Project Management: Begin in Class; Finish for Week Three

 

While design thinking is simply an approach to problem-solving, it increases the probability of success. That’s because design thinking is focused on understanding people's needs and discovering the best solutions to meet those needs.

Step 1: Write Down Your Tasks
Step 2: Establish the Order of Tasks
Step 3: Create Some Milestones
Step 4: Calculate the Timescale

Create a Project Roadmap, Gantt Chart (or other timeline) to define all the aspects and stages of your design process, as well as how and when you’ll deliver them.

You may create it in the software/app of your choice, from Illustrator to Sketch to Trello to Google Sheets.

The chart should encompass the remaining 14 weeks of the semester (remember Spring Break week!).

Important: If you intend to include this in your portfolio for Ideate, you must plan to have a working version done by WEEK 13.
That means you must present that working version in class on WEEK 12  (APRIL 29). 

Here are some things you’ll want to include for a typical Product/UX Case Study. (Hint: we’re already at interviews/surveys.)

BROAD STEPS
  • Strategy
    Mission Statement/Abstract
    Rationale
    .
  • Research
    User Interviews
    Expert Interviews
    Online Surveys
    Contextual Inquiry/Observation
    Market Research
    Competitive Research and Analysis
    User Analysis (based on user studies above)
    Personas
    Empathy Map
    User Journey Map/Storyboard
    User Stories
    .
  • Structure
    Information Architecture (IA)
    (Card sorting?)
    .
  • Ideation
    Sketches
    Wireframes
    .
  • Design
    Iterations/Revisions (repeat as necessary)
    Prototyping
    Reviewing
    Refining
    Build
    Debugging
    .
  • Testing
    Usability Testing
    A/B Testing

RESOURCES

Best UX Checklist Ever

Excellent Reiteration of Product Design Steps

 


HOMEWORK

  • Refine your Proposal based on suggestions made in class
  • Finish the Project Planning you began in class and include it in your Proposal

Present at the beginning of Class 3.