Discovery Workshop Best Practices - How to align project teams with clients and stakeholders

Jul 10, 2015 · Atlanta, United States of America
What is a Discovery Workshop?
A Discovery Workshop is an in-person, hands-on, facilitated workshop which is used to understand client/stakeholder design problems. Discovery workshops aren’t about designing screens or coming up with a final solution. Rather, they’re an efficient way for a project team to gain a shared understanding, explore ideas and develop a design direction before starting a new project.
What is this workshop?
From startups just getting off the ground to established businesses looking to expand features or product lines, we'll show you how to start your project right. In this workshop, we will share practical tips for getting the most out of the time you spend with clients or stakeholders during the discovery (initial) phase of a project; tips will cover the spectrum from making a workshop plan to connecting with your attendees during the workshop and following up afterwards. You’ll get a copy of our own battle-tested workshop playbook to take home.
 
Join us on Friday, July 10 for this workshop led by Matt Wallens of UX Atlanta and Garren DiPasquale of Aduro. After the workshop, stick around and we'll grab drinks together in Atlantic Station to continue the conversation.

Happy Hour will be sponsored by our friends at ettain group (free drinks!).

The user experience is every project team member's responsibility. You don't have to be a UX designer to attend! 
 
Who Is This For?

Designers
Developers
Project Managers
Product Managers
You, because you want to improve the projects you work on


What You'll Learn


What to do before running a discovery workshop


How to plan a discovery workshop to solve a specific design problem


What kinds of innovative, fun exercises you can use when running a discovery workshop to get data you can use


How to build rapport with your participants and get them all involved


What deliverables to provide your participants


How to measure the success of your workshop



What You'll Get


Our playbook with instructions for running each exercise


Document templates

Shopping list of materials to buy to run a workshop 


About Matt (@mattallica)

With more than 16 years of experience, Matt researches and designs products for web, desktop and mobile and guides clients through project discovery, strategy and functional design. He works with startups and small to medium-sized businesses to help clients better understand their customers to achieve their goals and objectives. Matt sometimes speaks publicly about discovery projects.
 
About Garren (@aduroguy)

With 15+ years of design experience Garren's focus is on holistic user centered design practices.  He is a passionate design evangelist known nationally for allowing reason to drive his creative process, and for giving life to brands, interactions, and experiences.

Directions and Parking for Polygon/Atlantic Station

Northbound on I-75/85:
Take Exit 251A (17th Street)
Turn left onto 17th Street
Atlantic Station is located just over the bridge on the right-hand side.
Go straight through the light at Market Street
Turn right at the light at State Street.
Either turn right into the Parking Deck, or continue down State Street to the Valet Station on the right-hand side.
Southbound on I-85:
Take Exit 84 (10th/14th/17th Street).
Turn right on 17th Street
Atlantic Station is located on the right.
Go straight through the light at Market Street.
Turn right at the light at State Street.
Either turn right into the Parking Deck, or continue down State Street to the Valet Station on the right-hand side.
Southbound on I-75:
Take Exit 250 (16th/14th/10th Street)
Follow 16th Street access road
Turn right on 16th Street
Continue on 16th Street to State Street.
Turn right on State Street, crossing over 17th Street
Either turn right into the Parking Deck, or continue down State Street to the Valet Station on the right-hand side.


When you enter the parking deck look for the Red Columns marked with a number 1 and the green columns marked with a 5.
http://polygonatl.com/directions/
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