PROBLEM

When applying UCD to sanitation, describe a problem your organization was trying to solve?

Getting good feedback from employers to improve operations

 

SOLUTION

What solution did you design to solve the problem?

We’re now doing the journey path every quarter in which staff draws out and discusses our entire waste processing and briquette production processes to find areas for improvement and brainstorm solutions together.

 

WHAT WORKED WELL

What part(s) of the UCD process did your organization do very well?

  • Journey path with sticky notes
  • Identifying hardest and most unsafe processes:
    • hardest drying racks for briquettes
    • fecal sludge buckets up a ladder was unsafe
    • listening to all steps
    • taking time off operations
    • individual/collective work
  • Probing
  • Switching people’s roles for a day so that they could make recommendations for improvements

 

WHAT DIDN'T WORK

What part(s) of the UCD process did not go well?

Asking for general recommendations from staff without providing a framework to think about areas for improvement

TOOLS AND FRAMEWORKS

What UCD tools or analytical frameworks did you use?

  • Sticky notes
  • Journey maps
  • Brainstorming

 

WHAT WAS REALLY HARD

What were your biggest struggles?

Staff struggled to see purpose at the beginning of the day

 

BIGGEST A-HA 

What was your biggest a-ha moment? 

There were steps in the journey that I and other employees were not aware of

 

MY PIVOTS

So then what? What did you do? Discard the idea? Change course?

Continuing to try to build a culture of empowerment—still noodling on this one

 

TIPS

What advice would you give other organizations?

  • Empathize with users at the beginning
  • Create acceptance for trying, not accuracy
  • Reference deep dives more frequently
  • Follow up!
  • Understand the importance of involving every user in the system