the rapid contextual design method (RCDM) involves the following steps:
1. Contextual inquiry. Plan for, prepare, and then conduct field interviews to observe and understand the work tasks being performed. Review business practices.
2. Interpretation sessions and work modeling. Hold team discussions to draw conclusions based on the contextual inquiry, including gaining an understanding of the workflow processes in the organization as well as cultural and policy impacts on work performed. Capture key points (affinity notes).
3. Model consolidation and affinity diagram building. Present the data gathered to date from users and the interpretation and work modeling to a larger, targeted population to gain insight and concurrence. Consolidate the work models to illustrate common work patterns and processes and create affinity diagrams (hierarchical representations of the issues to address user needs).
4. Persona development. Develop personas (fictitious characters) to represent the different user types within a targeted demographic that might use a site or product (Cooper, 2004). This aids the team in communicating the needs of the users and bringing those user needs to fruition. Examples of personas, at a high level, are: 1) 22-year-old male with 5 years of video game playing experience, or 2) 70-year-old female using computer only for e-mail and digital photo sharing.
5. Visioning. Review and “walk” the consolidated data, sharing the personas created. The visioning session helps define how the system will streamline and transform the work of the users. Capture key issues and ideas using flipcharts or any media that will facilitate expressing the vision of the revised business processes.
6. Storyboarding. The vision guides the detailed redesign of user tasks using pictures and graphs to describe the initial user-interface concepts, business rules, and automation assumptions. Storyboarding defines and illustrates the “to be built” assumptions.
7. User environment design. The single, coherent representation of the users and the work to be performed is expressed in the user environment design (UED). The UED is built from the storyboards.
8. Interviews and evaluations with paper prototypes and mock-ups. Conduct interviews and tests with actual users, beginning with paper prototypes and then moving on to higher-fidelity prototypes. Capturing the results of the interviews aids in ensuring that the systems will meet end-user requirements.
Select any 3 of the above steps of the Rapid Contextual Design Method (RCDM) and describe how each step would be carried out for the SPECIFIC HCI Project Deliverable that you are developing for this course. Be Specific. Do not re-define the step, but EXPLAIN what you would do in order to carry out that specific step for YOUR HCI Project for this course.
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