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One of the disadvantages of building a prototype is that people will believe that the final system will follow shortly. Why do you think building a prototype will lead people to this inaccurate conclusion? If you were delivering a system prototype, how would you communicate to the system users that the real system would not be ready for another three years?

Research the Web to find this years Wired magazine's Vaporware Awards, awarded to the top 10 most eagerly awaited technology products that never made it to consumers. Review the top three products and describe why you believe the products never made it to consumers. What do you think the inventors could have done differently to ensure that the products made it to their customers? (200+) (I think this is the website that is talked about http://www.wired.com/gadgets/gadgetreviews/multimedia/2007/12/YE_Vaporware?slide=1&slideView=5)

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Building a prototype will lead people to this inaccurate conclusion because after seeing a successful prototype, which is essentially a working model of the final product, consumers start having very high expectations of the final product. It is often seen that in order to produce a quick and cheap working model, many important developmental steps are being ignored and thus, people fail to realize that the actual product may take longer than expected as many problems or issues can arise during the actual development.

When delivering a system prototype, we need to clearly communicate system users about the technical details of the prototype, along with potential issues that can arise during the actual development stage. Prototyping ...

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Building a prototype will lead people to inaccurate conclusion that the final system will follow shortly because after seeing a successful prototype, which is essentially a working model of the final product, consumers start having very high expectations of the final product.

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