Conclusions / Lessons Learned

We ran out of time to do a full third round of testing. I ran a few usability tests, and the feedback was mostly positive.

Skipping the prototyping step almost doomed this project. I spent so much time fleshing out every feature and interaction before ever showing it to a real user. As a result, it became difficult to make changes later on.

In my childhood, I loved creating origami. I remembered that if you skip any step along the way, your final model will not come out right. You’ll have to trash it and start all over.

The beautify of paper. Origami mobile I made for mom’s 50th birthday. Many of the first attempts at making origami fish were trashed before I perfected the process.

Some advantages of paper :

  • Most people don’t get it 100% the first time through. So don’t perfect something you’ll probably throw away later.
  • Users feel more comfortable giving brutally honest feedback if it’s just paper.
  • Using paper, pencil and scissors makes it accessible for all team members to get involved in the prototyping process.

Despite everything, this was an opportunity to get involved with digital prototypes. And now I can call myself an expert at it. And as for that contest?

Our team’s presentation + my killer prototype = Contest Winners!

Video of me presenting the app to stakeholders and prototype walkthrough

I now have a new favorite quote. Also from a football guy:

“Trust the process.”

– Doug Pederson — Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles, 2016.

Pederson said this in 2016 when the Eagles would finish the season with 7 wins, 9 losses, and miss the playoffs. The following year they would beat Tom Brady in the Superbowl and win their first championship.

I now see every problem I need to solve from this mantra.

“Trust the process.”

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