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    Software and Web Design: Put Yourself in Your Customer's Customer's Place

    James Nagy - 2780 Article rating: No rating

    Recently, we had a client come to us in trouble.  Long story short, this was a customer who had come to us previously asking us to build her a website.  We talked over what she wanted, drummed up a proposal, and sent it over to her.  Great, fine, totally on board.  However, then she started talking to another company who promised to do the same job for much cheaper.  She went with them, the site was designed and up and running, and she was not happy with it.  She came back to us needing help.

    Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes

    James Nagy - 3676 Article rating: No rating

    It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.

    Custom Software Solutions - Prototyping

    James Nagy - 3448 Article rating: No rating

    The next step in developing custom software applications, following the requirements / initial engagement phase, is prototyping. I have been involved in prototyping sessions that have lasted anywhere from a half day session of single concepts to many month marathon sessions fleshing out complex concepts from user login to backend reporting processes. This is neither a phase that should be ignored nor a place to trim some cost and time out of a project. The better and more complete your prototype is the easier it will be downstream when you get to development.

    Custom Software Solutions: Requirements / Initial Engagement 2

    James Nagy - 3352 Article rating: No rating

    The Requirements / Initial Engagement phase is not through quite yet.  You can check out the first half of this phase: here if you missed out.  Following the initial engagement session, it is important to digest all the ideas that were presented. Take those ideas and document them into a long-term product roadmap.

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