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17 May 2012

What's the ultimate agile BA technique? Paper Prototypes

 According to the meetup group we played with the other day it is paper prototypes.  
(You can see the whole list of techniques we discussed here, and the game we used to create the list here.)
Idea for homepage
Ideas for homepage

What we the criteria that got it up as the champion technique on the night?
  • You can test business ideas with them
  • Paper prototypes can be built quickly and edited just as quickly
  • They can be disposed of equally quickly and with less fanfare than the deletion of an exquisitely crafted Balsamiq wireframe
  • Pictures tell a thousand words
  • Screen sketches capture key business data
  • Screen and flow sketches capture important process and interaction flows
  • The combination of the above help you discover edge cases
  • A paper sketch doesn't get you caught up on details of design or UX
Here are some handy resources on Paper Prototyping
  • Wikipedia page
  • A case study on designing a University web application
  • An online book - Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces
  • A handy Youtube clip showing someone do it particularly well (embedded below)