In this post, we’ll looking at the most compelling reasons to create a prototype for your Salesforce application. Going straight from idea to code — without much thinking, designing, prototyping, or do some user testing is a bad. Indeed nothing brings you closer to the functionality of the final product than prototyping

What is a prototype?

A prototype is an early interactive sketch of an application that you are building. It’s a quick interactive model explaining the actual look and feel. The interactivity in a prototype is very important as project stakeholders can feel and use the user interfaces. From simple navigation between screens, to complex animations and interactions, a prototype demonstrate the core functionality to stakeholders.

Who should prototype?

Everybody involved in a Salesforce project should do a prototype! Business Analyst, designers, developers even end-users. Some are more expert at it than others, but doing a prototype is more about imaginative collaboration and mindset rather than achieving a quality. Everyone have something to gain by doing prototypes.

Good reasons to prototype

While avoiding prototyping might save some time, that surplus can be lost over development and multiple complaints from end-users. In the real-life people try clothes before buying them or test-drive cars before signing the check. It makes sense to test ideas interactively before going over development. Interaction and feedback is how users create solutions to their own problems.

Save Time

Creating a prototype can cut the time and effort in half during a Salesforce implementation project in comparison with traditional requirements gathering process. With a good prototype and great feedback from stakeholders, the development team will reduce their requests for clarifications. The more you learn about problems in the design process, the faster the implementation will be.

Save Money

With a prototype ready, the development cycle becomes shorter and your development process is more cost-efficient. By allowing the stakeholders to experiment your Salesforce design, you have the freedom to fail cheaply while learning more in what people want.

Stop building unnecessary features

Recent studies show that almost half of all project costs are imputed to rework due to unsatisfactory requirements. Going back to the drawing board involve new work from the designers and developers with a lot of wasted time and effort. With a user-testing prototype, you can demonstrate the functionality of the application and fix issues earlier in the process. If we go even further, the same case study cited above saw 25% reduction in post-release bugs thanks to prototyping.

Get feedback quickly

Whether you have customers, clients, or other stakeholders, people won’t be able to tell you they want it, until they try it. The more feedback you get during your prototyping process, the quicker you will be able to design a Salesforce application that people want. With feedback, you will save yourself a ton of wasted hours building something that either people do not want, or that has a poor user experience.

Sell ideas

Prototypes are great for pitching ideas. If you’re working with skeptical stakeholders, a high-fidelity Salesforceprototype will help you prove your vision more than a wordy description powerpoint or a mockup bogged down with notes.

To wrap up, the benefits of doing prototypes for your Salesforce project far outweigh the costs:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Better collaboration among the team
  • Stop building unnecessary features
  • Get feedback
  • Sell ideas