3 Steps for Rapid Prototyping

3 Steps to Rapid Prototyping

3 Steps for Rapid Prototyping


In health care, change seldom happens quickly. We're accustomed to thinking in-depth about new services or ways of delivering care before we implement them. There are many reasons why we tend to be so deliberate. We work in a safety-conscious culture. We're oriented toward quality as defined by health outcomes and don't want anything that would compromise it. Sometimes the need for evidence slows our rate of progress.

In prototyping, we want to move quickly. Our goal is to increase confidence, not identify a scientifically valid solution. When you prototype rapidly, you maintain a greater sense of focus on problem solving and defer judgment. Bringing an analytical mindset too early will limit creativity and the scope of problem solving. At this stage, be visual, rapid, and learn quickly.

Here are our three steps to rapid prototyping:


1. Give Time Limits

This can be done in a playful way that won't convey a sense of pressure, but a feeling of excitement. After brainstorming, an hour should be enough time for the first prototype.


2. Divide Into Teams

You can answer more questions if you build multiple prototypes to evaluate those questions separately.


3. Emphasize Roughness

Remind all that it's not about refinement. You're just trying to convey and evaluate an idea experientially.



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