Jesper and I were invited yesterday to speak for the Danish IT usability network (link in Danish) about prototyping and our experience with prototypes.
In short, the presentation touched
- Prototyping, how and when to get up to speed
- Cases from the public and financial sectors where we have been prototyping
- Experience with different tools, such as Axure and Ruby on Rails
- Lots of good questions from the audience
We were around 25 people in total, and both Jesper and I were impressed with the good and relevant questions that everybody had. Actually, it was a shame we were not able to stay for the afternoon group discussions about the different presentations.
I had a talk with Rolf Molich afterwards and he seemed quite impressed with one of the cases we presented. Two things seemed to have made a special impression: That it took only 20 hours before we could present a rich working Ruby on Rails prototype for the client. And the way we had added ability to find competences as well as users and their most important contact details in the same autocomplete field.
(sorry, but no screenshot here since they contained real data :)
Here are the links Jesper promised to post with comparison of different prototyping tools. I also added a link to a more detailed look on Ruby on Rails as a prototyping tool (published by Jesper here on justaddwater.dk).
- Boxes and Arrows: Visio Replacement? You Be the Judge (Nov 2006)
- GUUUI.com: Results from a survey of web prototyping tools usage (2002)
- Justaddwater.dk: Ruby on Rails as rapid prototyping tool (Apr 2006)