We consider that each idea is unique and regardless of it's desired outcome (to automate something, to innovate, to expand a business, and so on), we also know that's very important to validate it before any significant amount of work is done.
The simplest, fastest, and cheapest way to handle and ultimately validate an idea is to create a Proof Of Concept (POC).
A POC starts with the analysis of the idea in order to determine it's core features and specs. If any feature is considered to be outstanding then the POC will serve to demonstrate that actual implementation is possible.
Let's assume that an idea for a digital product requires the use of a special microscope device from a particular manufacturer. In this case, a POC is required in order to confirm that the device can be accessed and used via a software connection. In addition, it will help to understand and assess its technical capabilities.
Communication and research are key when it comes to the development of an idea into a POC. Even if the focus is not on design, user experience, and the number of functionalities; the POC is extremely valuable for the client (to confirm the idea), for the development team (to understand the idea), and for the project (to receive the "green-light" for future development).
There are no rules when it comes to creating a POC. In some cases, an intense research session is enough, in other cases, a collection of documents supporting the idea is enough, sometimes a design concept will do the trick, and so on.
When it comes to digital projects (software products, services, and so on), a POC can take the form of a very basic (sometimes quite crude) application that serves a single purpose: to test and confirm something.
We strongly encourage all our clients to develop their idea into a POC right from the start of the collaboration. This way, in a short period of time and within a small budget, they gain the confidence to push the idea forward or accept to let it go and focus on something else.
How about you?
Do you have out-of-the-box ideas for products, services, or your own business that you'd like to bring to life?
Contact us and let's talk about it.
Together we can take the first step and develop your idea into a Proof Of Concept.