Ian Mulvany

November 6, 2022

Questions to test your idea with

This post from Isabel Thompson - https://typeshare.co/isabelthompson/posts/7-questions-darpa-developed-to-assess-research-proposals talks about seven questions to ask about a research proposal. 

It reminded me of advice from paul graham: 

# Paul Graham’s Advice
Who is your user?
What problem are you helping them with?
Why is this a problem for them?
What do they use to solve that problem right now?
No, what do they really use to solve that problem right now?
What do they like about this solution?
What do they not like about this solution?
What do they wish that solution could do for them?
How is your solution better?
How much better is your solution?
Why would they switch to your solution?
What do you know about these users that no one else knows?
How many of these users are there?
How many do you have now?
How did you get them?
How will you get more?
How many more will you have in 3 months?
What do these users currently pay to have this problem solved?
Would they be willing to pay more for something better?
Why are these users good users to try to solve problems for?
What other kinds of users could you go after once you get all these users using your software? 

About Ian Mulvany

Hi, I'm Ian - I work on academic publishing systems. You can find out more about me at mulvany.net. I'm always interested in engaging with folk on these topics, if you have made your way here don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything you want to share, discuss, or ask for help with!