1) How did taking the position of an Extreme User influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge? Was it different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?
It really stimulated the imagination and got me to think about how someone who is not me would think, feel, want, need, etc.
2) Did any of the other design thinking techniques (design provocation cards, stories, storyboards, etc.) help you to work through ideas and collaborate with your group members?
At first everyone seemed a bit shy to talk about the character / ideas they came up with. But using techniques such as stories and storyboards really helped people come out of their shell and talk about their ideas so we could put them down on paper. Putting them down on paper also helped generate more ideas, as well as organise our ideas.