User Centered Design (Navigation System for Baby Sitters):

INTRODUCTION:

This week our main focus was on user centered design. More specifically, our task was to design cars with features that suit our designated users. We were told we are going to have three parts to this sprint in the beginning of the class, which are brainstorming, designing and presenting. Each group are composed of 3 members and my group was designated to design a handy navigation system for baby sitters in the first round. We figured a scenario where the baby sitter lives far away from her clients and had to drive through traffic with limited time. The feature of the navigation system was it identifies heavy traffic and then gives a alternative route by itself. This feature saved the baby sitter enough time so she can get to her clients on time.

SO WHAT: ( A: Reflect a bit on your experience of using this technique. What questions did it raise (questions that you might want to explore in the future) and/or what problems did you encounter (e.g., problems that you can learn from, address differently in the future)?)

  • First of all, I liked how we started brainstorming by think of as many as ideas as we can. Since we have so many ideas to choose from. With three members each group we can get through ideas quickly and identify the idea we want to apply to our design. I did find it difficult when it comes to finding a complete compromise between ideas of each group members. For example, when one member propose an idea which the others don’t really think it’s the best solution, we recycle this idea and try to find the optimal one. However, time is limited and during the sprint I don’t think we used our best idea each time. We had to compromise for an idea that was proposed first. I enjoyed working everyone very much and I learned a lot from my teammates. I would polish our presentation process more but it was only a one minute presentation and there is only so much that can be said.

NOW WHAT: (How and where could you see yourself applying this technique in the future? What kinds of projects do you think would lend themselves to this approach? What might not be appropriate for it?)

  • Working in groups with different people are required in a lot of scenarios in the future. Learning when and how to make compromise to others suggestions is key. Sometimes in a group, there are roles for each members. When everyone has the same impact on decisions, making proper compromises to others suggestion might be a good idea since reaching a consensus is hard. Making proper compromises saves time and your project progress faster. In a scenario where one has the majority control over the project, also listen to others suggestion but one does not need to make compromises as often since one has control over which direction the project is going. To sum up,making proper compromises is dependent upon how much impact you have in the group. Collaboration is a complicated matter. Making the proper decision and respecting others opinions are all skills when working with others.
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