I reviewed my problem statements from last week.
Problem Statement 1:
Helena, an older homeowner in the Marcy-Holmes area, needs to walk her dogs in the winter while all of them remain safe and uninjured, because all of them require exercise to maintain balance in their physical and mental health.
Problem Statement 2:
Susan, a 19 yr old freshman at the Univ. of MN from Augusta, ME, needs an exercise companion during the winter months because she misses her dog from home and she feels more secure running at night with a dog at her side.
Feedback had suggested that one (or both) of them was either leading, or too specific. From my review I generated these two HMW statements:
How Might We...
1) How might we enhance winter activities with our dogs?
2) How might we provide additional interaction between our dogs and others in winter?
I invited 4 friends to join me for a brainstorming session on Friday evening. Sadly, Friday afternoon arrived and two cancelled. After multiple communications, we reschedule for Monday afternoon. I also invited another friend to that session, making a total of 5 invitees. All were briefed regarding the topic (Dogs and Winter) and asked to come with a few ideas.
4 p.m... Two people arrived. ☹ They were known creative: my sister, a musician and Candy, long time friend and fabric artist.
I introduced the topic, Dogs in the Winter, and explained the rules and process we would be following.
- Goal: generate as many ideas as possible
- No limitations on ideas
- No criticism or discussion of ideas
- Each idea needed a drawing and a title
- Each idea to be announced to the group and placed on the wall.
- Try to stay on topic
- Use ideas already up as inspiration
For a warm up activity, we collectively wrote parody lyrics to holiday songs using dogs, or our dogs, as the subject. Each of us was to select a song and start a verse. When the initiator became stumped, one of the others had to jump in with a rhyme or segue. We had three rounds, and a lot of fun. "Up on the Rooftop" will never be the same again. (I tried to record it, but was not successful.)
We started on the first HMW statement: How might we enhance winter activities with our dogs?
What followed seemed to me like 20 minutes of refereeing an All Star Wrestling match. We did generate ideas, but I was reintroduced to the issues inherent in managing activity participants with moderate to severe ADHD. Yikes! I spent a lot of time requesting that stories recanting past experiences with dogs be saved for later. We did generate 30 ideas.
The response to the second HMW statement (How might we provide additional interaction between our dogs and others in winter?) was slower. Both of my participants repeated said, "We can use the same ideas we did before." I tried rolestorming (per class) with suggestions that they adopt the role of the dog, an elderly owner, and a working student. Only 14 ideas were generated for this HMW statement.
Our combined IPM for both segments was 0.37.
All ideas (44) were sorted (using the "silent treatment" as in class) into five categories: Activities (that could just be undertaken); Create (places/sites that would require build-out); Exist (products that already exist); Organize (ideas that require organization of multiple participants); Product (ideas that would lead to new, or modified, products on the market). Some ideas could fit in multiple categories, or would require follow-up in a second category.
Using multi-vote, 10 ideas were chosen. In response to enhancing winter with our pets:
1. Progressive Dog Parties
2. Easy-on dog boots
3. Headlight for dog chest
5. Dog treadmill access
In response to providing additional interaction:
1. Dog watermark
3. Lend-Leash program