Weekly Schedule-Spring

This is the rough workflow for each week in the term, which we’ll follow. It alligns to the ‘double-diamond‘ design approach. We’ll dig deeper into this with the Ideas2Action approach.

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Pre-project for University of Aberdeen Students

Week one (17 January) Introduction and ‘hearing new ideas while learning to listen’ as you find out about the course and your role.

Week two (24 January) Assessment preparation and ‘seeing in a new light to see new opportunities’.

Project weeks for All Students

Project week One (31 Jan): Introduction to the CityLab design process and previous projects.

Project week Two (7 Feb): Challenge Introduction You hear about the challenges from Aberdeen Inspired for the term and form your teams. Gather your ’10×10 brief’ instructions for use next week.

Project week Three (14 February): Discover – more about the challenge using journey maps We’ll revisit the brief and go over your 10×10 photos, and learn about customer journey maps as a means to uncover challenges and assumptions about your service and identify your stakeholders.

Project week Four (21 Feb): Design several possible solutions for your challenge and learn how to use an experiment board to monitor your ideas and assumptions, and ‘unpack the moon’ to gain more insight about your challenge.

Project week Five (28 Feb):  Share potential solutions with Aberdeen Inspired stakeholders as the teams meet with stakeholders to find out more about the context of their challenges and the boundaries of their solution. Hear how the ‘project canvas’ can help you develop your selected solution.

Project week Six (7 March): Develop several idea options– The teams should develop options for potential tangible challenge solutions using different methods of ideation, emotional maps, dramatic arcs, or other options. This is about testing your assumptions about the solution.

Project week Seven (14 March): Develop the chosen idea Use the evaluation results from the previous stage to start to develop the chosen option. Use the presentation template to sketch your presentation outline.

Project week Eight (21 March): Push the idea so that it is more complete, while the project is documented more formally for the final presentation so that the input from all students is captured before the project is shown in the showcase event next week and handed over to stakeholders.

Project week Nine (28 March): Deliver the project presentation – The final results are delivered by the teams to their participating stakeholders.