How can we get feedback on the starting scope on our project to ensure we can hit our goals within our timeline?
As you wrap up your scoping process, it’s helpful to get feedback from a mentor to get direction at the beginning of the project. Projects that have not been scoped well often face roadblocks during the term for spending too much time narrowing down on their scope, not having a focused user group, or trying to solve everything! Having a well-scoped project is the very first step to achieving success in your project and involving your mentors in this process will aid you tremendously.
Effective ways to do this include:
Schedule meetings with your mentor like DFA Stanford
Many studios meet with their mentors at the beginning of the term to discuss potential projects. Faculty advisors can help with identifying good challenge topics, suggesting partners and mentors who could help teams, and setting expectations for team and partner interaction through the quarter.
DFA Rice meets with their faculty advisor Dr. Matthew Wettergreen, DFA Yale with advisor Dr. Joe Zinter, DFA Vanderbilt with mentor Dr. David Owens, DFA Stanford with mentor Erin Liman, and many more!
Below is the DFA Stanford leadership team meeting with Erin Liman.
DFA National created process guide one-pagers, or simple sheets outlining the basics of the DFA process steps to reference when needed and to jumpstart team conversation and action. Use the “Identify” One-Pager to check your challenge with a mentor!
See how we took FruitBuddi, a DFA Northwestern project in 2013, through these questions:
In combination with the One-Pager your team should use the DFA scoping wheel. The scoping wheel identifies three common characteristics that all DFA projects must have - DFA projects are Daring, Feasible and Applicable. These characteristics ensure that team challenges align with DFA’s social focus, are ones that teams have the ability to influence, and which, if solved, could have significant impact.
Read more about project scoping here.