Family Tree

Verify that manual implementations exist for what you plan to automate

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Evidence strength

Relevant metrics: Jobs to be done ranking, Ranking needs, wants, desires, pains, Observations

Validates: Desirability

How: Investigate whether someone has already written a script or spreadsheet macro to solve the same problem or whether people are already following a checklist to prevent a category of errors. If manual implementations exist, there is a good chance you found a problem worth solving.

Why: Replacing workarounds rather than reengineering the experience from scratch lets users stay in the same mental model and thus entails less cognitive energy on changing their behavior into using your new solution.

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Before the experiment

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After the experiment

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