Prototyping is considered an efficient process for incorporating new product ideas and innovation. It helps in saving both time and money while selling an idea or making an improvement for fulfilling the demands of customers.
With a functioning prototype in hand, the product’s intent and purpose become clear to the team and clients. Thus, the product design team can bypass the design and functional errors at an early stage. This is how it saves both time and money spent in fixing the errors at a later stage.
Without prototyping, there can be no effective design thinking. For example, if you are making a PCB layout for synchronizing its variants, prototyping is a must to show how it would be achieved (design thinking).
However, a few approaches toward prototypingare such that they possibly undercut its effectiveness in delivering ideal design solutions. These approaches are traps that make you shell out more money rather than saving it, thus, reversing the goal of prototyping. Below are these approaches that you need to keep away:
- Prototyping without a Reason or Aim
It is not uncommon for many organizations to prototype just for the sake of doing so. Well, this is as bad as hurrying to prototype an idea that appears to be promising in the first go.
The fact is that a prototype should be made for a reason. For example, it can be to test an assumption, show how a proposed idea can work, or to validate a new functionality.
If such a goal is absent, prototyping can lose focus to end up with much detailing or little detailing. Both the results tend to waste your time and money. So, always find out the answer to why this prototype should be created.
- Explaining More than Showing
Prototyping is all about showing what you think or propose instead of theoretically explaining the same. When you keep explaining things, it only results in wasting time, not comprehending the idea properly, and probably arguing against each other’s views.
Instead of explaining how your idea will work, create a sample or model that demonstrates the same. While doing so, if there is something not working properly, take it as a learning opportunity to eliminate the flaws. This saves much of your money and time in making the product later.
So, just show; do not say how great your idea is. Remember, action speaks louder than words!
- Sticking to the Endowment Effect or Being Emotional
The endowment effect involves an owner assigning more value to an item just because she or he owns it. When it comes to prototyping, it can result in making a prototype too valuable togive up, resulting in ignoring the flaws and insisting upon incorporating it at any cost. In short, the maker or owner exhibits a too emotional behavior, as she or he has spent much time and efforts in making it. A solution to it is to start with a low-cost and quick prototyping tool and cheap ingredients to prevent emotional attachment.
With these revelations, it would now be easier to make prototypes efficiently. All that is required is the focus on the goal and exact requirements to be incorporated in the least amount of time.
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