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The age of long term organizational change plans is over. Documents full of ‘assumptions’ and recommendations based on theory and not the proven practice. It’s time to turn it around. Only really change things that are proven successful in your organization. Meet: prototyping, or in this case organizational prototyping.
This is the most important step in our methodology. This one makes it easy to start with. It doesn’t have to take a revolution to start with the methodology. You can start small, you can start now.
But for the full blown, please start with measuring. Where is your company now and what do you want to change to reach your goals? Start prototyping when you know and when it works: scale!
Let your organization thrive, become the change.
A tension is normally not a desirable feeling. You don’t want to feel tensed. But in this case we embrace the tension. It’s the thing that is holding you back from the things you want to achieve as a team or individual. In this case, a tension is possibly also an opportunity. Defining and really understanding the tension is an important first step to crush the tension. Based on this tension, you want to find a solution and prototype that. So it’s important to define a tension that is just right.
What is something that bothers you every day? What does hurt in the way you work? What is not in line with the mission of the company?
Out of all the options, select the one thing that hurts the most or has the most chance of success. It should also be safe enough to take as a first step.
Why is it a challenge? It’s really key to understand what is going on and why the improvement is necessary. Look through the lens of your employees and learn from it. And ask your colleagues to describe their vision on the challenge.
It’s time to reframe the challenge in a very clear way. Reframe the tension in a manner that is too abstract, not to specific, but just right.
Now it’s time to dive into idea generation. In workshop or brainstorm kind of settings you are able to generate a lot of ideas, on post-its. Big or small, Crazy or dull. It doesn’t matter, as long as you create possible solutions for your challenge.
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When you have enough ideas, it’s time to prioritize and start designing the actual prototype. Now turn one (or a couple) idea and hypothesis into a prototype using the prototyping.work canvas. Try to create a radical change in a not so radical scope. Make sure to keep the prototypes small and tangible.
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Bring the designed prototype to life. In your chosen scope. Test it out, validate it. And learn from the feedback.
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Learn by doing. Validate the prototype in a small scope. If needed, adjust along the way based on the learnings. Evaluate and scale the prototype for a bigger scope.
You learned a lot during the first iteration for the prototype. In the current state you cannot scale the prototype. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop directly with it. Just adapt, update the prototype based on the feedback and learnings. Then take the updated prototype to the next stage and increase the scope.
The prototype was a huge success. It’s time to turn the prototype in an actual change. Think carefully about the next step. Is it already tested enough to change this for the entire organization? If it is, go for it. Or do you want to test it in a bit bigger scope than the first iteration. Then take the successful prototype to the next stage and increase the scope.
You have designed the first bunch of prototypes. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling. The prototypes need to be tested, improved. And when successful, the need to be scaled to the rest of the organization. A couple of tips to keep the movement going.
When you have enough ideas, it’s time to prioritize and start designing the actual prototypes. Now turn one (or a couple) idea and hypothesis into a prototype using the prototyping.work canvas. Try to create a radical change in a not so radical scope. Make sure to keep the prototypes small and tangible.
It doesn’t have to take a revolution to start with the methodology. Start the evolution.
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