The Big Question in Design: Understanding a Problem

How well do you really understand the problem you are trying to solve?

Description and resources for Design: Understanding a Problem

You must understand the problem you are trying to solve. It sounds kind of simple, but often times programmers jump into solving something they don't understand. What do you think happens if you try to fix a problem you don't understand?

You must understand the problem you are trying to solve really well. You must understand every little part of the problem, including researching similar problems, and how they were solved. You must understand every single word of the problem. Only then can you create a good plan.

When we want to really understand something:

  1. We can explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a client/ target audience
  2. We can construct a detailed research plan, which identifies and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem independently
  3. We can analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem in detail
  4. We can develop a detailed design brief, which summarizes the analysis of relevant research

 

Transfer goals

Anytime you encounter a problem you should be able to think deeply about the problem. The idea here is to connect clearly understanding a problem to better solving the problem. There is a direct link between understanding a problem well and solving the problem. 

Daily notes with the topic Design: Understanding a Problem

Notes for current academic year (2021 - 2022).

Date Course Tags
Thursday 4 November 2021 Solving Complex Problems Through Programming grade_10 section_a
Friday 5 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Monday 8 November 2021 Solving Complex Problems Through Programming grade_10 section_b
Monday 8 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Tuesday 9 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Wednesday 10 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Monday 15 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Wednesday 17 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Thursday 18 November 2021 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Monday 21 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Tuesday 22 March 2022 Solving Complex Problems Through Programming grade_10 clinic
Tuesday 22 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Wednesday 23 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Thursday 24 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9
Thursday 24 March 2022 Solving Complex Problems Through Programming grade_10
Friday 25 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9 careers
Monday 28 March 2022 Designing Solutions Through Programming grade_9