Situation: Lack of clearly defined inputs
Designers don’t have detailed inputs (requirements, parameters, starting points, constraints, etc.) to help frame the problem and inform the solution.
The effect: Some designers will flounder, spinning or churning on design concepts without resting on a single approach. Others will stall entirely, preventing forward movement on the project. Either way, designers face performance issues, unable to meet expectations in the specified deadlines.
The challenge: Validating assumptions can be time-consuming and cause further delays because they tend to be abstractions. That is, the inputs do not exist because the project team doesn’t know what it needs until it sees some implementation or design concept. While documenting assumptions can be useful, the best way to unclog this situation.