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There's a story of a guy who wanted to sell cars online. But what a huge system to write, and he didn't know if it would work or not. So he made a website with forms etc, but manualated the entire back-end by hand. The backend was a mock up. This have him the feedback that the business could work.

But this approach needs ideas that people can recognize that they want. There's the story of the early xerography (xerox) process being sold to IBM - but they carefully assessed the need for it and declined:

http://ecotopia.com/webpress/futures.htm




I've never heard of "manualated" before. I've always called it "flinstoning" :)


The name for this in HCI-experiments is wizard-of-oz method

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_of_Oz_experiment


There's the story of the early xerography (xerox) process being sold to IBM - but they carefully assessed the need for it and declined:

Similar story, different area - Pixar was nearly sold to Microsoft even after Steve Jobs had signed the deal with Disney to produce Toy Story in 1991, as Jobs was worried about the companies finances.

Worked out well for him in the end.




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