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January 2020
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What is Product Prototype Testing

Irina Yaroshenko

International Sales Manager +4314120126

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During development process, we often face a dilemma: how to create a product in a timely and quality manner, and at the same time make it exciting and intuitive for both users and customers.

After design is created, you need to check if a product will be understandable and helpful.

What Is Product Prototype Testing

There are several ways of testing a product, starting with the stage of sketches and ending with testing the prototype, which seems to be a finished site for users.

Prototype testing means evaluating the product before it is officially released to check whether it performs all its functions correctly.

This investigation makes your project come to life. It emphasizes product’s beauty and functionality, but also sheds light on any issues that can be fixed before the start of full-scale production.

Why Software Product Needs Testing

  • For instance, graphical user interface testing (UI) helps to verify most of user’s actions, interaction of services and components.
  • Creating and testing a prototype involving your target group is the best way to evaluate a new project and see if it will be successful as a commercial product.
  • Testing the prototype provides an opportunity to thoroughly study the project at the very initial stage of work and make necessary changes in accordance with the goals.
  • This process ensures the full product performance after its release.
  • Testing a prototype is saving you time and money on developing a product.

Implementation of testing at the prototyping stage allows you to save costs and time, since from the very beginning a project will be carefully worked out and all details of specification will be taken into account.

What is advised to be tested on the prototype: 

  • Concept validation,

which means checking if users can easily find out what the product is and what functions it performs.

  • Navigation

It can be checked under condition of testing the final version or labels and category names. It shows if naming and placement of menu and search field are clear for people.

  • Flow of certain features

Prototypes are helpful to make sure that you’ve created intuitive and accessible design for users.

  • Microcopy

It is better to use real labels, button names and menu categories in your prototype. It will both show if people can understand the interface and if there are any bugs that need to be fixed.

Questions to Ask When Testing Product

To keep you focused, it is essential to determine the goals of usability test:

  • What exactly are you testing?
  • What are the questions you want to answer?
  • How do you measure achievements and misfortune?
  • How do various prototypes differ?

The questions above will help you specify the objectives of your test and develop the finest approach.

Here is a range of questions we recommend to raise:

  1. Make sure that design is easy and suitable for the user needs.
  2. What do you suppose this tool/ website to be used for?
  3. Which opportunities does this website/ app provide?
  4. Who is your target market?
  5. Although people are testing the prototype, call things by their proper names. Clarify whether it is an app, tool or website, etc.
  6. What questions should be asked after validation of each task?
  7. Is there anything you looked for but couldn’t find there?
  8. Were there any difficulties checking this task?
  9. Did you accomplish your search fully?
  10.  Did anything about this design surprise you?
  11. Was there anything missing?
  12. Was there anything irrelevant?
  13. What was the difficulty level of this task?
  14.  Can you describe this application/ tool/ website as easy and convenient in usage?
  15.  What do you need to be added to this application/ website?
  16.  Are there any improvements that can be made?


Our Role

During testing, we strictly follow user instructions and carry out work in accordance with a clear test plan. Our team pays special attention to identifying structural and logical errors in the prototype that can lead to system failure.

When we test a prototype, we compare its structure with similar design options for products and offer options for improving it. We also check whether the software being developed complies with international standards.

Thanks to the qualified work of Scheduling experts, prototype testing will allow you to determine the most effective development model. We are here to help you and share our professional experience

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