The Envisioning Use workshop

A workshop that enables members of a product development team to share and become aware of knowledge they have and do not have about product use
A workshop that enables members of a product development team to share and become aware of knowledge they have and do not have about product use

The Envisioning Use workshop is a technique I developed together with Stella Boess from Delft University of Technology and Christelle Harkema. It is a team technique which helps teams create a common vision on product use in an early development phase. The technique was developed based on our findings in design practice with regard to how designers implement usability in their design process. the results from these studies showed that, besides working with information from user tests and other usability techniques, designers and product developers often make use of user information that does not come directly from end-users. They use knowledge about product use from previous project or their own personal experiences. They then apply this knowledge as a frame of reference in informal techniques such as testing with colleagues, family or themselves. With this informal testing the designer is closer to the testing process. However, their knowledge often remains implicit and is not shared with team members. Based on these finding, we developed the Envisioning Use technique that enables members of a product development team to share and become aware of knowledge they have and do not have about product use. You can download a manual of the workshop here. In the below video my colleague Stella explains the workshop in 3 minutes:

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