My Experience with Task Analysis Mapping

Task Analysis Mapping a simple research method where you, as the problem solver, break down the problem into smaller steps. Recently, for an assignment, I attempted to go through a Task Analysis myself and imagine I was a design student living in San Francisco who had noticed that the living room walls needed a new paint job. How would I go about doing this?

Although the analysis of one task might seem simple, I found that taking the time to think through the task of painting a room resulted in the realization that there are many intermediary steps. I started by setting a starting point of noticing the problem of needing to paint the room and a finishing point of completing the painting the room. After that, I just imagined how someone would try to complete this task and added steps until I connected my beginning and end points. Here is what I came up with:

Although the steps that I came up with may differ from other people analyzing this task, I think the point of Task Analysis Mapping is that for a relatively small amount of time spent, you can gain great insights into what are the (likely) important checkpoints as someone is trying to complete a task.

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