COMPONENT YOU CAN BE FLEXIBLE WITH… THOUGHT STARTERS TO FLEXIBILITY Easy to Flex OUTPUTS Research results must consider the audience and anticipated next steps. How you socialize research findings. • Do not present findings • Present remotely • Hand-off presentation to designers • So many others! How you document research findings. • Do not document findings • Create a one-page summary • Share documentation responsibility • So many others! METHODOLOGY Approaches must consider how to engage participants and optimal contexts for data gathering. How you make the most of field time. • Recruit non-researchers as note takers/observers • Conduct parallel sessions • Use alternative facilities • So many others! Where/when you gather data. • Conduct remote sessions • Pilot a study with a reduced sample • Rearrange sessions (groups, duration) • So many others! SAMPLE Recruiting must identify who will best answer questions and how many data points are needed. Who you need to meet. • Revisit sampling variables and size • Consider analogous or extreme populations • Recruit internally • So many others! How you find who you need to meet. • Tap into professional meetings and organizations • Outsource to recruiters • Reach out to friends and family • So many others! Hard to Flex OBJECTIVES Research objectives must have clear scope, and be executed and communicated clearly. How transparent you make the process. • Conduct training of hard and soft research skills • Show-and-tell research processes • Prepare a detailed project plan • So many others! How you resource the project. • Find budget co-sponsors • Hire new resources or outsource • Reconsider study timing • So many others!