Day 4 of a Design Sprint

Prototype Phase

The Prototype Phase does not mean you have to build an actual product. You just need to make a realistic façade which means it should be just good enough to show to the users or stakeholders to get a reaction out of them.

Goals of the Phase

The Prototype Phase aims to get a reaction out of a user, so the designers will know how a product will work or if users will even like the product. The goal of the Prototype Phase is to be able to create a cheap and scaled down version of a product to be able to expose any problems with the current design. The Prototype Phase gives designers the chance to bring their ideas to life, test the workability of the contemporary design, and to possibly investigate how users think and feel about a product. This phase aims to be able to bring the sample of the product closer to the users so that designers will know what the initial reaction of the users to the example and learn how they can improve the product.

How to Prepare the Phase?

Preparing for the Prototype Phase starts with how good the other phases are.

First, the team has to understand the problem, try to sketch out an illustration or map of the problem, decide how to go about the challenge and then go to the prototype phase.

The team needs to first talk about themselves how they are going to go about the problem before them. An excellent and vibrant discussion needs to be hashed in between the team and cooperation has to be present for the prototype phase to be a success. The team has to involve the designer as much as they can for the designer to be able to make a correct prototype that is in line with their discussions.

The designer has to have a good rapport with the team to get a good feel as to their vision for the product and what they aim to achieve with the product. The designer needs to collect all the information and details he can help with regards to the product so he can make a functional prototype of the product.

Who Needs to be Involved in this Phase

Although it seems that the prototype phase is the realm of the designer, it is as much of a team effort as the other phases. The entire team has to guide the designer in executing their visions and idea of the prototype product, and the designer has to get the insights of the team throughout the entire creation of the sample product.

The Prototype Phase seems like an arduous task, but it is not. It is a fun and challenging phase that will test the designer and the rest of the team’s creative juices and will result to the construction of a prototype that will answer all the business related questions needed.