Creating Shared Understanding in Product Development Teams
Development projects that span different disciplines and groups often face problems in establishing a shared understanding of the project’s purpose, deliverables, and direction. Creating Shared Understanding in Product Development Teams: How to ‘Build the Beginning’ uses research-based cases from TC Electronic, The Red Cross, Daimler AG, and Copenhagen Living Lab to demonstrate one approach to this problem complex. It shows how prototyping specific physical artifacts can function as drivers and focal points for creating the much needed shared understanding.
Encompassing both the participant’s and the facilitator’s point of view, Creating Shared Understanding in Product Development Teams: How to ‘Build the Beginning’ provides both practical examples and theoretical explanation of the process of creating shared understanding. This book provides a toolbox and a practical guide for planning, executing, and facilitating workshops. The result is a clear outline of how to facilitate the creation of physical artifacts that enables and stimulates communication between team members, users, and stakeholders in order to create shared understanding of projects
Counters the waste of project resources due to ambiguity and lack of real shared understanding in the team by prototyping the project point of departureProvides hands-on tools to involve users and enable the entire team to identify the right user need and scope of the project from the startForms a facilitation guide that not only describes and exemplifies the methods, but also provides readers with input and inspiration to plan, instruct and facilitate workshops