Managing Expectations

Dissecting the Design Sprint Event

Pre-Game Part Two: Expectations

“Our thoughts about an event can have a dramatic effect on how we go through the event itself.” –Martha Beck, life coach

Any time a group of people are about to embark on a new goal, there are expectations. As much as motivational quotes talk about having no expectations, they still exist in one form or another. A major part of the initial event planning is expectation management. Stakeholders have in mind what they think AF CyberWorx can do and will do. At the same time, the facilitation team has specific things they hope the stakeholders and participants will do. Sometimes the mystery continues on until the event itself. We hope this blog will work towards solving that mystery by setting realistic expectations.

Discovery Call

Dissecting the Design Sprint Event

Pre-Game Part One: Discovery Call

When AF CyberWorx gets a request to run a design sprint, it’s like kicking an anthill…without all the biting that follows. There’s a series of meetings scheduled, logistics starts plans to make everything run smoothly, and team members are selected. One of the most important pieces to this initial organized scramble is the discovery call.

#radAF

#radAF

AF CyberWorx has released the #radAF tag to show its focus on accelerating human-centered solutions which best resolve Air Force problems. When warfighters have problems fulfilling their duty, the Air Force mission is in trouble. To mitigate this, AF CyberWorx puts the warfighter first as the ultimate user of each solution to Air Force problems. RAD reflects how to best meet and exceed the needs of the user:

Resolve – Each problem can be stated in terms of the basic needs of the user. The user needs must be resolved.

Accelerate – Once the right problem is identified, a rapid solution is needed. AF CyberWorx accelerates the process to a rapid solution concept.

Deliver – Developing the concept is only one piece of the puzzle. Potential challenges and necessary policy and procedure changes are identified to outline a path to solution delivery.

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Usability Tests

AF CyberWorx is focusing on Human-Centered Design for the month of October. It's the secret ingredient of all that we undertake and can be an extremely valuable addition to most processes. Please follow us on social media to gain more insight into the value of Human-Centered Design and enjoy this week's blog post by our lead UX/UI designer, Mr. Larry Marine!

The Secret to a Successful Usability Test

Among the more popular forms of user research, usability testing is often conducted to gain insight into the users’ perceptions of a design. Like any other tool, usability testing yields the best results when performed correctly. An incorrectly performed usability test can lead you down the wrong path.

About Those TPS Reports

Photo: Shot from Office Space

AF CyberWorx is focusing on Human-Centered Design for the month of October. It's the secret ingredient of all that we undertake and can be an extremely valuable addition to most processes. Please follow us on social media to gain more insight into the value of Human-Centered Design and enjoy this week's blog post by our lead UX/UI designer, Mr. Larry Marine!

About Those TPS Reports!

Anyone familiar with the cult classic Office Space will immediately recognize the TPS report. In the movie, the TPS report represented a comedic nod to the ubiquitous report generator common to pretty much every office software system. But while they are common, report generators are one of the most poorly designed tools in the UX domain.

Knowledge Design

AF CyberWorx is focusing on Human-Centered Design for the month of October. It's the secret ingredient of all that we undertake and can be an extremely valuable addition to most processes. Please follow us on social media to gain more insight into the value of Human-Centered Design and enjoy this week's blog post by our lead UX/UI designer, Mr. Larry Marine!

AF CyberWorx Knowledge Design

A recurring sprinkler control problem for large spaces (parks, ball fields, etc.) involves adjusting the sprinkler schedule to accommodate special events. A 3-day baseball tournament requires more than just shutting off the water for 3 days. Watering at night makes the field soft and susceptible to damage, so that’s not an option, either.

Air Force CyberWorx Director Engages Colorado Springs Defense Community at AFCEA Luncheon

Air Force CyberWorx Director Engages Colorado Springs Defense Community at AFCEA Luncheon 

Chiaramonte AFCEA LuncheonLieutenant Colonel Michael Chiaramonte, Director of AF CyberWorx, had the honor of being the guest speaker at the monthly Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Rocky Mountain Chapter luncheon, held May 16 at the Peterson Air Force Base Club.

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Recent USAFA and AF CyberWorx Graduate Flourishes in New Position

Recent USAFA and AF CyberWorx Graduate Flourishes in New Position 

 

AF CyberWorx Post Graduate Update Series AF CyberWorx reached out to former cadets who worked with the innovation organization on campus before graduating. We caught up with two alumnae and found out what they are doing now, how their experience in AF CyberWorx influenced them, and what today’s cadets can do to better prepare for a successful future. Read our first alumna feature today.

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