How to Save Time and Money with Rapid Prototyping in Software Development




When you paint a room in your house, what do you do? A. Test the paint color on a small section. B. Paint the entire room and then decide if you like the color. Unless you love taking unnecessary risks, the answer is (A). You test and adjust early.

Developers use a similar methodology for custom software development. It’s called rapid prototyping.

Rather than spend months preparing specifications before stakeholders ever see the product (Think: Waterfall), rapid prototyping solicits feedback early. Here’s how rapid prototyping in software development works at Devetry:

  • We discuss business needs and system requirements with the client.
  • We identify which features provide the highest value with the lowest associated cost.
  • Our team of developers, designers and business analysts translate client needs into a prototype, an interactive visual model of the system.
  • We present the prototype to our client and request feedback.
  • Depending on feedback, our developers iterate or finalize the prototype.

If you have a limited budget for full product development, rapid prototyping can be a cost effective way to validate requirements and build a lean MVP. That said, rapid prototyping in software development is not right for everyone. Here are additional pros and cons to consider.

Does Rapid Prototyping Make Sense For You?

As a quicker and more iterative approach to software development, rapid prototyping can save your team time and money. By eliminating features that don’t add value to the end user, the process is streamlined. At Devetry, we use rapid prototyping to help our clients assess whether their idea has legs, before they spend resources creating a product. We equip our clients with the tools they need to pitch their value proposition to prospective clients and investors.

Author: Brett, Co-Founder & CEO

Devetry partners with clients to identify critical needs and build custom software. Understanding client needs comes first. Choosing the right technology comes second. Learn more.