Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers

📅 2021-05-03 • mindtheproduct.com

I was only just getting started in product management working as a junior at Ask Jeeves when I first came across wireframes. With a little artistic flare, I found one can easily layout screen controls in Balsamiq to draw enough to at least show what a webpage could or should do. Just like this Mind the Product article says, “Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers”. They’re a thinking and communication tool for Product Managers.

I am convinced they’re a great way to help form your ideas when you’re ideas while ideating. If you’re prepared to use Balsamiq or pen and paper they’ll provide you with the agility to further assess a hypothesis, fail quickly and learn more.

We’ve sometimes preoccupied with find this solution. It’s always important to remember there is a team around you to help you do the following:

The role of a product manager is to discover a product that is valuable, usable, and feasible.

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Your wireframes will be a helpful communication tool to share the ideas you’ve distilled with your teammates during a discovery meeting. Ideally, the team’s designer will revise your ideas to produce a Hi-Fi clickable prototype. This will allow you to then validate these ideas with your stakeholders or perform some initial user testing.

Ultimately from your initial wireframes, you should be able to learn:

  1. Has the team discovered a solution to the customer’s problem?
  2. Can this be built?

I hope you give it a try.