For the next 5 weeks, each Wolf Pack will pick a problem to solve and then learn relevant skills to build a prototype. Wolf Pack’s activities are modelled after the Google Design Sprint Process. Read on to find out more!
About Google Design Sprint
The Google Design Sprint process was created by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz from Google Ventures in 2011. It’s a 5-day process (below) for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers.
Instead of going through the entire cycle of Idea – Build – Launch – Learn, the Sprint Process aims to keep the learning cycle lean with just two steps, Idea – Learn.
Design sprints are being used in almost all industries. Google Ventures has run sprints with companies like Nest, Flatiron Health & Medium. Find out more about the Sprint process here.
Adapting the Sprint Process to Wolf Pack
The Sprint Process spends 3 days on ideating, 1 day on building the prototype. As students, we will focus more on learning & prototyping rather than ideating.
Ideation Session – 5th Feb 2018
Wolf Pack had our first meeting on 5th Feb 2018. Spent the evening interacting with each other, brainstorming ideas and munching on Pizzas!
Practical Problems the Cubs want to solve
Here are some of the creative ideas that the Cubs are working on for the next 5 weeks 😀
1. Predicting NUS Internal Shuttle Bus (ISB) Traffic Demand in the mornings by scraping and analysing the Timetables of NUS students.
2. How Happy are NUS Students? Analyzing how happy NUS students by doing Sentiment Analysis on the NUSWhispers posts over the semester.
3. Optimizing Module Mapping for SEP. Turning a 170 page SEP Module Mapping Word Document into an Interactive Interface which outputs the best university for a given set of module choices.
4. GEM / UE Recommendation Engine. Recommending General Education and Elective modules to NUS Students based on User Ratings and Keyword Matching.
The problems you work on need not be commercial or revolutionary. The purpose is to learn tools that are relevant to solving the problem. If you can’t find a problem to solve, you can always replicate existing projects done by others!
Also, do streamline your idea so that you can complete a prototype in 5 weeks. The Internal Shuttle Bus Pack is only working with timetables of Business School students and predicting traffic in the mornings.
With the problem picked, the Packs will now start learning tools that they need to solve the problem. Till we meet next week!
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