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Demo: Using the Design Venture Template

Watch Alex Cowan to learn about using the Design Venture Template.
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Now, we’re going to put pen to paper and start drafting some of this stuff. There is a template online here, a Google Doc, and it’s available at ref.alexandercowen.com/pdesign and you can find that URL, and the lesson materials. So we’re going to go here, load this. Now, this is the template that is online so we need to make our own working copy. So if you want to work on Google Docs, if you have a Google account and you would like to use Google Docs you can go to File, Make a Copy. Name it whatever you want, maybe we’ll call this HVAC in a Hurry Venture Design doc. Now, we have our own copy.
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The other thing you can do if you prefer to use Microsoft Word or any kind of word processing program on your local computer, you can go here to File> Download as and you can see here, you can download it as Microsoft Word, or even Rich Text Format and edit it here. Now, what you find in the template is things like for example, when were going to go, and create our Persona, there’s examples and then there are kind of placeholders and tables. For example, here we can put in I think see if will do, down here we can define our problem scenario for that person.
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And so, there’s just a few things that kind of make this a little quicker and easier. None of these things are absolutely necessary if you want to set them up in your own document you should absolutely feel free of course to do that. This just kind of abbreviates that, the other thing that I like about Google Docs it that you can hyperlink these things together. So for example, as you write in Agile user story, you can link back up to the persona that it pertains to for instance. And you can find instructions about how to do that in the lesson materials.

Follow along as Alex demos use of the Venture Design framework. If you would like to use the template online and make your own working copy, then visit the website below:

Venture Design Template

You may also access the PDF version under “Downloads” at the bottom of this page.

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