Rapid prototyping – at the core of the next-gen software development
Over 150 Cybernetics students attended our Spring IT workshop, where four members of the QUALITANCE team developed live, in only two hours, a mobile app, using a revolutionary methodology – rapid prototyping – and last-generation technology frameworks: Ionic, Yeoman, Bower, Jenkins
Rapid prototyping is more than just a methodology – it’s a thinking principle applicable in any area, because “doing is the best way of thinking”. Two years ago we first met Tom Chi, co-founder of Google [x] who has been working on Google Glass and Google Driverless Cars between many other fascinating projects.
Discussing institutionalization of rapid prototyping with Tom, we knew that we had the means to achieve the goal we’ve set when we started QUALITANCE: improving the way software is engineered. Based on Tom’s experience, we’ve been able to implement rapid prototyping and continuous innovation principles not just in our software teams, but within the whole organization. The newly-launched series of rapid prototyping workshops is part of our initiative that targets to support not only passionate up-and-comers to the IT world, but the entire IT community in Romania – along with the innovative internships (where students work on designing, coding and testing applications that they can take over and further develop independently), the testing courses introduced in the official university curricula, the new lab launched inside the Cybernetics, and the support for DevAcademy who is creating an elite of tech innovators.
The code repository written in two hours has been turned into an open-source public project and is available here. The students have been given access to and encouraged to continue to use it in order to develop their own apps or come up with new features for the current app.