PP Product

What is your goal?
In finding an answer to this question you will be asking yourself a variety of questions:
  • 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?
By answering these questions, you will decide on a final product or outcome. It might be an original work of art, a model, a business plan, a campaign, a blueprint or architectural drawing, an essay, a course of study, a debate, a film, a website or some other work.

Creating the criteria for your goal

It is not enough to just make your product, but you will also need to be able to evaluate if you have been successful. In order to do this, you need to create your own success criteria. Usually you will have to do some research before being able to define a successful product. Your success criteria need to be SMART!

SMART Goals:

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.