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Operational Prototyping: A New Development Approach
September/October 1992 (vol. 9 no. 5)
pp. 70-78

The two traditional types of software prototyping methods, throwaway prototyping and evolutionary prototyping, are compared, and prototyping's relation to conventional software development is discussed. Operational prototyping, a method that combines throwaway and evolutionary prototyping techniques by layering a rapid prototype over a solid evolutionary base, is described. Operational prototyping's implications for configuration management, quality assurance, and general project management are reviewed. The application of operational prototyping to a prototype ocean surveillance terminal is presented.

Index Terms:
software prototyping methods; throwaway prototyping; evolutionary prototyping; software development; rapid prototype; configuration management; quality assurance; project management; operational prototyping; ocean surveillance terminal; configuration management; quality control; software prototyping
Alan M. Davis, "Operational Prototyping: A New Development Approach," IEEE Software, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 70-78, Sept.-Oct. 1992, doi:10.1109/52.156899
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