Collective Play: Lo-fi Graph Building

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This week I user-tested using nominal group technique to build graphs.

Idea: Mapping using Nominal Group Technique

Nominal group technique is an ideation methodology I’ve been using for several years. The basics are:

  1. Participants silently ideate
  2. Moderator deduplicates ideas
  3. Everyone votes on ideas

I was targeting the following concepts in my implementation:

  • accessibility and inclusion
  • collaborative ideation
  • emergent knowledge
  • conflict avoidance

Workshop

Silent idea generation

Silent idea generation

Dot voting on connections

Dot voting on connections

Identifying connections with lines

Identifying connections with lines

Visualization of voting results

Visualization of voting results

Post Mortem

  • The idea worked well with describing communities, but didn’t translate as well with generating design solutions
  • Seems to only work well when participants have a lot of shared knowledge about the topics
  • I had difficulty coming up with prompts / questions to answer
  • Participants enjoyed using the pair-wise matrix more than drawing lines
  • Participants really enjoyed the graph visualization, were surprised by the results, and wanted to continue discussing the results

Next steps

I need a better method of generating the prompt for a group or build out use case scenarios.

I’m also considering the option to limit the number of votes.