Is there anything else that needs to be done before applying the solution?

There’s one last test. It’s important to see how people use your solution – or at least, see what they think of it. Remember, part of the well-defined problem is Who. The people that will be using it. If it’s not right for them, it’s not right at all.

Throughout this course, we’ve talked about planning a birthday party. The problem was defined, specifying exactly what the problem meant. This led to researching possible options for the party, which led to brainstorming ideas. Developing the solution meant putting together a detailed itinerary.

Experimenting, in this case, means showing this itinerary to the other party-goers and analysing their reactions. Do they agree that this is the best plan? Do they have any objections? Maybe one of them gets carsick and doesn’t want to drive that far.

The previous step focused on how the solution works in the real world. This step focuses on how it works with the people.

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Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Defining the problem
Module 3: Researching the data
Module 4: Imagining possibilities
Module 5: Designing the solution
Module 6: Experimenting
Module 7: Case study: This Course
Module 8: Where to from here?

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