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Appendix B. Provocation Starters

Carol Vaage used a list of questions to get her grade 1 students to start thinking about the world and how they interacted with it. These are questions that can be used to think about your product, and how you may use them to elicit examples or uncover assumptions. See the bibliography for Part II, “Learning for Better Testing,” for the link.

I wonder . . .

Could you show me . . .

Let’s figure out how that could be . . .

So, in other words, if you . . . then . . . ?

What would happen next?

But why would that be?

So, now our question is . . .

Did you notice?

What have you discovered . . . ?

I know you can figure this out—go work with your team and see what ideas might work.

This (person/group) has run into a problem. ...

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