This is the rough workflow for each week in the term, which we’ll follow. It alligns to the ‘double-diamond‘ design approach of diverging on possible options, and then converging on one option to move forward on for the next phase. 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 (13 September) Introduction and ‘hearing new ideas while learning to listen’ as you find out about the course and your role in this course.
Week two (20 September) Assessment preparation and ‘seeing in a new light to see new opportunities’ this course offers you for exploring how this course fits into your degree and career plans.
Project week One (27 Sept): Intoduction as you meet all of 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.
Project week Two (4 Oct): 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.
Project week Three (11 Oct): Discover – more about the challenge and how it will be recorded by each team with the ‘project canvas’. We’ll also learn about customer journey maps as a means to uncover challenges and assumptions about your service and identify stakeholders.
Project week Four (18 Oct): Design – explore possible solutions for your challenge and develop plans and strategies to prototype how you might implement your ideas.
Project week Five (25 Oct): 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. Janny and marshmallow challenge.
Project week Six (1 Nov): Develop the prototype – The teams should prototype 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.
Project week Seven (8 Nov): Re-discover/re-design the challenge the idea with possible pivot and redesign from prototype – Lessons learnt from the previous stage are moved forward through further ideation and prototype building.
Project week Eight (15 Nov): Develop the prototype so that it is finalised, while the project is documented more formally 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 (22 Nov): Design the project presentation – This week the final work goes into the presentations for stakeholders next week.
Project week Ten (29 Nov): Deliver the project presentation – This week the final results and video are delivered by the teams to their participating stakeholders.