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How Might We & Problem Statements : Design Sprints NZ Meetup

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

TL;DR: How to use How Might We, and Problem Statements to Define and Focus on the core issue.

The “How Might We”, or HMW method is an essential Design Sprint methodology. We use it to capture opportunities during the Discover/Understand/Empathy phase. This method allows your team to take the insights and pain points they hear and positively reframe them. HMWs create an effective framework for resolving the challenges. It’s important that your team know how the HMW process works before a session begins. Make sure they understand that they are looking for opportunities rather than solutions. We use each word of the HMW phrase puts team members in the right mindset:

1) “How” guides team members to believe the answer is out there;
2) “Might” lets team members know their HMW statement might or might not work, and either possibility is okay;
3)“We” reminds team members that a sprint is about teamwork and building on each other’s ideas.

Problem Statement
We use a problem statement to identify the job-to-be-done that the sprint is trying to solve as early in the process as possible. Identifying the problem will help to determine if there is a problem if that problem is solvable, and how to solve that problem. This step will be the first step to answering this question: What is this product/service/app and is it useful?

1) What are all the jobs-to-be-done?
2) What is the problem that this product/service/app is going to solve?
3) What is the motivation behind what the user wants?
4) What does it help the user accomplish?

This is another hands-on meetup where we will be focusing on a specific theme and diving deep into creating proper How Might We and Problem Statement for that topic.

5.30pm – Arrival, networking and light refreshments
6.00pm – Meetup starts


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