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Storyboarding in Software Development, with particular reference to Microsoft CRM

From Microsoft CRM Team Blog.

Today, I’d like to share a few notes on a processes we’re using when designing UI features on the CRM team. I’ll also point you to a great toolkit that can help you design and create lightweight UI prototypes of CRM solutions.

One of the design techniques we use is to create Storyboard Prototypes. Storyboarding is an iterative, interaction design methodology that uses a series of sketches or pictures to demonstrate an end to end solution for a user scenario. This type of low fidelity prototype is used to illustrate design concepts and obtain feedback early in the design process. Storyboards are particularly useful for refining and validating concepts before writing detailed functional specifications. The technique enables you to work effectively with your multi-disciplinary team to create highly usable, user centered designs.

As an aside: You may be most familiar with it as a technique used in the film industry, where a comic of a section of the film is created to help the directors and cinematographers visualize the scene and rectify potential problems before they occur (i.e. before they are really expensive to fix). As you might have guessed, this technique was developed at Walt Disney studios during the early 1930s. Read More>

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