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

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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.