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Carlye Lauff

We have finished creating our video documenting the design process! Here is a link to the google drive where it is: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8AX8l4RR2tCLVpac0lOZ0pYeUk. We had some difficulties converting the video from Windows Movie Maker, so we recorded the screen using MediaCore Capture and then also filmed it from an iPad to ensure that you saw that we finished it. We are working out figuring out the bugs to why it won't convert to an up-loadable video file still...we will keep you posted on our progress. Thanks!

2 years ago ·

Carlye Lauff - Fixed the corrupted video file!!! Here is the final video (name: DFA CU Boulder Final) in a more appropriate file type (.mp4) on the google drive now: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8AX8l4RR2tCLVpac0lOZ0pYeUk

2 years ago

Allison Chen - Congratulations to everyone on a great video! You did a wonderful job showing your process with all the team members, community partner, and users. We will follow up about the final round of the application process shortly!

2 years ago

Stand for Friday, Mar 25

What’s your sprint goal for this week?
Hey Allison -- I hope you saw my additional notes on the last stand below. We had a bad winter storm hit Colorado and all of our plans were messed up! This week we have a new time scheduled for the feedback on Tuesday from 1-3 PM. We also are finalizing the video we will be submitting on our process thus far.
Are you on track to achieving your sprint goal?
Yes
What specific progress have you made toward the goal since last stand?
Since last week's plans were messed up due to weather (and it being spring break), we had to change up what we accomplished. We did finalize the prototypes and a testing plan. We started to collect all the video and pictures for the final video. We also received a shipment of tape and started on the taping mechanism design.
What will you achieve between now and the next stand?
A lot will happen this week.. finally do the testing and synthesize the feedback. We will begin to redesign the device for Shalom based on this feedback, and likely present a full design for moving forward. We will also finish the video for DFA on our process and approach. Even though this video is due next week, we will continue to work on this project for the remainder of the semester (and summer if necessary).
What obstacles are in the way of achieving your sprint goal? Who do you need to talk to or what will you do to overcome these obstacles?
The biggest obstacle is time. And clearly also weather... This week will be challenging to finish everything. However, I am confident that the team will come together and work hard to finish one full loop of the design process and finish the video for DFA!

Allison Chen - Hey Carlye, I saw your additional notes, thank you for letting us know. I'm sorry your feedback session got pushed back because of the storm but it sounds like you've rearranged your schedule and have things under control. Great work!

It's great that you already have plans for the project after the video. To tell you more about the final round of the application, your leadership team will have a video call with DFA National where you will discuss next steps for wrapping up and/or continuing your project (amongst other leadership-related things). So looking ahead, we will be interested in hearing how you plan to continue the project and more about the "full design" you will present based on the user feedback.

We encourage all DFA teams to implement their project or give a working prototype to a community partner to make some type of measurable social impact. Based on your updates it sounds like you're on your way to give a working prototype to Shalom. Consider how you can support this transition by making sure they understand the purpose and usage of the prototype, as well as thinking about its use and impact in the long-term (how will it be repaired, what is your continued relationship with the community partner, etc.)

We're so excited! Please let the team know that we're very impressed with your progress and are really looking forward to seeing your video. Good luck this week!

2 years ago

Stand for Sunday, Mar 20

What’s your sprint goal for this week?
This week is spring break so majority of the team won't be around. However, the sprint goal for the week is for the few members that are here to get feedback on the prototypes from SHALOM Denver. We have a two hour meeting/observations scheduled there on Wednesday (3/23).
Are you on track to achieving your sprint goal?
Yes
What specific progress have you made toward the goal since last stand?
In the last week, we put final touches on the two prototypes. Additionally, we created a plan for testing the prototypes. We did this by mapping out the prototypes based on the additional user needs and then attaching questions or key observations to look for while gaining feedback. Some of the main points we are looking for are around the easiest motions for the employees to be able to do. We incorporated various motions (push, pull, pinch, scoop, twist, press...) into the designs are are going to see which work best. We also are looking for aspect like if the size and weight are appropriate, if the steps in the money-bagging process make sense, and if the employees still feel empowered while doing the job (aka that technology isn't replacing them).

We also worked on the taping mechanism. We reverse engineered the tape mechanism we had to learn how it work. Unfortunately, it did not come with special tape that only works with this system, so we ordered some that will be coming in a couple days. We researched other methods similar to taping so that we could expand our view in solving this aspect of the problem.
What will you achieve between now and the next stand?
This week we will gather user feedback and condense this into key points. We will video record the interactions employees have with the prototypes as well as take pictures and field notes during our interviews and observations. After Wednesday, we will then condense the observations and interviews into key areas to keep and improve. This will help jump-start the next meeting with the whole team in order to keep pushing forward with the final design.
What obstacles are in the way of achieving your sprint goal? Who do you need to talk to or what will you do to overcome these obstacles?
The only obstacle this week is that its spring break and not everyone will be around. We will need to do a thorough job of documenting the whole testing/feedback process so that we can get everyone else up to speed next week.

Allison Chen - This is awesome, I am so excited that you are on your way to testing your prototypes!

Your testing plan looks solid, it sounds like you have your bases covered in terms of what questions you have and what you will be looking for. Watching the videos with the rest of your team when they're on spring break will not only help bring them up to speed but get a fresh perspective and additional observations on the testing session.

Looking ahead, the next round of prototypes should consider not only the user feedback but the implementation of the products and how you will hand them off to the community partner. So things such as what materials they're made of, how to produce them and how to scale, and how to train employees at SHALOM will come into play.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the videos of your prototypes and user testing! Good luck with testing tomorrow!

2 years ago

Carlye Lauff - Hi Allison,

Thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately, Denver/Boulder got hit with a pretty bad winter storm last night and both CU campus and SHALOM Denver are closed today. I am currently working with our main contact, Will Garth, to reschedule ASAP. I just thought I'd inform you since things changed very last minute.. I'm hoping we can get in later this week / early next week.

2 years ago

Carlye Lauff - And just as I originally posted this I heard back from Will. He said that tomorrow and Friday likely will not work. We will have to reschedule for Tuesday 3/29 from 1-3 PM. This unfortunately, puts us behind this week. However, I plan to have the team work on the taping/sealing mechanism, solidifying our testing plan even more so to streamline the process Tuesday, and begin the video editing of film we already have.

2 years ago

Stand for Sunday, Mar 13

What’s your sprint goal for this week?
The sprint goal for this week is to put final touches on the two prototypes we built this past week, create questions we want answered from testing, and then test the prototypes with Shalom Denver.
Are you on track to achieving your sprint goal?
Yes
What specific progress have you made toward the goal since last stand?
We have made significant progress since the last stand. We revisiting the concept mapping and solidified the two different prototypes to create in parallel. We held a second two-hour long working meeting this past week to build the prototypes. We filmed this whole process to include in the final video. We acquired the taping machine (but sadly without any tape in it!) and began to tinker with how it works.
What will you achieve between now and the next stand?
Between now and the next stand, we plan to refine the prototypes, create a testing procedure (determine what we want to capture), and then test with employees at Shalom Denver. Additionally, we want to spend a portion of the meeting this week discussing the taping mechanism and brainstorming on ways to improve this aspect.
What obstacles are in the way of achieving your sprint goal? Who do you need to talk to or what will you do to overcome these obstacles?
I think the hardest thing will be to refine our testing questions and find an appropriate time to test with users this week. In order to combat this, I plan to translate the concept mapping to possible ways to obtain prototype feedback, since at the core we need to understand these needs. This can help facilitate the conversations on Tuesday at our meeting. Additionally, I can always test the prototypes early the following week (it is spring break and I will be around) if we just end up running out of time this week.

Allison Chen - Congratulations on building two prototypes and tinkering with the tape machine! It's exciting to hear that you've made a lot of progress.

Great to hear that you're making a testing plan. Since it sounds like a very hands-on process I'd suggest asking them to perform tasks and think aloud as they do it, so that they can voice when they feel confused or successful.

It may also be interesting to get feedback not only from employees but managers and other stakeholders who might have a say in the process.

Finding a good time to test is understandably difficult. Hopefully it's not just you and a few people can go so that you can collectively record notes, video, ask questions, without feeling overwhelmed.

Awesome work, excited to hear more next week!

2 years ago

Stand for Sunday, Mar 6

What’s your sprint goal for this week?
The sprint goal for this week is to build three pretotypes (low-resolution prototypes) that solve problems that occur during the first four phases of the money-bagging process (measure money, open bag, hold bag, and fill bag with money) and then create a plan of action for testing them. The other part of the sprint goal is to purchase a tape tying machine so that we can reverse engineer it and learn about what mechanism(s) enable this device to work. We want to use this to inspire us for brainstorming around ways to solve the fifth and final stage of the process, which is to tape and tie the money bags.
Are you on track to achieving your sprint goal?
Yes
What specific progress have you made toward the goal since last stand?
This past week we have made significant progress in identifying and selecting ideas to move forward into pretotyping for the first four phases of the money bagging process. We created a concept map that identifies all of the pain points / needs of the users (organization of money bagging process, physical limitations: opening bag, packing bag, and tape/twisting bag, entertainment level, and number of bags completed per hour) and then mapped our solutions to which needs they solved. We also created one pretotype from foam core in the team meeting, which showed one method for measuring, opening, and filling a plastic bag with shredded money. The team went to a local hardware store, McGuckins, on Saturday to gain some more inspiration for materials to use in the design. We purchased items like scoopers, sifters, and funnels to use in building prototypes moving forward.
What will you achieve between now and the next stand?
The plan for the next week entails meeting to build the three pretotypes, setting up a plan of action for testing them, reverse-engineering the tape tying machine (currently what they use), and then brainstorming around ways to solve the final stage of the money bagging process.
What obstacles are in the way of achieving your sprint goal? Who do you need to talk to or what will you do to overcome these obstacles?
The biggest issue for achieving this goal will be setting aside enough time for building the pretotypes. We usually meet for 1-1.5 hours each week, but we will likely have to meet another time or for longer to complete them.

Allison Chen - Thanks for the great stand, it's very informative and detailed!

- It's great to hear you are prototyping quickly and exploring multiple solutions simultaneously through parallel prototyping. I recently saw a brief Stanford lecture saying that parallel prototyping helps remove your ego from the design process because rather than investing in the success of one idea, you are developing multiple possibilities. So great job!
- Definitely document the making and finished prototypes through photo and video to share with us (for the video) and your network.
- Thinking ahead, consider how you will test these prototypes with users - will you time them to see if they're more efficient, will you ask questions, will you encourage them to think-aloud while they are going through the process?
- Reverse engineering the tape tying machine will probably yield interesting results as well - I saw in your video that that process required more strength and dexterity, which your users might not necessarily have, so studying the mechanics might show opportunities for improvement.
- As for setting aside enough time to build, definitely schedule a longer meeting for everyone to actively build. Consider getting snacks and have people warm up by playing mockuptionary or creating a prototype in 2 minutes, this will get them moving!

Good luck and have fun! Looking forward to your next stand. :D

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Carlye Lauff

This week we have to move the typical meeting time from Tuesday at 6PM in DLC 191 due to the Colorado Caucus occurring at the same time. Please fill out this doodle poll for your availability for the rest of the week: http://doodle.com/poll/phpn3mprzpg4imh6

2 years ago ·

Stand for Sunday, Feb 28

What’s your sprint goal for this week?
For each member to bring their top 1-3 ideas to the meeting and for us to then vote on our top ideas to being into pretotyping (low-resolution prototyping).
Are you on track to achieving your sprint goal?
Yes
What specific progress have you made toward the goal since last stand?
We reframed the problem and discussed the major pain points. We broke the process down into stages and researched levels of disabilities.
What will you achieve between now and the next stand?
Sketching my top ideas!
What obstacles are in the way of achieving your sprint goal? Who do you need to talk to or what will you do to overcome these obstacles?
This week our typically meeting time got changed due to the primary elections in Colorado on Tuesday so we might have trouble finding another time to meet this week for everyone.

Allison Chen - Nice! Here's my feedback:

- Good idea for people to come with ideas, once you've shared them all I suggest clustering them to identify similar concepts - this will help you build off each other's ideas.
- Love that you're getting visual and sketching the ideas.
- Make sure to make the criteria by which you're voting explicit - you've identified the major pain points, so the ideas you pretotype should be the ones you believe will address those pain points most effectively.

Looking forward to your next stand! I'd love to hear what ideas you vote on.

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