Task Analysis Research Methodology
This week’s lesson was Task Analysis Mapping.
Our goal was to outline all of the steps that it takes to paint a living room.
The practice is called Task Analysis Mapping. Task analysis mapping is done when researchers and designers (and designer-researchers) are trying to understand how someone completes a task on their own, without guidance or prompting. Since everyone has slightly different ways of going about solving problems.
We were given the following guidelines:
This task analysis will be done in a sketched storyboard format. Which means that instead of listing out the steps, we’d like you to try to draw each of the steps.
My process was as follows:
- Identify the Problem — We always joked about how ugly the walls were and just never did anything about it.
- Find a solution — Everyone in the flat had a sit down to decide if we all wanted to spend the time and money to repaint.
- Ask for Approval — We asked the landlord if he would allow us to paint.
- Research — We looked online and different colors.
- Agree to Terms— We all agreed that it would be split 3 ways and the work would be done together.
- Purchase supplies — Everyone went together to the hardware store to look at paint swatches and purchase supplies.
- Execution — We decided who did what and got to work.
The project made me think of planning and execution and how even simple tasks (like painting walls) require forethought.