This is the rough workflow for each week in the term, which we’ll follow. It alligns to the ‘double-diamond‘ design approach. However, it’s better to think of it as a circle whereby each cycle is another incremental iteration of the process. This means each week is one of the ‘Ds’ in the process.
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Pre-project for University of Aberdeen Students
Week one (18 January) Introduction and ‘hearing new ideas while learning to listen’ as you find out about the course and your role.
Week two (25 January) Assessment preparation and ‘seeing in a new light to see new opportunities’.
Project weeks for All Students
Project week One (1 Feb): Introduction as you meet the other students and find out about the course and how you’ll be working during the term. Go away with the 10×10 handout for next week. Richard Ellis, Zoe, Jon. Janny and marshmallow challenge.
Project week Two (8 Feb): Define – Ideation Using various techniques we consider various challenges through ideation and consider which ones to take into the next stage and ultimately develop as team project. Jon, Bruce and Ian W.
Project week Three (15 February): Discover – more about the challenge present research and revised initial ideas and refine them to – learn about customer journey maps as a means to uncover challenges and assumptions about your service and identify stakeholders. Bruce and Pete, Heather and Jon plus Ian W.
Project week Four (22 Feb): Design – explore possible solutions for your challenge and develop plans and strategies to implement your ideas. Design early prototypes to validate your ideas. Zoe, Bruce, Heather and Jon
Project week Five (1 March): Discover – The teams meet with stakeholders to pitch their idea and find out more about the context of their challenges and the boundaries of their solution. Zoe, Heather, Bruce, Pete and Jon.
Project week Six (8 March): Develop the prototype – The teams should prototype a tangible challenge solution using different methods of ideation, emotional maps, dramatic arcs, advanced sketching and building paper, Lego, or whatever prototypes. This is about testing your assumptions about the challenge and the solution. Zoe, Bruce and Jon
Project week Seven (15 March): Re-discover/re-design the challenge the idea with possible pivot and redesign from prototype – Lessons learnt from the previous stage are moved forward forward through further ideation and prototype building. Zoe, Heather, Bruce, Pete and Jon
Project week Eight (22 March): Re-develop the prototype so that it is more complete, while the project is documented more formally for the final presentation this week 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. Zoe, Heather, Bruce, Pete and Jon
Project week Nine (29 March): Deliver the project presentation – This week the final results and video are delivered by the teams to their participating stakeholders. Zoe, Heather, Bruce, Pete and Jon.