Chapter 7 Preparing the Prototype

This chapter explains how to create a paper prototype and prepare for usability testing by doing walkthroughs. The prototype creation and walkthrough activities happen iteratively—make some prototype pieces, do a walkthrough, figure out what’s wrong or missing, and repeat. There are no hard and fast rules for how long to spend on each iteration, but as noted in Chapter 5 this process typically takes a total of 2 or 3 days, perhaps spread out over a couple of weeks.

List the Pieces needed for the Tasks

Make a list on a whiteboard or flip chart of all the screens your prototype will need to support the tasks you’ve created—the steps from your completed task templates are a good starting point. Keep the list fairly ...

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