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“Mockups 101: Help Your Customers Understand What They Are Going to Get”

Mockups are easy to make, and everyone understands them. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be fine no matter what you do.

I, for one, have made many costly oversights in the years since adopting this approach. Thus, this guide was created to help prevent you from making the same mistakes in your own projects.

The book is going live soon. I consider it a “living material”, so it will be available online for free, and I’ll keep improving the book long after the launch.

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Read What Other Business Analysts Say about the Book

  A very insightful document.

  The text was provoking a lot of questions… You do a great job convincing people and showing how to use mock-ups in their job.

  Based upon my experience I’ve had with mockups, you’re book is right on the mark.

  I have read through Mockups 101 twice now, and I believe you are spot on in every detail… I have nothing but good things to say about your book, the detail and the layout of the information.

  Very interesting stuff. What’s even better is the easy, approachable language you use. Real-life experiences that you’ve shared further help drive your points across.

  The best tip for me or at least an angle I never thought of was the section that contained this ‘pearl’ of wisdom – ‘The system was thoroughly tested before the coding even started.’

  Thank you for the mockup book. I went through it and it is really very helpful and the things are outlined in a clear step by step manner. You have done a fantastic job. Thumbs up.

  The text is very nice, and I enjoyed reading it – especially the last three histories.

What You Will Find in the Book

Chapter 1:
HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET

When Traditional Approach Doesn’t Work

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Chapter 2:
BASIC MOCKUP ROUTINE

Several Related Screens Make a Digestible Package
Use On-Screen Annotations
Mockups Should Be Quick and Iterations Short

Chapter 3:
SOME COMMON PITFALLS TO AVOID

False Sense of Progress
Drowned in Design Feedback
Expecting Developers to Understand Mockups
The Easy Way Out

Chapter 4:
PROVOKING THE RIGHT FEEDBACK

Populate Mockups with Real Data
Put the Issues in the Spotlight
Group Screens to Provide Business Context

Chapter 5:
DISCUSSING THE MOCKUPS EFFECTIVELY

Test Your Own Understanding
Break Non-Productive Discussions
Make the Mockups “Their Own”
Create Opportunities for More Tests

Chapter 6:
MOCKING-UP THE OUTPUTS

You Need Details
Be Precise With the Data
Cross-Check It in the Opposite Direction
When Mockups Are Done

Chapter 7:
MOCKUPS AS A SPEC

Emptying Your Head
Compiling the Information
The Fireman’s Approach

Chapter 8:
GOOD AND BAD REAL LIFE EXAMPLES

Assertive Mockups Saved the Day
Mockups as a Part of Process Paralysis
User Guide before Coding
Summing It All Up

Chapter 9:
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOCKUP TOOL

Generating Code from Mockups?
Creating Fully Clickable Prototypes?
Why Not Use a Real GUI Builder?
Why Not Simply Use Plain Old Pen and Paper?
List of Available Tools

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  Easy to read and follow, nice examples, good recaps.

  I think it provides great simple straight forward approach to using mockups. I love the fact that you stress that these are mockups and not actually what the finished product will look like.

  I find the book very interesting. One learns the most from the experience of others. This book tells about real projects and how they were approached.

  Excellent book. Two tips in particular I will be taking away are: Produce mock ups around scenarios (brilliant idea), and: Actively trying to provoke feedback by putting in real data and where there is a question or multiple options put in the more controversial one.

  I’ve actually been using the book while working on a current project that happens to require a lot of mockups – I have been finding it extremely useful.

  I’ve read though Mockups 101 and I’m very impressed with the document… I appreciated the level of detail you have undertaken as well as covering areas like ‘common pitfalls to avoid’.

  Good work, you’ve got a huge experience in dealing with customer’s requirements.

  I enjoyed reading the material and I think it matches as a “101 Introduction” the expectations of the audience consolidating the key points with a few experience examples.

  Your explanations are stright and well written. The examples are also very good. In others words, you have done a very good job. I thoroughly enjoyed the context and value you bring to the discussion in general.

  I found the book to be well structured and easy to understand… I appreciated the link to the website listing various tools that help me to explore potentially useful tools.

  I really like your book, and enjoyed reading it… I like the way you started the book, of course with a problem with Marlene, and then went to explain the usefulness of Mockups and Wireframes.

  I especially like that you include examples from your own experience, which provides strength and authority to what you are presenting.

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