Software prototyping refers to building software application prototypes which display the functionality of the product under development, but may not actually hold the exact logic of the software. This software development model allows for a clearer understanding of requirements and solicits useful customer feedback in the early stages of development.
Buildermind can accelerate the time it takes to turn your idea into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). There is no better way to validate your idea than by soliciting feedback with a prototype of your idea. We specialize in both throw-away and evolutionary prototyping depending on your needs. We are comfortable with aggressive timelines.
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the basic building block of the Lean Startup methodology. It is a pared down version of a product with just enough functionality to show what’s possible. If you plan on seeking early-stage capital or showing potential customers what’s possible an MVP is the way to go. MVPs can range from UI only to fully functional prototypes depending on the idea being validated.
This approach is perfect if you need multiple prototypes for testing or need to work on a very aggressive timeline. With throw-away prototypes, you will generally need to scrap the actual prototype once you decide to move to the Lean development phase. You still retain the knowledge from early feedback which in some cases is the most important thing. This approach is for you if you follow the “fail fast” mantra.
Evolutionary prototyping is a method where the MVP is likely to turn into a full-fledged product. With this method, we still put emphasis on working fast while at the same time building on a tech stack that can be used as the basis for a full-featured product. This method is a good fit in those cases where you want to capitalize on traction achieved during the MVP phase in order to get to the monetization phase in the shortest time possible. This approach is perfect for startups that have a validated idea or for enterprises that have already identified a need for a product.