- What are you interested in?
- What are you good at or want to learn more about?
- What can you accomplish?
- What will challenge you?
- Are the resources you will need available?
- Is there enough time to finish?
- How much will you need to collaborate with others?
Creating the criteria for your goal
You must define realistic criteria/specifications to measure the quality of the project’s final outcome/product.
You must document the specifications in your process journal and use them to assess the final outcome/product after you have created it.
The criteria/specifications should be defined after doing some initial research.
Here are some questions that you might find helpful:
- What will my outcome or product look like?
- What type of materials will I use?
- What techniques will I use?
- What type of information will I need/include?
- How will I present the product?
- Will I include visuals?
- Do I need to consider any copyright or intellectual property issues
- Who is the audience?
- How will I get feedback?
Writing your product specifications:
- A specification is a set of considerations, constraints, and requirements for a solution: what the solution must or must not have to be successful.
- A specification is not a description of the outcome.
- It should demonstrate that you understand the needs of the problem that you have identified.
- Every aspect of a specification must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Testable (SMART).
- The specification should be directly connected to the goal. Writing a specification can be a difficult job if the goal is not well researched and clear.
- If a solution or design fails to meet an aspect of the specification, it can be considered that it has not met the criteria for success.
- You will need to refer back to the specification throughout the project, particularly when developing ideas and evaluating the final product.