Tag Archive | pioneer groups

Norman’s bog – Monday 19th November

Great fun on Friday.Ben stuck to his brief,managed his ( and
therefore our) time well and covered All the topics asked of him.Good choice.now
need to work out how to sell it to the world! Note that Ben’s approach allowed
everyone in the group to participate fully,and have their say.

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Pioneer groups – Liz’s blog Tuesday 23rd October

Definitely much more stressful afternoon even though when I got the idea of what we were trying to do, I was more relaxed. I only took part once at the hospital in trying to manage a survey. As a volunteer, I was asked to go round all the patients and ask them lots of quite difficult and even obscure questions which, as most of the patients were quite frail and not very alert,weren’t understood.. There were choices and abcd gradings and very few (if any) yes/no questions. With this in mind, I feel that any survey aimed at older people needs to be very simple to follow, not too long and if possible just straight yes/no answers. Most surveys I have taken part in for holidays, supermarkets etc are all grading from 1-10 and became very boring.Looking forward to seeing our questionaire that we would use!!!!
Looking forward to the next ghallenge as it is definitely a new idea for me to tackle.

Pioneer groups – John’s blog Saturday 20th October

Trying to find a route to a market, this was a much more challenging session perhaps due in part to following such a stimulating experience the previous week when we met as a relaxed, mutually respectful, self-confident group. We appeared to be working outside our comfort zone this week, with much less focus. Task headings seemed to produce much repetitive discussion with diffuse thinking. Each individual had their own variation of the product and how it would be used. We accomplished less, therefore it was less satisfying. Work in small groups seems to be a  more productive dynamic than trying to incorporate the talents of the whole group in a single discussion. Still enjoyed our new friendship group.

Pioneer groups – Alison’s blog Friday 19th October

Maggie  had a harder task today and so did we. Until now we were working within our comfort zone. We could see ourselves as consumers of assisted living technology and giving a name to a company and designing a product.It was a different story trying to determine the best methods to test the viability of the product. We could all make suggestions, and did, but what the validity of these is open to question. I think we questioned why we were being asked to do this. Looking forward to the support of an expert next week. Yours aye Alison

Pioneer Groups – Researcher’s Blog, Sheffield Session 3

Yesterday we had our third Pioneer Group session in Sheffield; our experts were Jim and Ben from Designit Design Consultancy in London. Jim gave a presentation about design before the group took him through the NANA system. The second half of the session was dedicated to negotiating which ideas the group most wanted in the re-design of the system. These included a possible application for the iPad and a wristband that collated data on exercise and food consumption. The group said that simplicity and benefits for the user were key to a good design. They certainly had lots of great ideas and it will be interesting to see what Jim and Ben come back with when they do our marketing session in week six.


Pioneer Groups – Ron’s Blog, Sheffield

This was a most interesting meeting because we had a presentation given by Jim Dawton, and Ben Pawle, from Designit.

The presentation concerned Design and Marketability of items in the Apple range of electronic devices. Jim centred on the future market of a growing population of older people. After being shown the Cobalt NANA software he commented on the accessibility and usefulness of the programme.

He challenged the group to suggest marketable ideas related to the NANA project. He collected our ideas, written up on Post It notes, and will study these and return with his comments.

Pioneer Groups – Liz’s blog Sunday 14th October

Hi Maggie, This could be for the blogging page!! I have to say I was very unsure when I agreed to be part of anything which had Technology as part of the title. But hey each week is more fun than the last and the interest that has been stirred by mixing with the others and with you and Lyn has been amazing. As for Tim, well what can you say? He was such an iinspiring person and his way of keeping us under control was effortless. Friday afternoon in Room 106 should be on offer as part of the National Health’s way of keeping us oldies going. All the best, Liz

Pioneer Groups – Alison’s blog Friday 12th October

Great fun and time passes so quickly. Tim is a star,though he started off rather hesitantly. Enjoyed his open,positive approach and knowledge of technology? On the discussion of the product I.e. the proposal of the other group, it seemed to me a nonof from the start. Just couldn’t,t see anyone buying such a device. The two engineers with me went trough the variables methodically  and one by one demolished their feasibility, thus coming to the same conclusion by a very different route. Then Tim countered their argument by telling how technology has moved on thus weakening their argument. I wouldn’t,t  be surprised if Tim chooses this option. next week will reveal all.

Pioneer Groups – Norman’s blog Friday 12th October

Great fun today,but there is a need to mix up the groups before
cliques form,and to  Ensure everyone participates.Suspect that lighting has been
identified before,but no matter, cause Tim was an excellent facilitator and a
really nice guy. Look forward to next week

Pioneer Groups – Catherine’s blog Sunday 7th October

On Friday afternoon I attended my second Pioneer Group session of the Cobalt Project and although going in fear and trepidation, I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 hour session.  The 2 hours just fly in and at no time did I feel bored. Our group of eight people. four men and four women, all I think aged over 65, have bonded very well, and every one contributes to the discussion.  For me the most important thing is that there is no attempt by any member to take over and we all have fun, often at Maggie’s expense.  I am looking forward to the remaining weeks, getting to know the participants better and also learning something new.