Experimentation is a great way of learning in conditions of uncertainty - such as a pandemic! Exploring and testing new solutions can help to mitigate short-term adverse effects of crises, but also build new capabilities to leverage in the long run.
While the myth of a lone inventor seems to persist even in the present day, there is increasing evidence on how connections and networks are in fact the key to innovations. Here, we've collected some tips and tools to get you started in finding untapped potential in your networks through the interactive stakeholder mapping tool, look at challenges from multiple angles to create diverse solution options through the ideation toolkit, and help plan how to bring initial ideas into something you can try out through the experimentation toolkit. Mix and match these free-to-use tools depending on your own needs.
Feel like you need a bit more inspiration before going hands-on with the toolkits below? Check out our research insights and case examples.
STAKEHOLDER MAPPING tool
Many entrepreneurs are driven by the desire to create something new. While experimenting inherently is a way to explore something new, when collaborating with people who bring different perspectives, ideas are more likely to be novel and innovative. The stakeholder mapping tool guides you through a series of steps to identify potential collaborators to begin to experiment with. It suggests ways to both leverage your existing networks and to craft new relationships.
TOOLKIT for IDEATION
Exploring solutions beyond the easy and obvious is an essential component of the design process. Although it may seem counterintuitive to consider wild ideas that are really out there, diverse ideas act as stepping stones for new solution directions - paving the way for workable solutions that are smarter, more novel, and have a higher chance of success. The ideation toolkit is a facilitated team activity where members of a team are guided through a series of steps to generate ideas. These tools are free to use, created for anyone who wants to develop better solutions.
TOOLKIT for EXPERIMENTATION
Early experimentation is meant to maximize learning and to understand what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, why. By learning before investing, the stakes and costs remain low to make adaptations. The experimentation toolkit is a facilitated team activity where members of a team are guided through a series of steps to come up with an experimentation plan. These tools are free to use, created for anyone who wants to develop better solutions.