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Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Familarity with the first four courses: Agile Meets Design Thinking, Running Product Design Sprints, Managing an Agile Team, Testing with Agile.

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 4-5 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    How to create, refine and test qualitative research with personas

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    How to conduct customer/user interviews and analyze the results

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    How to determine a 'happy path' to quickly test user stories

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    How to run motivation and usability testing and evaluate the results

Skills you will gain

Product DevelopmentPersona (User Experience)Agile ManagementAgile Software DevelopmentDesign Thinking
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Familarity with the first four courses: Agile Meets Design Thinking, Running Product Design Sprints, Managing an Agile Team, Testing with Agile.

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 4-5 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Your Project

Welcome to this project-centered course. By completing the four prerequisite courses, you are now ready to bring together all that you have learned and apply it to develop a product from charter to user testing. To get started, read the course overview and introduce yourself to your classmates. Next, watch the "Welcome and Getting Started" video lecture and then get to work developing your positioning statement. We've included some optional review videos to guide you through the process. Post in the discussion forums your Positioning Statement--then take some time to read through your peers' posts and give feedback. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 35 min), 3 readings
Video6 videos
The 20-Minute Strategy Brief5m
IT Strategy Brief: Value Definition4m
IT Strategy Brief: The Customer Journey7m
IT Strategy Brief: Key Activities10m
The Venture Design Framework3m
Reading3 readings
Course and Project Overview20m
Giving Feedback10m
Milestone 1: Create your position statement30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Develop Personas and Problem Scenarios

Welcome to Week 2. This week you'll work on getting a baseline on your personas and discovery plan. Submit this by the end of the week to get (and give) feedback to help improve your final product. If you want to accelerate your learning, go ahead and get started on user interviews and set up a few Google AdWords....
Reading
7 videos (Total 42 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Focusing Your Persona: Think, See, Feel, Do7m
Designing User Stories: Problem Scenarios6m
Demo: Creating an Interview Guide Personas7m
Demo: Creating an Interview Guide Problem Scenarios4m
Overview: Problem Scenario Sprint5m
Using "Day in the Life" to Drive Empathy4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Complete Persona Discovery

Welcome to Week 3. This week, you'll continue working on persona development by interviewing at least three people. As you process the transcripts, look for key learnings and share these in the discussion forum, noting how these interviews impact your direction and point of view. If you want to accelerate your learning, interview at least three more learners and complete a "Day in the Life"....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
Getting People to Interview7m
Talking with Users4m
Skit: Interviewing Trent the Technician5m
Overview Problem Scenario Sprint5m
Reading1 reading
Milestone 3: Persona Discovery10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Design and Test Your Value Proposition

Welcome to Week 4! This week, you're ready work on Milestone 4: Design experiments to test your value proposition. This is an intensive--and exciting--week as you'll get to actually run your tests. Spending around 5 hours probably means just testing your experiment design once. That's fine--that's a great accomplishment! After that, you'll have a solid idea of how to proceed and generally how to test motivation. You'll post your experiment design for peer review and then let the group know how it went in the discussions....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Demo: Drafting Problem Scenarios, Alternatives, and Value Propositions3m
Learning What's Valuable6m
Recommendations by Type of Project5m
Preparing for Motivation Sprints5m
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By RBDec 7th 2017

Great project-centered course. Very demanding, but worth every drop of sweat.

Instructor

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Alex Cowan

Faculty & Batten Fellow
Darden School of Business

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