Methodology

How does the methodology work? Below it will be explained in a nutshell. If you want to really get going, get certified or order the Prototyping.WorkBooks. This will help you to reinvent your work step by step.

We believe the FUTURE OF WORK is reached by CONSTANT PARTICIPATORY CHANGE through PROTOTYPING. Our methodology empowers teams to work ON their organization by constant experimenting. It enables leaders to share responsibility and reach the maximum potential of their teams.

no revolution, but evolution

Our evidence based methodology is proven itself in practice at more organizations every day. Teams are getting more autonomous, engaged and productive. Organizations are becoming agile in their own reinvented way, not because of a method from a book. Our methodology is created to get an organization in a constant flow of change. This by letting employees create their own prototypes to solve their own problems or grasp opportunities. We divide our methodology in two sections:

Prototyping.Work Methodology

Prototyping.Work Cycle

The methodology uses the Prototyping.Work cycle to get the right tension and create the best prototype for your situation. Only this will make your organization move the right way.

Prototyping.Work Rhythm

We are using sprints to create a constant flow of change within organizations. This helps to get the change going and make sure it will keep moving. This is essentials to create an agile organization.

 

Prototyping.Work Cycle

The Cycle consists of 3 steps. These three steps will make it possible to create the right prototype for the right situation. Below these 3 steps will explained below. Be aware, this is the high-over explanation. To get more in depth insights about the methodology, become a practitioner by getting certified.

01

Follow the tension

Or opportunity

A Tension?

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.

Find The Tension

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?

Define your tension

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.

Create Context

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.

Reframe to 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.

Generate Ideas

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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Design Your Prototype

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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Start Validating

Bring the designed prototype to life. In your chosen scope. Test it out, validate it. And learn from the feedback.

02

Start prototyping

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03

Evaluate & learn

Evaluate

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.

Either Adapt

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. 

Or Scale

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. 

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Great!

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.

Part of your routine

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. 

Some tips

  • With prioritizing, keep in mind that it’s not for the next year. Don’t make it to big of a deal. It’s about starting. And, like Mark Zuckerberg said: ‘better done than perfect’.
  • Make the progress visible to all the employees, use for example Trello (digital tool) or find a nice way to visualize in the office.
  • Celebrate the small steps/victories!

Create a Rhythm

Start Small,
Start Now

It doesn’t have to take a revolution to start with the methodology. Start the evolution.

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