How can we create a project timeline that builds towards testing and implementation?
Mapping out a timeline will help your project team set tangible goals each week and to conduct quality research, prototype solutions, and test with users. Create something at the beginning will put you in great position to make an impact and help you stay accountable to your goals!
Effective ways to do this:
DFA RISD|Brown held a studio retreat in Fall 2013. At this retreat, the entire studio got together to introduce the members to each other and build a community. Not only that, the teams created their team charters and project timelines with the help of the studio leads. The retreat was sponsored by Founders League which offers community, space, and programming to Rohde Island's startup community.
When engaging with potential community partners, it’s important to set expectations and show examples. Below is a sample timeline used by DFA National to give partners some sense of how the project teams will conduct the design process. The timeline below is fast-paced and mostly facilitated by mentors, which may vary across the studios. Download the sample project timeline here.