires a different approach to testing coded software. 

This article gives an overview of when, how, and why you should run usability tests on interactive prototypes.

Usability Tests for High Fidelity Prototypes

Usability Tests for High Fidelity Prototypes

Problem discovery is the classic usability test, problem discovery does what it says on the tin but it finds the most pressing usability speedbumps and probably tells you how to fix them. 

It is like you are the doctor and your interface is the patient so a problem discovery test will help you make a diagnosis and prescribe a cure. You can do this more throughout an iterative design process for the best results.

During a problem discovery test, the facilitator should monitor for issues and, when they arise, note and explore the actions and speech of participants. 


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a product or system built to test a concept

Running tests on interactive prototypes