Brainstorming With Some Sillies!
Assignment 3 helped me create two problem statements with which to guide assignment 4. They are:
1. Taylor needs a quicker way to get from riding the lift to powder-ready because he spends a lot of time strapping back in after each lift ride.
2. Isobel needs a helmet that is conscious of her music needs while looking good because at present, she has created a temporary (and not always satisfactory) solution.
Changing these into "how might we" statements =
1. How might we create a way to keep a snowboard on feet that allows easy on and off between rides?
2. How might we protect a snowboarder from head injury while making music access possible?
I conducted a brainstorming session with some friends from the Architecture program in the College of Design a few days ago. Now I know that Architecture is rumored to be one of the most strenuous and trying programs at most colleges, resulting in little sleep and some crazy studio nights. Let me assure you, this also creates one of the most hilarious brainstorming environments I've witnessed yet!
Pictured from left to right, Jessica White, Dennis MacAvaney, and Aicha Boujnikh. Not pictured from this session, Jake Brzezicki and Lane Madich
Before the session, I asked each of the participants to brainstorm a few ideas for each statement to get them thinking about the objective of the brainstorming session. They brought these and we added them to the center of the table after everyone presented them.
Next, we played my new brainstorming game! The purpose of the game is to get your brain going with associations and building off of others' ideas. The structure of the game is one person starts with the first word that comes to mind and the next person has to say the first word that comes to mind based on the previous word. The game has 2 minutes per session and the team has to generate as many associations as possible. This became quite funny as well...
Then the group used the silent sort method after pinning up each "how might we" category on wall. The three categories created with the first statement were, "boot innovations", "snowboard innovations", and "ideas that carry the concept of snowboarding with a different method". The three categories for the second statement were "helmets with smart technology" "non-conventional head protection", and "customized head protection". I chose to have each participant use a black marker to mark their favorite ideas with a circle. The purpose of having them use the same color was because they're all friends and I didn't want them voting on a particular idea just because a certain friend had voted. The IPM for the first category was .6 and .8 for the second category.
Thanks for reading!