“Building the right product requires systematically and relentlessly testing that vision to discover which elements of it are brilliant, and which are crazy” – Eric Ries, Lean Startup
Learn one of the most sought after skills: Rapid prototyping
What’s the difference between an entrepreneur or product manager that finds the right idea, brings stakeholders on board, and effectively communicates their vision and one that doesn’t?
Yes, the ability to make prototypes can work wonders with your startup or organization.
A prototype allows you to not just imagine a product, but make it real.
No more spreadsheets or vague verbal descriptions. Show your users and your team exactly what you want and get taken seriously.
Whether you’re a 1 person solopreneur, or part of a larger organization you need to be able to effectively turn ideas into real tangible, working demos.
This course is focused on giving you, the digital professional, the ability to rapidly assemble and deploy working web & mobile prototypes in just a few hours.
The best part about this? We’re going to do all of this without code. No programming, no technical books to study, no distractions from what you do best.
Why you should learn how to rapid prototype:
Launch your MVP for free and start getting real user feedback today
Cut through the fundraising noise and show investors something they can understand, a real product
Stop guessing what feature is essential to your vision. Prototype it and test it this morning and by the afternoon have your answers.
Cut your contracting costs by 50% and save yourself the headaches of misunderstandings and poorly compiled project specs.
Stop bugging your developer team to make incremental changes that they don’t understand. Show them exactly what you need done and keep them out of the “is it worth it” debate
Test out new features and get user feedback before you make major changes
Get organizational approval for initiatives by letting then USE the exact thing you’re proposing
Bring some life to your PSDs and make them interactive.
Bridge the gap between design and development by removing any chance for miscommunication or misunderstanding.
Get more accurate feedback from users & reviewers by deploying your designs in browser and on their phones.
Cut your experiment iteration time in half and stop overloading your developer resources
Web & marketing agencies
Get more projects approved and increase your billable hours by pitching your clients with prototypes
Never waste time and money building something incorrectly. Prototype it and find out exactly whether you’re on the right path.
Win over prospective clients by rapidly building their proposal and demo-ing it back to you them. A huge advantage in the client acquisition game!
There’s no course like this online. I’m going to walk you through step by step how you can take an idea, conceptualize the requirements, and roll out a polished and professional prototype, without touching any code.
If you’re trying to be successful online, do yourself a favor and learn this incredibly valuable skill.
Like with any of my courses, I’m here 24/7 to help you with your project. Any question, any project. Consider me your personal tutor on making your project a success.
P.S. Of course, if you’re ever unhappy with the course in any way I’ll personally refund you your purchase price. No questions asked. Just message me “refund” and I’ll refund you within a day.
What are the requirements?
Basic computer skills and access to the internet
Minimum half days worth of time to devote to the class (can be taken at any time spread out over time)
What am I going to get from this course?
Understand the benefits and correct usages of prototypes
Understand the basic terminology used in web and design speak
Use Sprintkick’s product creation framework: Sx5
Efficiently create and articulate a strategy for your product
Efficiently create and outline the scope and specifications of your potential product
Create professional looking initial sketches of their product with just a pen and paper
Create “sketch” wireframes with Balsamiq
Used advanced features and export settings in Balsamiq
Create non sketch wireframes of your idea in Pidoco
Use all advanced features and techniques in Pidoco
Create a sitemap for outlining their product and assisting in communicating your project externally
Bring in reviewers & collaborators into your design process and accelerate your feedback cycle
Take design assets and convert them into a format that Pidoco can accept
Create a functional and interactive prototype in Pidoco
Present your prototype in the best possible way to investors, team members, developers
What is the target audience?
Entrepreneurs who want to take their game to the next level and start prototyping their ideas before building them
Any person who is Non-technical and wants to develop skills that will allow them to create professional web/ mobile apps
Project and Product managers who want a more effective way of pitching new ideas and features internally
Marketers who want a more rigorous way of testing their ideas before launching them
Anyone who works for a web or marketing agency that wants to win over more clients and have an advantage against competition
Anyone who wants to minimize risk and cost associated with launching their ideas
Anyone who aspires to be an entrepreneur but lacks the skills or the confidence
Anyone looking to hire, outsource, contract a developer / designer but want a more accurate estimate and lower price
|Section 1: Introduction (75 minutes)|
The first thing to do
Crash course terminology
What is a wireframe? What is a prototype?
High fidelity and low fidelity
Understanding why we use wireframes and prototypes
Picking a tool
Important things to understand beforehand
Following the construction path
Section 1 review material
|Section 2: Coming up with details (30 minutes)|
Coming up with strategy
Coming up with scope of our project
Section 2 review material
|Section 3: Building our low fidelity version (167 minutes)|
Intro to sketching
Materials for sketching
Sketch it out part 1
Sketch it out part 2
Upgrade to a tool, getting started with Pidoco
Getting used to the features in Pidoco
Creating a quick sitemap upfront
The site elements to start with
Handling images in Pidoco
Adding and controlling layers in Pidoco
Alternative: Using Balsamiq part 1
Alternative: Using Balsamiq part 2
An example project created in Balsamiq
Creating the low fidelity version of the Happy Hour app
Section 3 review material
|Section 4: Creating an interactive prototype (61 minutes)|
Getting it designed and polished
Why I don’t use HTML/CSS
Adding interactivity to your prototype
Collaborators & reviewers
Creating the tablet version
Section 4 review material
|Section 5: Prototyping and beyond (6 minutes)|
Keep the learning going
Let me hear your feedback (+ free monthly giveaways)
Section 5 review material
Evan Kimbrell, Founder of Sprintkick | Ex-VC | Ex-startup founder
Hi, I’m Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course.
Currently, I’m the Founder, Director of Sprintkick, a referral based full service digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the last 4 years, I’ve overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from 1-2 man team startups bootstrapping their initial idea, to multibillion dollar Fortune 100s like Wal-Mart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, & GNC.
Previous to Sprintkick, I worked as a VC for a brand new firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firms expansion into Silicon Valley deal flow and into Consumer Web tech category.
Previous to working for Juvo, in the long long ago, I was a co-founder for a educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through 5 tech incubators (yes 5) with Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.
I’m an avid AirBNB host for the Fishermans Wharf district of San Francisco. My space has the #1 search ranking for my area, has hosted over 200+ people, and is currently booking out 18 months in advance 🙂 Over the last year I’ve helped multiple other hosts get their properties listed and maximize their price per night. Results range from an extra +50% in price for established hosts, and +400% for brand new hosts.
Hope you enjoy my courses!