Like every developer, I can’t help it: I come up with solutions that are perfect in my head (of course!), such as Project Enough. The temptation is great for me to defend my vision and claim it is justified by my recent discovery of User Research and its benefits. But in reality I’m not sure how to apply User Research to this project.
I also thought it may be better to keep an open mind and just not try to mix the two. The project Enough is experimental, learning by doing, with a high risk of hitting a wall because the solution does not address an actual problem. The User Research is about building a mental model and trying to match it with a conceptual model too early may not give any meaningful results. Or worse… it could tempt me into tweaking the mental model to match the conceptual model.
Your advice on how to go about this would be very precious. I’m torn between my impulse to do things. And my desire to understand where this is going instead of bumping into walls like a headless chicken