I want to test and improve by collecting useful feedback on my work at different phases.

Prototype Testing Plan

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INSPIRED BY : Nesta (2011) Prototyping in Public Spaces.


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Requires some dialogue with colleagues/peers. Plan for some time to interact and fill out in collaboration over a day maybe.



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What is it & why should I do it?

 

Prototyping is something we all do in our daily lives when we try out new things – from trying out new recipes while cooking to trying out different routes while going somewhere: it simply involves trying out an idea to see how it can be improved. At work however, prototyping is more than just ‘trying out’; it is a structured way to check that you have an efficient and fitting solution or approach before rolling it out or making a big investment in it.

 

The Prototype Testing Plan gives a basic, but useful overview of the different ways in which you can test your work, as well as when to test it. You can build a prototype using various materials, or simply draw or act out your idea. The Prototype Testing Plan also helps structure the testing process. It is most efficient if you go through a structured series of steps. This way you can continually improve your work, while avoiding getting lost once the feedback you collect starts piling up. The worksheet indicates two periods when it is usually beneficial to test your idea: in the early stage of development, and in the later stages just before full implementation.

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Prototyping is often carried out in various stages of a process with the aim of either searching for new ideas or testing an existing idea to see whether it works and how to make it better. Prototypes can be made as often as possible. The key is to keep it easy and cheap to build them, focusing more on the core offering rather than smooth finishing. Feel free to use what is easily available around you as long as it helps you try out your idea rather than just talking or thinking about it.

Use the worksheet as a basic guide to help plan your prototype tests. Always clearly specify the main idea you want to test out through your prototype. And make sure to note down any learnings on how to improve your work by reallocating activities, resources, people or materials.

 

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  1. Boze Anderson

    Micro Eyewear, Inc.

    User Rating: 5

    Good day,
    We need a first generation prototype for sole source provisional contracts with Government and world agencies.
    Micro Eyewear, Inc. has planned to develop a proprietary device that enables in situ distinction of microscopic items and/ or the distinction of small variances.
    Micro Eyewear is a line of glasses, head gear and products designed to give users microscopic vision. We plan to redesign the microscope into wearable technology.
    Thanks
    Boze Anderson, CEO
    Boze Anderson/ LinkedIn
    (310)663-7919 M

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