In this episode, Jennifer Kalz helps you to use prototypes effectively and create the right solutions for your customers.


After listening to this episode, you'll understand:

  • Why you should use prototypes as part of requirements discovery
  • How to create the right level of prototype
  • How to identify your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) 
  • What to do after you create a prototype


The biggest challenges with requirements discovery are creating a common understanding and trying to ensure we’re building the right thing.  Prototyping is a powerful tool that can address both of these challenges.

A prototype can be anything from a whiteboard drawing to a pixel-perfect, partially functioning model.  The key is to understand why you’re creating the prototype and who the audience is.

In general, you want to start with the simpliest form of prototype, typically a paper or whiteboard drawing, and increase the level of fidelity if needed.  You may iterate through drawings to wireframes to mock-ups.

Just remember to stop prototyping once you have the answer that you built the prorotype to address.  When you have what you need, stop prototyping and start building the real product.


Listen to the full episode to understand how to get results from prototyping and the common tools you can use.



Find a question or risk that can be addressed through prototyping and create the simplest prototype that will help you answer your question.

  Once you’ve answered the question, stop prototyping and move on.


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Jen Kalz

Jen Kalz

Managing Consultant at Skyline

Jen Kalz is a Managing Consultant for Business Analysts, Quality Analysts, and Scrum Masters as well as an internal and external Agile Coach at Skyline, a consulting services organization based out of the Midwest. She holds several certifications including: Certified Business Analysis Profession (CBAP), Certified Usability Analyst (CUA), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) along with training as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

She has over 15 years of project, product, coaching and agile transformation experience in multiple industries.


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