In this weeks class, we discussed our solution for the previous activity. The activity was to find a solution to the problem specified. The problem was “A solution to address the following problem: Afan of a popular TV series (e.g. Game of Thrones) is unable to watch the latest episode for at least 5 days and wants to ensure that they do not accidentally see spoilers (e.g. on Facebook or YouTube, etc.) until the moment they get to watch the episode, but they still want to be able to use their devices and social media, etc.”
The proposed solution in the previous class was to develop an Android/IOS application in order to block the spoiler content from the social media websites.
As the idea was ready, we wanted feedback on this in order to improve and make it much more user-friendly and problem-solving. For this, we interacted with different groups in the class, explaining them the idea and learning their interest in this app.
We prepared a list of questions in order to get the best possible feedback to make any appropriate changes to the application. This list included questions like,
- Did you ever face the problem addressed above?
- Do you have any solutions to it?
- How do you find our solution?
- Is there anything else that as a user you think can be added?
- Are you willing to pay for this service?
- If yes how much are you willing to pay per month?
After an interaction with the groups, we were able to understand the positives, negatives, unknown areas and new ideas to implement in the developed application. These discussions enabled us to get a broader perspective of being empathetic in building an app for the users. By doing so we were able to feel what parts of the app needed to be improved as per the user demand. Though the sample was a small one to begin a research with, we were able to narrow down our idea and move further to beta testing phase.
The opinion of someone who is not in the team does matter a lot. The feedback can be mostly unbiased and can pave a different path for the designer. Though the ideas that were given were not completely reliable. We, in the end, were able to construct some better ideas to complete the app.
In this blog, I thank my fellow students for giving me an honest and constructive feedback to work on and I also thank Dr Reyaz Jaffry Ahmed for mentioning a very critical point to us about how the revenue is going to be generated, what and who are the angel investors for the project.
We have planned up a daily meet for finishing the launch readiness plan and making a presentation for the developed app. We are going to meet digitally via team viewer and work towards the development. Meeting digitally will decrease the time that is lost in travel.