H4D teams are quickly learning just how important "beneficiary discovery" is to their success - and just how hard it can be. Teams have to develop exceptional information elicitations skills to get to the, "real-real" from many beneficiaries who see the problem in different ways. Even within the teams, members can hear beneficiary responses in different ways, too. It's challenging and educational at the same time.
As our teams move through their process - framing the hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and iterating or pivoting, they begin to see how the process is the glue that keeps their thoughts together. Working toward a, "Minimum Viable Product" requires clarity, focus, and the ability to quickly learn and change when necessary.
This week our teams visited Ft. Meade, spoke to more end-users and decisionmakers, and got out of the building. Nobody solved a real national security problem sitting at a desk.
Join us tonight, and every Monday @6:30pm as we live-stream our classes on Twitter @H4DGUSSP and on Facebook Live @Hacking4DefenseGeorgetown. See for yourself the amzing work these teams are doing.
Matt & Chris