Exploratory Interviews

Allows you to understand the problem you are trying to solve from the perspective of the user. Exploratory Interviews test assumptions about the behaviors, beliefs and needs of your target audience. They also help you gather information to understand the problem better, create new ideas and prioritize features.

How to use it?

Define your topic for investigation (questions or assumptions).

Recruiting takes time for interviews. Depending on the amount of time it takes for recruiting, your project will take longer.

Follow up with the interviewee to set a time and place to meet (remote or in-person), remember to send a reminder them prior to session. On the day, ensure you have a notetaker for the interviews.

Build an interview guide (this is not a script, interviews should be conversations and your guide is just to keep you on track, not to read from).

Before interviewing, read through Mozilla’s 101 guide for interviewing. Start the interview with an introduction. Open up with easy questions and draw out to specifics. Avoid asking leading questions, use storytelling techniques such as; tell me the last time you did X, tell me about how a normal day is for you, show me how you do something. Listen carefully, take notes. Audio record and take pictures.

With a full understanding of each user response and behavior, take time to review your data and start synthesizing insights soon after your final interview. Extract key findings: what was surprising or unexpected? What assumptions were confirmed? Use anomalies and edge cases to push your own product concept. Avoid confirmation bias by forcing yourself to move beyond your current product concept. Ensure your team is represented; multidisciplinary backgrounds give different perspectives and see opportunities and challenges better.

Create a concise summary document that is useful to you and can also be used to keep stakeholders up to date.

Exploratory Interviews

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