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Lean Research Skills for Conducting Interviews

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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Overview

Interviews are one of the most common and powerful field research methods, used across a wide variety of disciplines and topics. Whether conducting a research study, an evaluation of an existing product or service, or gathering insights for a business plan, or a design process, interviews are often the method of choice for gaining insights directly from people.  The quality of that information, however, depends to a large degree on the skill of the interviewer.

This course introduces effective techniques for conducting interviews and is designed to help you develop and strengthen your skills as an interviewer. It does not assume any existing experience conducting interviews, but will quickly take you past the basics and into best practices that incorporate the Lean Research principles of rigor, relevance, respect, and right-size. The course focuses specifically on conducting interviews in “the field” - contexts in which we may be in an unfamiliar setting or culture, such as when traveling abroad or conducting research in a place we haven’t been before.

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Syllabus

Week 1:  The Lean Research Approach to Interviewing
  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Lean Research
  • Lesson 2: The Lean Research Principles in Practice
Week 2: Skills for Conducting Effective Interviews
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to Interviewing Skills: The Basics
  • Lesson 4: Lean Research Interviewing Skills
Week 3: Navigating Challenges in Interviewing
  • Lesson 5: Connecting Across Differences
  • Lesson 6: Handling Challenges in Interviewing
Week 4: Practice Conducting Effective Interviews
  • Lesson 7: Implement Your Own Interview (final project)
  • Lesson 8: Recognizing a Good Interview
Week 5: Helping Each Other Improve 
  • Lesson 9: Peer Review of Interviews
  • Lesson 10: Course Wrap-Up

Taught by

Elizabeth Hoffecker and Zoe Dibb

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