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Title:Patchwork Prototyping: A Rapid Prototyping Technique That Harnesses the Power of Open-Source Software
Author(s):Jones, M. Cameron; Floyd, Ingbert R.; Twidale, Michael B.
Subject(s):patchwork prototyping
sociotechnical systems
rapid prototyping
paper prototyping
COTS integration
Abstract:This chapter explores the concept of patchwork prototyping - the combining of open source software applications to rapidly create a rudimentary but fully functional prototype that can be used and hence evaluated in real life situations. The use of a working prototype enables the capture of more realistic and informed requirements than traditional methods that rely on users trying to imagine how they might use the envisaged system in their work, and even more problematic, how that system in use may change how they work. Experiences with the use of the method in the development of two different collaborative applications are described. Patchwork prototyping is compared and contrasted with other prototyping methods including paper prototyping and the use of commercial off the shelf software.
Issue Date:2007
Citation Info:Early draft version of what became a book chapter entitled: "Patchwork Prototyping with Open-Source Software", which was published by the Idea Group, in 2007 in "The Handbook of Research on Open Source Software", edited by K. St. Amant, and B. Still. It should be noted, that the draft version has more text than the book chapter, thus it is not a copy of what was printed in the book.
Genre:Book Chapter
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-03-30

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