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Week 5- Idea generation

This week the focus was idea generation. We put pressure on the students to produce ideas fast, focusing on quality not quantity. This week there was a focus on integrating location based technologies into the possible solutions. These situations took one of the team’s contexts, personas a location based technology (for example GPS, iBeacons, or Bluetooth) and a wellness factor (intellectual, physical or spiritual wellness). Wellness has been identified as being particularly important for the North Wales tourist offering, therefore the teams solutions will have to have an aspect of wellness. The scenarios had to be generated random to encourage the teams to think outside of their comfort zones. After taking time to make sure the teams understood the many dimensions of wellness, and what these might mean practically the task got started.

The main problem for the team this week was sticking the constraints of each example. They came up with some very innovative ideas, however often these only met three of the constraints. Having gone from focusing on broad ideas to suddenly having rigid criteria to meet was a shock, especially for this team as they have already been considering product ideas quite a lot already. As one member of the team was absent the team didn’t get the full number of ideas the task aimed for, however they still worked through their ideas at a fast rate. The team were also very instant that they didn’t want to come up with bad ideas, which did impact their confidence when discussing them with the rest of the team, however after some reassurance that it was all about quantity, and quality checks would come later, they began to come up with some far- out ideas about how the meet wellness challenges with technologies.

I can say that as the post graduates had a go at generating our own ideas for products before the teams started I am proud of the team for embracing the challenge, despite initial hesitation.

The team were also given an introduction to estimation, which will be a vital skill for the rest of the project (especially the final presentation) and in their future degrees and job interviews.

Week 2 – Adventure Maps with KLLR

Tonight started off with presentations from Zip World and Rib Ride, giving us more information on how their businesses have grown, how they can work together, and what they are planning for the future. It was really interesting to see how the different companies developed, and to hear about the parallels between two quite different ventures.

After the break I joined team KLLR (a working title, proper team name to follow), who unfortunately had one member missing.

The team were tasked with drawing out a map of North Wales, covering the area from Menai Bridge to Bethesda, to encompass elements of both Rib Ride and Zip World. To put together their ideas the group instead developed a mind map, jotting down different places of interest and attractions in the area. From a critical friend perspective I think something that might need work is simply getting more into the specifics of the task. The team mentioned different lakes in the area by name but only wrote “lakes” on the mind map. Different lakes in the area offer different opportunities – are you talking about a lake by a mountain? Does it have parking? What facilities are nearby? These sort of things need to be taken into consideration.

The teams were then asked to pinpoint ten key areas of interest and apply to them stickers from sheets they’d been given, and to develop a key so that others could understand the map.

A team member mentioned that this felt like it would give them “tunnel vision” as the area had so much to offer and that narrowing the map down to 10 things would simplify it too much. However, it’s important to consider that this is just one task in the project. You need to decide what the most important or relevant features are, to then understand what is most successful and to find areas that need development.

The team began to plot a more traditional map, and started to narrow down what the most significant attractors/attractions were. From this, they are going to meet as a group and develop their digital map, considering what other elements might need to be added, to complement and improve on the existing features.

Going forward I think it will be critical for the team to focus on the task at hand without getting distracted by the bigger project. Yes, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind, but don’t get bogged down by the big details so that you aren’t able to fine tune the specifics. When you work on your final proposal you need to be able to justify your idea to prove it’s worth, and working on your tasks each week will help you build up to that.

Also, work on that team name…