Terms of Reference and prototypes – the most important documents when creating a website! TOR and prototypes contain the requirements for the product being developed and the rules for user interaction with it.
Terms of Reference (TOR).
The Terms of Reference allows the customer and the developer to discuss and document all the requirements for the project documentary, so that during the development process no one has any questions or hassles. The contractor receives a document with the project structure, with clearly defined tasks and deadlines. The customer receives insurance in case the developer does not do something and tries to prove that there was not one and he does not know what the claims are.
In most cases, the customer has no idea how to draw up a Terms of Reference for developing a website. This is completely understandable and there is nothing terrible in this – everyone does what he can. In any web-studio there are for this project managers and other specialists who will listen carefully to the customer and make a technical assignment. With a high degree of probability, this service will cost money, because this is a considerable time cost. Help with the creation of a technical assignment can not only the web studio, but most of the experienced freelancers. Turning to me, be sure that you will get qualified help. At the stage of drafting the technical task, I will carefully analyze your wishes and propose the best solutions.
Properly composed Terms of Reference contains a lot of details and the smallest nuances about the upcoming project.
Terms of Reference and prototypes – assistance to the customer.
Terms of Reference is a complex document that uses technical terminology that is understandable only to technicians. To ensure that the customer does not have a “brain explosion” from the seen to the rescue come prototypes. Prototyping is the creation of visual images of project pages that will give an idea of the structure of the website, navigation, location and icons interaction, buttons, headings, images and video, text, etc.
Why do we need prototypes:
- Not everyone can correctly formulate their thoughts and TK in this, too, does not help. Prototypes help to not miss important details.
- If at the stage of creating a project (design, layout and further) the client wants to make significant changes – this will lead to significant costs! If the edits will be at the stage of prototyping – the price of changes will be a penny.
- The prototype allows you to test before the development phase.
- Prototypes provide an opportunity to quickly demonstrate the project to the customer and agree on all the nuances.
- Prototypes facilitate and shorten the stage of design creation.
- The prototype can be viewed on any device and show the customer how it works and why it is needed.
Based on the above, we can draw several conclusions:
- To create a serious product and avoid conflicts between customers and developers, you need a Terms of Reference!
- The purpose of Terms of Reference is to explain to the developers how the customer wants to see the final product and also to document all the nuances.
- To save time, costs and demonstrate to the customer what the product will look like – you need prototypes!
- Terms of reference and prototypes helps to get answers to questions that may arise when analyzing one of them.