After a visioning session that we conducted during our spring final presentation, we moved on to summer of 2016 to begin our development process. Through discussion with MARi, we identified two prominent findings, which are awareness and motivation. These two aspects are the primary focus of our product, but we tried to create a product which can encompass other findings as well, such as reflection, personalization, and scaffolding.
Instead of creating a standalone product, we developed features to integrate with MARi's existing application. Our two main products are Peptalk and Job View. Peptalk prompts students to write reflections at multiple points in their process of setting and working on goals and delivers peptalks written by others to encourage them in their work. Job View provide a non-traditional, social media-like way to see the wide variety of activities that students may encounter in a certain profession.
Our process followed agile methodology to encourage frequent iteration and user feedback. The summer was divided into 4 phases of 2 weeks each, with each week considered as a sprint. We corresponded with MARi weekly after every sprint to ensure we were on the same path and to verify our next steps, based on both user testing and client requests.
During the first sprint, there was much time spent in synthesizing information from the visioning session from our spring presentation and modeling the resulting themes through user flows as some features having several options to choose from. Through discussions with MARi, the user flows were narrowed down. The remaining 3 sprints took the designs from low to mid to high fidelity and were presented as a continuous iterative design process. Finally, we present our recommendations for how to move forward with our features.
For a more detailed information about our product design and iteration process, take a look at our development section.