Jumping from problem to solution to application is very tempting, but you know what they say about assumptions…
We developed this graphic to demonstrate how nonprofits can grow opportunities for new programs to help their beneficiaries or new sources of revenue. Using a multi-step cycle like this one is a great way to organize your project and bring your ideas to fruition.
Simply put, you’ve discovered a problem (and they aren’t too hard to find), and you’d like to do something about it.
Get creative and put down as many ideas for solutions as you can. Don’t get stuck on your first practical idea and stop there! Embrace wild, crazy, and out-there. You’ll pair them down later.
Discovery & Investigate:
Put your best ideas to the test. Research, ask questions and expose your designs to as many people as possible. Don’t get discouraged – ideas need to be road tested so you can go back and improve them.
Start putting your plans into the physical space. The goal isn’t the most perfect prototype but one that clearly explains your problem so you can better input. It can be made out of cardboard as long as people can picture what you’re talking about.
By this point, you’ve cycled between steps 2-4 more than a few times (if you haven’t- get back in there!). It’s a big deal to get to launch your product or service to a broader audience but keep in your mind that you are still looking for the holes and cracks so you can continue to improve.
You’ve got an idea, and it works! You can start to think about creating new versions or replicating your program somewhere else as long as you go back to the discovery stage. Don’t assume your idea will work everywhere.