UIEtips: Anatomy of an Iteration

Jared Spool

February 9th, 2009

The iteration is a basic tool for successful designs. We’ve found that the teams that iterate frequently and effectively are the ones that produce the best results.

Yet many teams don’t know how to iterate effectively. They spend too long building out a design and then don’t collect any useful information to tell if they’ve achieved what they set out to get. They end up deploying their result, only to discover their users are unhappy with what was built.

In today’s article, The Anatomy of an Iteration, we dive deep into what it takes to conduct successful iterations. I explain the four iteration steps and share some best practices. I’m sure you’ll find it helpful to make sure your team is learning everything they can in their design process.

Iterations are a key part of the prototyping process. If you’re looking to improve your prototypes, you’ll want to attend Richard Rutter and James Box’s full-day seminar, Wireframing and Prototyping for Highly Interactive Web Apps at the UIE Web App Summit.

Have you learned any tricks to help keep your iterations short and effective? We’d love to hear your experiences. Share them below.

3 Responses to “UIEtips: Anatomy of an Iteration”

  1. Taylor Regan Says:

    Great insights!

    Not short changing any of the stages can be tough. Especially when dealing with business teams that have difficulty understanding the benefits of the process.

  2. Ionut Popa Says:

    Here at Sparktech Software, we iterate a lot even at the wireframeing and prototypeing level. That helps a lot when the actual design mockups are built. Even so we iterate again and again in this last phase of the ui design thus streamlining to the max the ui.

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