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Alpha

Prototype and test solutions to the problems uncovered during the discovery phase. During a series of collaborative two-week sprints, our multidisciplinary team will design and test prototypes exploring different directions for the service.

Through a combination of workshops, sketching, prototyping and user research we will help you generate, validate, adapt or discard new ideas. By the end of alpha, you will be in a position to decide which ideas to pursue through beta.

Activities

Design workshops

What are the hypotheses we want to test through the alpha?

Sketched concepts

Going wide and sketching disposable concepts around ways someone might use the service

Prototyping the riskiest assumptions

Producing rough and ready clickable prototypes to explore possible direction

Solving a whole problem for users

Understanding and exploring how this component fits into the wider user journey

User research

Testing sketches and prototypes with representative users to define direction

Exploring technologies

Collaborating with a development team to explore integrations, opportunities and constraints

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Mace & Menter provided an exemplary discovery and alpha project to NCSC. By having seasoned and independent researchers and designers assist us, we were able to canvas the community comprehensively in order to construct a long term development plan for the service. Mace & Menter are highly professional, reliable and rigorous in their methods.

Programme manager - NCSC

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