Create a realistic prototype within seven hours


  1. Pick the right tools. Select the tools that best match the type of prototype you're creating. If it's a website, app, or software, consider using Keynote, PowerPoint, or Squarespace. For paper-based prototypes like brochures or flyers, go with Microsoft Word. If you're working on a service, create a script and involve your sprint team as actors. And for physical products, you can modify an existing object, 3D print a prototype, or use Keynote, PowerPoint, and photos/renderings for marketing purposes.
  2. Divide and conquer. Once you’ve selected your tools, it’ll be time to assign some jobs. The Facilitator should help the sprint team divide up these jobs:
    • Makers: They'll create the individual components of your prototype (screens, pages, etc.). Designers and engineers usually handle this, but anyone on your sprint team who enjoys being creative can contribute. Aim to have at least two Makers available on Thursday.
    • Stitcher: This person collects the components from the Makers and combines them seamlessly. It could be a designer, engineer, or anyone else who can handle the prototype's format.
    • Writer: A dedicated Writer becomes essential, especially in scientific, technical, or specialized industries. Realistic text is crucial for creating a believable prototype.
    • Asset Collector: Your prototype may require photos, icons, or sample content that can be found online or from your existing resources. Assign someone to gather these elements, which will speed up the Makers' work.
    • Interviewer: They'll prepare an interview script for Friday. It's best if the Interviewer doesn't directly work on the prototype to maintain objectivity during customer interactions.
  3. Divide the storyboard. Split the tasks outlined in the storyboard among team members. For example, assign one Maker to create the ad, another to mock up the website, and a third to handle the app download screens.
  4. Integrate the components. As each section of the prototype nears completion, the Stitcher comes in. Their job is to ensure consistency throughout the prototype, making it as realistic as possible. They'll check that dates, times, names, and other details remain consistent. It's important for the Stitcher to regularly review progress and ask for help from the team if needed.
  5. Run a trial. Periodically check the prototype against the storyboard to ensure everything is included. Use this trial run to also revisit your sprint questions and make sure the prototype addresses them effectively. The Interviewer, who will conduct customer interviews on Friday, should be present to familiarize themselves with the prototype and the sprint questions. The Decider should also join to ensure the prototype's alignment with their expectations.


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