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Exercise – 5 Times Why

Exercise – 5 Times Why

5 Times Why in 5 steps Exercise

Step 1: Review the Directions for Object Story – Part Two

This design challenge will be completed in tandem with Object Story – Part Two. In last week’s introductory design challenge Object Story – Part One, you began the process for starting your prototype. In that challenge you were asked to choose a short story or novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes and select one specific object that you would like to tell a story about from your chosen Sherlock Holmes passage. You should have your Object Story – Part One submission as a jumping off point for this design challenge. You’re going to need a partner from your small team for this exercise.

Step 2: Coordinate with your teammates in order to pair up to complete 5 Times Whywith your partner (from your team)

Step 3. Conduct Your Interview with your Partner

  • Ask your partner – “Why did you select or create this object?”
  • It is important that you don’t ask any follow up questions but instead please stick to the question.
  • Make sure that you ask it five times in a row to each other.
  • Once you’ve done that, switch so the the interviewer becomes the person being interviewed.
  • As you are listening to your partners responses please take note of key things that you hear. Write down notes as you listen.
  • You will answer the following question 5 times for your partner using a synchronous communication method like Google Hangouts (https://plus.google.com/hangouts), Skype (http://www.skype.com/en/), Uber Conference (https://www.uberconference.com/), Join.me (https://join.me/), Fireside, etc. – “Why did you select or create this object?”
  • You MUST use audio or video to ask your partner why they selected or created their object that is in their Object Story – Part One. You should not simply email or text chat each other. Body language, tone of voice, and other cues are important in this exercise. You will submit your partner’s answers as part of the 5 Times Why design challenge and you will also re-enter your partner’s answers for him or her in their 5 Times Why section of their Object Story as part of your team submission.

Step 4. Add Your Partner’s 5 Times Why Response into his/her Object Story on your team workspace using the below template.

  • AFTER you have conducted your 5 Times Why design challenge, use the following template to add your partner’s responses about why he or she chose their object for his or her object story into your team workspace.
  • Append this information after the Object Story “Original Sherlock Holmes Source Material” section.
  • Your entire team should be building a collaborative document that will have one object story for each of your teammates by the end of the week.

5 Times Why: Your Name

5 Times Why: Your Partner’s name from your team

Partners: Add your team member’s responses as to why they chose his or her object for his or her Object Story: Part One.

“Why did you select or create this object?”

Your partner’s first response about his or her object.

“Why did you select or create this object?”

Your partner’s second response about his or her object.

“Why did you select or create this object?”

Your partner’s third response about his or her object.

“Why did you select or create this object?”

Your partner’s fourth response about his or her object.

“Why did you select or create this object?”
Step 5: Submit Your Partner’s Responses to your 5 Times Why Interview
Submit your partner’s responses here. You will also copy their answers into your team’s Object Story – Part Two collaborative document for submission. Also, take a moment to personally reflect on the exercise itself. What did you notice? What did it feel like? Did it effect how you responded?

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