Wireframing, it is not at all a new concept or a practice. Humanity has been “wireframing” for centuries. Whether it is drafted design of building construction, sketches of an innovative idea or vast networks for communication and travel. Each wireframe is a blueprint of a page in system, along with overall description of the page, elements and its functionalities used, linking of elements and pages and numerous things involved in a project development.
Requirements are somewhat fluid by nature and some uncertainties will remain at this stage in the project but the key to reducing costly amounts of re-work is to minimize these uncertainties to the fullest extent possible by talking through the approach with team members. I’ve found that wireframes engage the customer far more effectively than long lists of “The system shall…” statements.
Here are some of the reasons why wireframing is so imperative:
1. Clear and precise understanding
Writing requirements is not an easy task, no matter how well you know the business and system needs. We all read the same document but each of us has different imagination.
With Wireframing we can have a visual representation of the requirement and solution we wish to offer. When client can actually see the design come to life as a prototype and interact with it himself, the bridge between ideation and application becomes much easier to cross.
For a business analyst the biggest hurdle is to grab the attention of the clients and stakeholders while explaining the complexities and details of the project and keep them engaged through it. And ultimately there biggest satisfaction comes when they simply put forward their points and watch the clients experience their ‘Eureka’ moments.
2. Platform for UI and UX Design Patterns
When it comes to designing for a particular software solution, client will always have suggestions about changing color of the button or choice of image, but these changes are easy to discuss and decide on.
When it comes to deciding about interactions and functionalities, its like pulling your teeth. Prototypes help you to present various options for interaction and functionalities for the elements of the application; the review process becomes much easier for stakeholders resulting into enhanced timeliness and quality of the feedback, ultimately resulting in better user experience.
3. No more surprises
It’s difficult to judge how customers will feel about a design and solutions until they have it in front of them. With prototypes in front of them customers can easily interact with it and provide required change requests, which will ultimately result in very few iterations and smooth development cycle.
Generally final product always seems a little different than what you had in mind, and adding more text and static images into the requirement just might push the developer over the edge, Instead if we prototype out the use cases and add notes to detail the functionality, the developers know exactly what you want.
4. Common platform binding up different groups
The major hurdle when building an application is communication, it might be from a designer to developer or project manager to client.
We work on projects with colleagues around the world, even a minute miscommunication can lead to rework and missed deadlines.
But prototypes serve a common platform wherein all the stake holders can communicate and share the details, designs and notes just by sharing a prototype link. Not only this but you can update the prototype if required and the updated prototype will be seen by all the users having the link.
5. What can be a better way to sell an idea to client?
Consider you have a great idea for your client and its getting tough to sell. Powerpoint slides and sketches are not being that useful to convey your thought process.
In such cases instead of investing your time in creating presentation slides and documents, you can create a wireframe wherein you will not only provide a visual presentation, but allow client to interact with its features and play with it.
Along with presentation it also helps greatly in calculating the effort estimate in least possible time. While presenting the idea in front of client you can also provide him a genuine effort estimate.
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