When you're a product manager, clear communication is paramount to achieving successful results. When you want to communicate your ideas, get feedback, and set design parameters, a wireframe creator like Uizard can truly help you.
With Uizard as a tool for product managers, you can easily and quickly translate requirements and ideas into a visual language that's easily understood by everyone on board the process. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. While specification documents are helpful, nothing truly conveys ideas like a picture.
In this short guide, we'll show you how you can leverage Uizard to work faster and easier, leading to more productivity within your product team!
1. Find out what the customer needs
As in most successful workflows, it is best to start with preliminary research to find out what the customer needs. You would need this to strategically come up with features that would be valuable, useful, and practical. To get to good results, you may need to do a variety of customer interfacing, such as one-on-one sessions, reviewing customer support tickets, analyzing customer surveys, and observing user research sessions.
At this point, the goal would be to articulate the problem. The final problem has to address who will benefit from the solution and what challenge does the solution address, in the first place.
2. Create low-fidelity prototypes*
When you have an idea about the solution you want to develop, you should get started by creating low-fidelity wireframes. Wireframing is a powerful thinking tool, and in Uizard, you can easily build in low-fidelity by turning on Wireframe mode.
Building in low-fidelity with Uizard's easy drag-and-drop interface enables you to brainstorm and focus on the most essential information and most important parts of the screen. You can even leverage Uizard's repository of pre-made component templates to accelerate your workflow.
If you prefer starting with a pen and paper, once you've defined the basics of your layout, you can also simply upload photos of your sketches to Uizard, and wait for the AI to convert them into digital, editable screens.
When your screens are finalized, you are now ready to trace the user flow in Uizard's Interact mode.
3. Generate a theme to reflect your design system, and fill in placeholders
Now that you've made sure that the content and UX make sense, you are ready to embellish your low-fidelity prototype with your brand identity and fill in placeholders to come up with a high-fidelity prototype.
It's now time to disable Wireframe mode and generate a theme using Uizard's automatic theme generator. This AI generator enables you to create themes and components from your company's brand identity, style guide, and design system within minutes. You can upload any image, URL, or Sketch file as a source.
4. Leverage comments to provide supplementary context
In nearly all cases, it makes sense to communicate supplementary context to your fleshed out idea. This can be done by leveraging commenting within Uizard, and adding notes and annotations to screens to explain use cases, scenarios, or other relevant information to supplement the demonstration of the intended workflow.
If you work for a small company, it may be possible to personally do a step-by-step walkthrough to your developers and other stakeholders. Regardless, you'll probably want to invest some time and effort into making your solution understandable to anyone who might be interested to see your proposed solution.
Uizard commenting can truly help you orient relevant stakeholders more quickly. Additionally, it will give them more clarity in terms of what you want when you present your idea with an image, supplemented by necessary annotations.
5. Collaborate in Uizard (and test, if you can afford it)
Now that you've laid the groundwork, you're ready to invite collaborators and accordingly set roles and permissions. Invite your sales, marketing, leadership, or customer success teams to evaluate the viability of your proposed changes. Invite your designers and engineering team to get a reality check of the ideas' feasibility.
Alternatively, you can also share your prototype to anyone who has the link. Anyone who gets the link can also leave a comment.
The great thing about creating prototypes is that it's so visual that everyone can get the message, whether they are technical or not. A shared visual understanding makes sure that everyone is on the same page, and thus understands the product roadmap and the reasons why it's heading that way.
Since Uizard enables you to easily share your prototype, it may also be rewarding to test, if you have the luxury of a user research or user experience team. Check out this article on using Uizard with UserTesting.
6. Adapt based on the feedback
Following the stage of gathering feedback from relevant stakeholders, you'd want to utilize the feedback you've gotten by adapting the prototype on the conclusions you've made. It may take a little bit of going back and forth, but iterating in Uizard is easy. You should iterate because it's best to discover and solve the problems with your idea before coding starts.
Once all concerns have been addressed, it's time to step back and let your designers and developers do the magic and make the best out of your product idea!
*The above-mentioned recipe is repeatable, easy, and effective. However, there may be use cases where it won't fit, such as when you want to create modifications for existing solutions and would therefore want to start working in high-fidelity or perhaps actual screenshots of your product.
We hope you can use Uizard to communicate and transfer knowledge more efficiently in order to create better solutions and experiences for your customers!
If you would like to make the most out of Uizard's collaboration features, you can check out this guide.