Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-12-08]

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A look back at the best from a year ago.

Prototype Fidelity

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Prototyping is invaluable for getting feedback on a design. It is also great for getting validation of requirements. It can even be used as a means to document the requirements. What level of fidelity should be used when getting feedback? Jan Miksovsky provides some guidance from the real world.

Idea Seeding Better than Brainstorming

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Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi, at OK/Cancel have written an article sharing the creative process they use for creating their awesome strips. Idea seeding is the process where they use time constraints and design/refine cycles to improve their ability to create quality “product.” They also wonder about extending this approach to other areas where brainstorming is normally used.

Software Silver Bullet

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“I believe the hard part of building software to be the specification, design, and testing of this conceptual construct,[…] If this is true, building software will always be hard. There is inherently no silver bullet.”
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Computer Magazine, Apr 1987

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