Set a date for them to send a follow up on their progress again!Working towards social impact is what DFA is all about. Keeping track of a team’s progress and timeline as a studio helps everyone have a shared understanding of team’s goals and support each other to reach those goals and overcome roadblocks. It will also help connect teams to the right mentors and partners in the community to help create impact.
Output: Teams know the team goal they are striving for, which steps of the process they are at, and know next steps to overcome roadblocks.
In Spring 2016, DFA WashU assigned mentors to each team to check-in with the team and follow the progress of the team to provide support if needed. These check-ins happen at their weekly studio meeting where the leads give a quick overview of the step of the design process the teams are tackling and have a work session for the majority of the time. The mentor system helped the studio keep track of team progress and help teams overcome roadblocks.
In the previous semesters, the studio held pin-ups every 3 weeks where teams presented their work to the entire studio and received feedback. The crits are low-key, teams only need to send a few representatives to share their work, and anyone can attend to give advice and learn more about being in DFA. The pin-ups helped everyone in the studio understand each other’s project well, developed studio member’s ability to give and take feedback, and allowed teams to develop deliverables to improve team documentation.
Download copies of the Design Process 1-pagers to explain the goals of each step of the design process to team leads and members. Each step of the process comes with an overview of its purpose, key questions for teams to answer, suggested activities to complete and a DFA project example.