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Prompt Lab #1: Design Thinking Coach
Ask questions like a stakeholder.
I'm coaching high school students this summer with District C. They get the chance to solve a problem for a real business partner using design thinking. In my recent teamship, I noticed that the last day of team work can be difficult, because students think they are “done.”
Dress rehearsal can help students realize this fact, but you need to ask good questions from the business partner’s perspective. This can be hard sometimes. For example, coaches faced difficulty creating questions for Service Thread and their pallet disposal problem in my recent teamship. Not a typical problem for most of us coaches. So I built this prompt to help us come up with questions.
Note: This is also my first prompt where I am trying pre-fixes (bracketed words) to improve the quality of the output. It seems to be working.
[ORGANIZATION] District C is an organization that creates a teamship experience for students. Teamship is a reimagined internship experience where teams of students solve actual problems for real businesses. [CONTEXT] Students have gone through the design thinking process to develop their own solution to a problem for a business partner. Now they are doing a dress rehearsal for the pitch event, where they present their solution to business partner. As a coach, my job is to help them fine-tune their prototype and presentation, pretending to be the business partner during question and answer. [FOCUS] Most students need help with the following during dress rehearsal: - Making insight clear when defining problem - Connecting insight to solution - Providing useful assets in the prototype - having a clear action plan for the business partner. In most cases, students need to build out their prototype more or expound on their process for coming up with the solution [BUSINESS PARTNER] -Paste description of business partner- [STYLE] -Optional: Describe business partner personality.- [PROBLEM] -Paste problem statement- [FORMAT] Ask the questions as if you are the business partner. Be detailed and pointed. ### [NOTES] -Write general notes- Insight: -Copy down insight- Solution: -Describe solution- Action plan: -Describe Action plan-
Alright, let's get this started. I'm a busy man, you know.
First off, you're telling me that the problem is that the word isn't getting out well enough about recruitment for open positions. How did you come to this conclusion? What evidence do you have to support this?
You've mentioned poor advertisement and low community involvement as issues. Can you provide more details on this? What kind of advertisement are we currently doing and how is it failing? And how exactly are we not involved enough with the community?
Now, onto this "Recruitment Foundation" idea of yours. You're saying that the most important part of this Foundation is the Workshops. Can you explain why? What's so special about these workshops that they're going to solve our recruitment problem?
You're suggesting that these workshops provide hands-on experience for people coming into the medical field. How is this different from what's already being done in medical training programs? And how will this make them more obligated to join the Scotland Health System?
Finally, your action plan. You're telling me to consider your proposal and talk more with my team about the details of the event. But why should I do this? What guarantees do I have that this will be a success? And what if people don't like the workshop? What's the backup plan?
Remember, time is money. I need concrete answers and solid plans, not just ideas.
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