Problem Definition

Step 1: Create a Persona  

Step 2: Create a Mindmap of Problems

Step 3: Identify Problem Areas & Solution Goals 


Step 4: Problem Statements


Step 5: Reflection Statements

As a group, we learned how to create a persona. This was new information for most of us in the group, and we found it enjoyable to create a person generally representative of the type of people our group would be aiming towards helping. The assignment was helpful in bringing clarity as to exactly the constituency that we wanted to examine; while it also made room for us to ask some new and more targeted questions. Our mind-map served as a way to better narrow our choices, and then to take these new choices and brainstorm the tasks that we were going to further discuss. So, it did clear things up in the sense that we have narrowed down our problem areas and goals. It muddled up the clarity, however, in because there are now new problems to think about. The project has been going well for us. we are excited to hone in on a problem and work together to find a solution. We have been enjoying a cooperative group atmosphere and accomplishing tasks as a team. We most recently had to come up with solutions to the various problems that we had for the problem statements. We had a good brainstorming session, where we all came up with good ideas and solutions. The lessons from lecture are helpful in this process. In particular the material about ideation and brainstorming. Another piece of information that was very helpful was the information about empathizing with the consumer. In this case, it is obviously someone with one arm. Our experiences with participant observation lead us to cultivate a better understanding of the struggles that someone with only one arm might go through on a normal day, and doing choice activities. We are enjoying the class and the project, and we are excited to continue to move towards creating a real solution for someone handicapped by the loss of a arm.