My reply is always the same, “It would be reckless to submit a cost proposal with so little information. Do you have a requirements document or legacy system to evaluate?” My request is often met with a reluctant “no.”
I completely understand that cost is a crucial decision variable, and sometimes determines if a project can even be explored. I also know that we have created a culture where no one wants to go through the rigors of documenting a thorough explanation of the proposed application. In response to these realities, we encourage our clients to begin with the popular and effective exercise of “wireframing.”
However, now we’re faced with demonstrating why it’s so relevant and useful – and worth the effort! Simply defined, wireframing assets provides a bridge between concept and creation.
Think of your idea as a block of stone – the medium. Only you have the vision in your head, and the only decision you have made is that your creation will be made of stone. The metaphor here could be the web, or mobile, or IoT project as a medium. Through wireframing, as you describe and discuss your idea, we can start to “rough cut” the stone and develop some shapes. These help us with defining the architecture and general design.