Activity Diagram

What is an Activity Diagram?

An activity diagram is a block diagram of sequential and parallel activities that capture user interactions with a product, service or system.

Why an Activity Diagram?

It brings clarity to our understanding of the user activity flow, and can be used to discover opportunities for automation, removing unnecessary steps users take, combining functions and potential failure modes.

Process Phase

Time

45 mins

Materials

Paper, Markers, Post-its, Wall/Board

Method Card Reference

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DI Method Cards_Compiled Deck_Version 2.
 

Procedure

Observe (or hypothesize)

  • the activities and user interactions with a product, service or system (PSS)

1.

Record

  • each step individually on a Post-it Note

2.

Connect

  • the activities in a single block diagram with directed arrows

3.

Repeat Observation

  • with another user to validate your diagram

    • extract insights, foresights and latent needs

4.

Best Practices

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A.

Activities should start with verbs (action words)

B.

Work on naming activities first as an individual then refine it as a group

 

Demo Video

This video gives you a walk-through on how to create an Activity Diagram, through a worked example of a Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge.

Activity Diagram Demo Video
Activity Diagram Demo Video

Examples

 

Here are examples of Activity Diagrams done for products, services and systems.

References