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1 Prototyping: alternative systems development methodology by J M Carey Presented by Cynthia Johnson February 7, 2007 EEL 6883
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2 What is Prototyping? “’Prototyping’ is the process of quickly building a model of the final software system, which is used primarily as a communication tool to assess and meet the information needs of the user?” – J M Carey
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3 What is prototyping? “Prototyping is the use of approximately 30% of the ultimate staff to build one or two working versions of various aspects of a system. It is not production code but it may eventually become pre-production code or it may be completely discarded. In the prototyping effort, we are not concerned with the maintainability of the code nor are we concerned with formally documenting it.” – Larry Bernstein
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4 Why use prototyping? Helps user clarify their needs Less ambiguous than traditional narrative function specification Improves team communication. “A picture is worth a 1000 words” Less emphasis on time consuming documentation Generally faster than traditional development
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Why prototype? The prototype provides a vehicle for systems engineers to better understand the environment and the requirements problem being addressed. A prototype is a demonstration of what's actually feasible with existing technology, and where the technical weak spots still exist. A prototype lets the developer meet earlier schedules for the production version. A prototype allows for early customer
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2011 for the course EEL 6883 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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