I’m a senior UX with about 10 years experience and I’ve worked on lots of projects, large and small, some worth a few thousand, some worth a few million.
One thing I run into time and time again is the handling of ‘what-if’ scenarios. I’ve learned that you need to design for them.
But it’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when’.
Here’s my advice:
Find out if the what-if scenario is actually a user need. It might not be.
If it is, get the basics right first, then add in the what-if scenarios. Without a backbone interaction working well, you have nothing.
Do not design around the what-if scenario. This will kill your project stone dead.
Weigh up the impacts of designing for the what-if scenario: does it make the main use case harder? Does it have no impact?
Anyway, share your thoughts!