Activity 4.3 C
Develop and test prototypes
The exercises in this activity will help you start developing prototypes that can be used to test hypotheses with users and target groups and gradually evolve your solution.
The next step in growing your idea into a fully-fledged solution is to start developing prototypes that can be used to test aspects of your idea with users and target groups. The idea of prototyping is to clarify assumptions that underpin your idea and to test hypotheses that will generate new learning and help you evolve your solution.
Prototyping does not require the whole solution to be created. The rationale for prototyping is to test as many aspects of the concept as possible before carrying out a pilot test of the whole solution, which can be costly and carry significant risks. Depending on the assumption you want to clarify or the hypothesis you want to test, you may only need to develop a simple representation of a particular aspect or feature of your solution in order to gather feedback.
In this activity we provide tools to help you prioritise the assumptions that you will want to test, before carrying out small tests and experiments with users who haven’t been part of your Invention process so far to learn about what’s working and what isn’t and to make improvements. You will want to carry out several rounds of testing, in order to gather feedback and make modifications and improvements to your design. In this way you will carry out many tests of aspects, of your concept, evaluating, learning and making changes as you progress.
If it is possible that any of the tests that you plan to carry out may risk harm, you will need to complete a risk analysis looking at all potential ethical, legal and safeguarding risk areas.