You’ve already approached several people with your product and asked for their feedback to attain continuous quality improvement. So far, none of the features sound probable to you or are too specific to the person suggesting it. It might be time to simplify the product to the point where even a child understands it. Start by sitting down with a child and then explain to them how it works and what it does.
Take Many Notes
Once you think the child understands the product, ask them to explain it back to you in their own words. Be sure to take notes of what the child said because they will likely use simple sentences. Once you have collected all of your notes, try substituting some of the words with synonyms or similar words. For example, if the word “running” was used replace that with “jogging” or “sprinting” or “racing”.
Limit The Vocabulary
One of the most well-known authors of children’s books is Dr. Seuss. These short books consisted mostly of pictures with few words. In fact, it has only a small subset of the most commonly used words in the world. If you can explain your product with a limited vocabulary than the number of people understanding it that can suggest continuous quality improvement and increase substantially. With these easy to understand phrases, assumptions can also easily be challenged because there are fewer words.
Continuous Quality Improvement For Fans
Let’s take an example such as someone describing how a fan works. One such phrase that comes to mind are “spinning plastic things moving air”. Most all of these words can be substituted with another word. Instead of air it could be blowing smoke. The things might not even be made of plastic, they could be made of metal or some other solid object. It might not even be spinning since there are other ways that air can be moved including pneumatics. The description also leaves out details such as which direction the air is moving. The air could be pulled in away from you or it could be pushed towards you.
Remember, the goal is to improve on an existing product by breaking it down into its minimal elements. Asking one child or several children to explain it back to you or even to one another can help with this. Those kids will likely use a limited vocabulary when they tell others how it works and what it does.
After these minimal elements have been identified, it’s time to substitute words. Later expanded it out in detail when you are writing specifications for the improved product. Be sure to take many notes because you never know, just one word can change almost everything.
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