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Chapter 12. Wireframing > What Is Involved in Wireframing?

What Is Involved in Wireframing?

Wireframing can be tough work for programmers. Luckily, most programmers like a good challenge. Our minds are usually thinking about tailoring technical solutions to the client’s specific needs. In reality, however, we can accomplish just about anything that a client can dream up. Sure, some things are easier than others, but if Janice just “has to have” a complex report page that we think will require a SQL query joining every table in the database, we had better deliver that report to her. Uninhibited by what is possible, our client is free to discuss what she and the project need to become successful.

The First Wireframe Meeting

The wireframing meeting is similar to a brainstorming session. Janice will do the talking, and we will build the wireframe in real-time as she tells us want she wants. This is a process that we share; although the primary responsibility for describing what needs to be included is up to the client, we would be shirking our duties as experienced developers if we did not jump in at opportune moments. If Janice wants a way for people to log in but has not yet identified an administrative component to manage user accounts, we can bring it up now, while changes are cheap. It’s okay to expand the scope of the project during the wireframing process. Keep in mind that you probably should not have already quoted the client a fixed price for the project; that way, the more detailed you make the project now, the happier you both will be.


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