Ela NowickaUpdated: 21/07/2020
Once upon a time, there was an idea to make a product that will revolutionise the market. The proud inventor found a software development company and asked them to create a product design. They accepted it. After days of hard work and a lot of client’s money, they still couldn’t develop the final product. Finally, the team decided that the project is impossible to make. In result, they wasted time and money to prepare an unsatisfactory design. So what went wrong? What the team missed in the process? The answer is simple. It’s a Proof of Concept.
PoC is the first app version prepared before starting to work on creating a new digital product. When there’s an idea, and especially if it’s an innovative and risky one, it’s worth checking it first to see whether the concept is feasible and works effectively. Beginning from the stage of PoC is vital to building the right solution. Above all, it allows verifying the functionality of assumptions for a given technology.
1. In-depth research of the problem
Before we start building the PoC, we focus on all the obstacles that stand in the way to the final product. We check everything that concerns the project – technology itself, market demand, budget etc. All of this to choose the solutions that are the best suited to the target group’s needs.
2. Reduction of possible risks and problems
Proof of Concept will allow you to diagnose all limitations at an early stage and better understand the project. Consequently, it saves you time and money.
3. An increase in team creativity in the research stage
Because it’s a small project, we can devote more time to the analysis. We’re able to verify and change the assumptions of the product. In result, the project will be more refined and better fulfil its primary purpose.
4. Knowledge if the product is useful and successful
You know in advance if your idea is going to succeed. And owing to market analysis, there’s a chance that it’ll stand out from the competition.
5. You won’t lose money, time and the company’s reputation
The main goal of PoC is to demonstrate the functionality of the final product. To make sure it has a lower risk of failure. So you can be sure that you won’t spend your money away.
We’re always looking forward to new collaborations. Each client is treated individually, and each project requires proper approach and analysis. From the first meeting to the workshop, we get to know the client, his idea and the business.
As a part of the research, we advise building a Proof of Concept. With PoC, we aim to reduce business and financial risks as well as to estimate the cost of the project. Here’s how we do it:
1. Predetermined timebox
First of all, before the research starts, we set how much time we need for it. In this way, we know our goal and how to spread the workload across the team. We have to keep in mind that it’s a small experiment to see if the assumptions for technology are enough to make a digital product. Remember, it’s a test, not a real project, not yet.
2. Set of detailed questions
What we’ve learned is to define the issues and the research area precisely. Thanks to that, we can later identify gaps in the project and prevent any misunderstandings.
We conduct the study by following our set of questions. If we don’t find a solution to one of them, we inform the client and discuss what should we do next. Sometimes some restrictions can stop the whole project. In our work, we have often encountered issues due to software or devices. So we know how important it is to diagnose those problems before the project starts. We also keep an open mind to new solutions and technologies. When we decide that some approach may work better with the idea, we try it out.
3. Communication and effectiveness
There must be a strong focus on communication and productivity. The team working together talk about the progress and encountered difficulties with each other and with the client.
Staying in touch with them allows us to explain everything about the project. From costs to tasks we perform. This way, they’re aware of what is going on at the given moment. The client is a part of the process too.
4. Research data
By collecting the data from questions, we can better adjust the project to meeting the market requirements at its best. From our experience, we know that very often, the primary assumptions change and evolve.
Simultaneously to PoC, we do a market analysis to get to know the competition and to target prospective customers better. Thanks to this, our client will get a product that stands out from the competition and that clients will want to use.
It’s a small investment that can bring a lot of benefits to the client. Thanks to the PoC, we can identify the potential setbacks and prevent them. It’ll point in the right direction toward measures that need to be taken, which will help in further product creation. Sometimes there’s another technology, more suitable for the project but it can be discovered only because of Proof of Concept. Thus, it should be a part of every software development process.
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