Scenario-based design

Example scenarios in English:

Example scenarios in Estonian:

Scenarios are discussed in participatory design sessions. Typical participatory design session with scenarios involves 2…3 participants and a design researcher. A two hour session is enough for discussing 3…4 scenarios. Discussing the scenarios in a participatory design session can help to get a better understanding of users’ current experience and expectations towards the designed system. For detailed guidelines on organizing a participatory design session about the scenarios see the following guidelines:

At the end of the participatory design session it is important to write summary with key points from the design session. See the following examples from projects:

Recommended readings

Carroll, J. M. (2000). Five reasons for scenario-based design. Interacting with Computers, 13(1), 43–60. doi:10.1016/S0953-5438(00)00023-0

Rosson, M. B., & Carroll, J. M. (2002). Scenario-Based Design. In J. A. Jacko & A. Sears (Eds.), The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies and Emerging Applications (pp. 1032–1050). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


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