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DFA Studio Leads: Developing Partners

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DFA Studio Leads: Developing Partners in Design of Learning Environments 351 S15

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Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Product Ad Project Value Proposition

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Technical spike: Assessments

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Technical spike: Impact map

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Deliverable (Lesson/Prototype) 4

3 years ago ·

Matt Easterday Approved a goal: Technical spike: Service blueprint

3 years ago ·

Spencer Carlson

Mini-retrospective:
Spencer: I think we did a great job of finally pulling together those lingering tasks we've been working on over these last weeks in time for the presentation. Still, could do better in the future by being more proactive about those tasks by keeping track of what's approaching and giving ourselves more time than we think we need to allow for unexpected setbacks (such as not getting email responses).
Evan: I also think we have done a good job continuing to split up tasks, communicate and finalize lingering loose ends. I agree with Spencer, there should have been more of a proactive strategy in terms of non responsive clients instead of a reactive one waiting for them in order to move forward.
Stephen: I think we are doing a good job of communicating with each other as well as the client and staying on top of what all needs to be done. I think we can do a better job of making alterations to the product based off what the client wants. (It's just a little late for that)

3 years ago ·

Stand for Tuesday, Jun 2

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
They often come to the Fellows with a set of four or five common problems (e.g. partner is not enthusiastic). They probably won't want to do the whole interview, but perhaps practicing parts is better. Got reaffirmation that learners want to do as little as possible, we want to remove barriers to action as much as possible.
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
User tested, feedback and revision on blueprint, brief signed, feedback from clients on mentor checklist and mock interview.
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
Yes, achieved goals.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Make final edits to the tools, prepare for client presentation.
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
None.

Spencer Carlson

Mini-retrospective:
Spencer: I think we're doing really well with sprint planning and stands now, and we could do better in following through with a higher percentage of the things we plan, or plan to do more manageable tasks.
Stephen: Doing really well? I think we are doing a good job of communicating with one another our progress on our projects.
Where we need to do better? Figuring out what is feasible between now and the presentation
Evan: I think we have been doing a very good job communicated as well as completing the biweekly stands we set out to do a few weeks ago. I also think we have been doing a much better job splitting up work. In line with Stephen, I think as time is winding down we need to be cautious of scope, and what is and what is not plausible to complete by the end of the course.

3 years ago ·

Stand for Tuesday, May 26

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Met with coach and improved thinking about impasse-driven learning prompt, making edits on mock interview (from client)
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
Didn't get a testing time set up, put the brief on back burner to focus on other things, achieved other goals.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Do a one-to-one test in person at Northwestern, have contact with Rob and Brandon to guide thinking/creation of mentor guidelines
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
Having trouble getting communications returned on multiple fronts, i.e. feedback on ideas and possible testers.

Raven Johnson - We suggests that you answer each question even if it's as simple as N/A. A simple answer could possibly encourage you to reflect on why you have no answer and provide insight into goals you may not have completed and/or next steps in moving the project forward. #Yay It seems you're looking to do some feasible testing. #lookout Time is really limited at this point and we want to make sure your efforts will yield beneficial/useful results.

3 years ago

Raven Johnson - As far as your obstacles, it basically just sucks when people are unresponsive. You probably already have, but if not, perhaps you can try talking to Matt and keep trying to reach people via different tools (email, Loft, hangouts, etc.) Also, maybe try reaching out to your project coach for feedback. S/he may be a bit more understanding of your circumstances, have valuable feedback and connections. Keep up the good work!

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson

From Adam during meeting: for impasse-driven situation, you want people to ask for help, but need to realize they can ask for help/understand they're struggling.

3 years ago ·

Stand for Tuesday, May 19

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Completed prototype 1 for mock interview, getting edits on mock interview from client, compiling master design document, creating impact map part 2 and critiquing it, third prototype of email tasks, set up user test with Stanford (fell through due to power outage), discussing mentor checklist to plan prototype, finished goals assignment edits, set up a meeting with coach
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
No, didn't get brief signed off on, didn't get prototype of mentor checklist completed.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Make all edits that need to be made on mock interview, prototype mentor checklist, get brief signed off, set up testing time for email with CC and Stanford
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
Testing -- power outage and scheduling difficulties prevented testing with Stanford, CC hasn't responded to email. Best I can do to get testing done is keep following up and meanwhile talk to clients about other users I could contact for testing.

Guidelines -- need a better idea of what this will look like, will talk in studio time tomorrow to determine this.

Christine Schied - Even if you don't have an answer for one of the STAND questions, write something in the box, like N/A. Good progress on completing your goals for this week, like we said last week, you seemed to have a lot of planned accomplishments, so it's natural that you didn't fulfill ALL of your goals. You still made great progress and got a lot of things done. Good job taking our feedback from last week and giving more detail on why your obstacles could pose problems for you. We agree with your plans to resolve/deal with these obstacles.

3 years ago

Christine Schied - Once again, we'd like to propose adjusting your idea for testing so that you can get more accessible students to test the email guidelines. Is it out of the question to use Northwestern students? We think its great that you established contact with users at Stanford, but with such limited time to finish the project and the storm that you had no control over, it may be a good idea to reduce your testing scope. Finally, in order to make sure you complete all the goals from last meeting, split up tasks among your teammates and make sure the amount of goals you have is feasible.

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson

Hey guys, I had a time set up to test the email materials with DFAers at Stanford but they had an unexpected storm that knocked out campus power and therefore the internet, so we had to reschedule. I'm going to try and get CC to meet and give me some feedback some time soon, and I'll get feedback from Stanford as soon as we can all find a time to meet again.

3 years ago ·

Spencer Carlson - Following up on this -- no response from CC yet; in the process of rescheduling with Stanford. (Waiting for others to act on both)

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson

DFA process guide:

https://loft.io/guide/dfa/

3 years ago ·

Stand for Monday, May 11

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
Studio leads are at different levels of experience and may benefit from modular tools.
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Blueprint, impact map, prototype updated, future steps planned, midpoint meeting planned.
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
Yes -- it was: "Do 1 impact map, do as much of the blueprint as possible, edit email prototype and put it on Loft in preparation for client meeting." We completed all of those tasks but didn't get it on Loft for the client meeting.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Meet with clients to solidify next steps. Make part 2 of impact map. Make updates to all prototypes. Begin testing and revision on multiple permutations of email prototype elements.
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
Setting up a mock interview meeting in the next week.
Receiving productive/instructive feedback. -- be more direct/guiding in what feedback we want.
User availability to test prototypes -- will keep in contact with users @ Stanford and start scheduling and completing test sessions.

Spencer Carlson - ALSO -- we really need to make better use of our coach. A specific and measurable goal for next week involves setting up a quick meeting with him to catch up and get feedback.

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson - Also -- divide up: brief, goal revisions, assessment, service blueprint

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson - Brief -- Evan; Goal Revisions -- Spencer; Assessment -- Stephen; Service Blueprint -- Turned in.

3 years ago

Mariel Falk - Sounds like you guys made good progress, and that this STAND format will really help your team stay organized! Perhaps your goals for this week were too extensive, for instance "make updates to all prototypes" which seems like a really big general goal. Breaking that down into specific "To-do's" may help with your teams communication. As for the feedback obstacle- maybe using this STAND question to tell us why these points are obstacles, will give us more direction on how to help you solve those obstacles, and therefore help you get more direct feedback. As for user availability, is there a possibility that you can test the email format here at Northwestern just so its more accessible and easier to communicate quickly? Just some thought- we hope this feeback proves beneficial to you guys. Keep going with the great STANDs!

3 years ago

Spencer Carlson - Thanks, Mariel!

3 years ago

Matt Easterday

Hey team -- you should be able to edit the DFA studio guide now: https://loft.io/guide/dfa-studio-guide/project-scoping/ The relevant section for you is called "project scoping." You'll have to ask Rob or Brandon for help to create new activities.

3 years ago ·

Spencer Carlson

Rob -- is this the location you were thinking about for our email activity?

https://loft.io/guide/dfa-studio-guide/project-scoping/partner-with-a-local-organization/establish-community-partners/

We can also have Professor Easterday create a new activity -- just let us know so we can have it ready for client presentations on Wednesday!

3 years ago ·

Stand for Wednesday, Apr 29

What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
They aren't going to be as interested in emails as they might be in figuring out how to do meetings with clients.
What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
Finished second prototype, got some (limited) testing done.
Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
Yes -- met the goals of completing prototype 2, doing some testing, and doing the assessments challenge.
What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
Do 1 impact map, do as much of the blueprint as possible, edit email prototype and put it on Loft in preparation for client meeting.
What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?
No major obstacles

Spencer Carlson

I'm going to use a post for discussing our critique of prototype 2 as well.

I tried to use the analysis tools directly in the critique, but I think they're buggy. Maybe I just can't figure them out.

Anyways, we want to consider doing these things:
-put the example and checklist right into the text (not linked)
-potentially not use critique? (will want to cover this in person Tuesday 5 pm)
-use critique questions to get at less obvious things: how would you respond if reading this email?; is there anything unclear about it?
-adjust the language throughout to be about looking forward to the meeting -- focus on what's next (provides motivation)
-use Business Insider article for rookie mistakes section
-potentially include deadline setting?

3 years ago ·

Spencer Carlson - -Change name on example email

3 years ago

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