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 (12 September) Introduction and ‘hearing new ideas while learning to listen’ as you find out about the course and your role in this course.
Project week One (19 Sept): Introduction to the CityLab design process and previous projects.
Project week Two (26 Sept): Challenge Introduction You hear about the challenges from the stakeholder for the term and form your teams. Gather your ’10×10 brief’ instructions for use next week.
Project week Three (3 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 projects.
Project week Four (10 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 Five (17 Oct): Design – explore possible solutions for your challenge and develop plans and strategies to prototype how you might implement your ideas.
Project week Six (24 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 Seven (31 Oct): Share potential solutions with 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 Eigth(7 Nov): 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 Nine (14 Nov): 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 Ten (21 Nov): 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 Eleven (28 Nov): Deliver the project presentation – This week the final results and video are delivered by the teams to their participating stakeholders.