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Prototypes and Wireframes

I was recently reading Scott Sehlhorst blog post on prototypes, which is a nice discussion on the value of prototypes, but also includes some of the challenges of using them.  Scott discusses how a prototype can be an invaluable tool for a product manager for elicitation and feedback in an …

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Interface Design vs Requirements

Design has never been one of my strong points.  When I was picking out paint for my new home I assumed that if I liked the color, then it would work on the wall.  Didn’t turn out to be true.  Same goes for my requirements.  Just because my mock-up screen …

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Live from BAWorld: What To Do With Interfaces

Mary Gorman from EBG Consulting presented “Integrating Interface Analysis into your project: Just-enough, Just-in-time”. This talk was one of the advanced topics, with the intent of teaching about how to do interfaces – software, hardware, and user interfaces. I’m going to capture some summary points from her talk, either the …

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Are UI Requirements Software Requirements?

User Interface design is often assigned responsibility for look-and-feel. While I understand the importance of UI design, I am highly dissatisfied by its reliance on “heuristics” and, frankly, the uneven quality of those who profess expertise in the subject. I submit that UI needs a haircut — that we should …

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Yahoo releases “design” patterns

We have recently had a number of discussions on the messageboard about requirements patterns. The concept comes from the software design world which uses design patterns to save significant time when architecting software (See Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software ) The concept behind requirements patterns is similar with …

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