Day 73 — Storyboarding
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I made 1 simple change from yesterday to today: I avoided social media. Lately I’ve been distracting myself way too much with LinkedIn, Instagram and a bunch of other pointless news sites that aren’t getting us to our goals. Time will tell, but today I felt way more focused and energized.
- Google Ventures Sprint: Wednesday
- Additional Help Videos for today’s activities(AJ&Smart): this video and this video
- Interview Guide Support: this, this, and this.
SKIPPED — 10 a.m.
❏ Sticky decision. Follow these five steps to choose the strongest solutions
❏ Divide winners from “maybe-laters.” Move the sketches with supervotes together. (p. 141)
❏ Rumble or all-in-one. Decide if the winners can fit into one prototype, or if conflicting ideas require two or three competing prototypes in a Rumble. (p. 145)
❏ Fake brand names. If you’re doing a Rumble, use a Note-and-Vote to choose fake brand names. (p. 145)
❏ Note-and-Vote. Use this technique whenever you need to quickly gather ideas from the group and narrow down to a decision. Ask people to write ideas individually, then list them on a whiteboard, vote, and let the Decider pick the winner. (p. 146)
- Note: I skipped all these steps. Some things are just faster flying solo. Definitely a must-do if you’re in a group for building consensus.
❏ Make a storyboard. Use a storyboard to plan your prototype. (p. 149)
- Draw a grid. About fifteen squares on a whiteboard. (p. 152)
- Choose an opening scene. Think of how customers normally encounter your product or service. Keep your opening scene simple: web search, magazine article, store shelf, etc. (p. 153)
- Fill out the storyboard. Move existing sketches to the storyboard when you can. Draw when you can’t, but don’t write together. Include just enough detail to help the team prototype on Thursday. When in doubt, take risks. The finished story should be five to fifteen steps. (p. 154)
- The goal of the storyboard is to answer all the open questions I’ll need to build tomorrow’s prototype (think today’s storyboard is the design; tomorrow is the implementation).
- When I’ve done storyboarding before, it’s always felt really clunky. Well, thanks to this video, that changed. Rather than starting with 15 blank squares, I started with 6 steps and outlined the key activities users will do (see blue sticky notes in the picture below).
- The other tip that was really useful was to “avoid bringing in new ideas.” While designing the storyboard, I kept wanting to overload the idea with new ideas, but instead I stayed focused.
- The rest of the storyboarding went pretty smooth — there’s just something so valuable to getting something down and iterating as you go.
- Here’s the result:
❏ Write interview script. The Interviewer prepares for Friday’s test by writing a script. (p. 188)
- The 2nd main deliverable I created today was the interview script. I relied on old scripts and the script from the Google Ventures site.
- Here’s the result (if you want access request it here.)
Tomorrow: Build the Prototype!
Tomorrow’s kind of my favorite part. I’ll be working in Figma to build a testable prototype for Friday and Saturday’s testing activities. I have 5 users lined up to test it out.