What are “How Might We” Statements? Definitions – Optimistic, human-centered, generative statements that are used to brainstorm Tools we use to generate possible solutions to our user’s need Criteria – Not too broad (ex. How might we save the world?) Not too narrow (ex. How might we wake up using an alarm clock?) HMW’s should take you in many different directions
What are “How Might We” Statements? As Metaphor HMW’s are like coral reefs because they start as small nuggets and expand to large things Rabbits Rumors Fireworks Dandelions Powerball Acorns
HMW Statements in Practice POV: “Studious socially awkward student needs structured opportunities to socialize because he is often made fun of and wants to make friends” HMW Statements: How might we diversify afterschool programs to attract more students? How might we ensure that afterschool programs focus on social interaction? How might we better connect socially awkward students to other kids?
Critical Attributes to Creating Good HMW Statements? Where did you struggle in creating a HMW? Basing the statement on my feelings/perspective Generalizing for a group and not the person, loses focus A weak POV can lead to a weak HMW Feature creep What did you or your partner do or say that made it easier to create a HMW? Breaking the POV into pieces and focusing on one section at a time Trying for a simple HMW Hearing multiple HMWs that cover a lot of bases gave me different possibilities that I could use as models
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