Unpacking ideas

Today the rough starting point ideas from last week were explored some more before being reduced to ‘how might we …’ challenge statements by the four teams. What started as four ideas became more focused and ready for more study before next week.

We lost a student, and gained three who couldn’t make it last week so we ended with about eighteen in total today. We started with introductions and some overview of where we are now and what the teams had looked at last week so that anyone who wasn’t on a team had some idea of what was on offer and others could change teams if they wished.

To illustrate the need to consider iterations and reflection of approaches with short feedback loops, we played the ball point game. This was a fun energiser, as well as an interesting exercise. The score of the team steadily rose from 0 in the first round to 35 in the final round against an estimate of 40. It was interesting to see that the team didn’t make any big changes but steadily modified the initial approach with local optimisations. While the first estimate was a guess by one person, all of the others were based upon previ0us rounds and assumptions about how well a suggested improvement would work. Only in the second round where they estimated three, but successfully completed seven, did they exceed their estimate.

Afterwards we had the students using the ‘unpacking the moon’ worksheets to help them better understand the different ways in which their ideas could be approached and from direct connections to more abstract concepts.

unpacking the moon exercise

As you can see the example has the moon in the centre with ever-widening circles around it in much the way that a stakeholder map moves ever further from those directly concerned with the key idea.

By the end of the session all of the teams went away with a clearer idea of how wide they could scope their idea and had enough variety for them to find several ideas to further explore in the coming week.

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