Moving from the Mode of Imagine to the Mode of Plan during the ChangeMaker Innovation Process™ encourages individuals to find their best idea option and then make a plan to move the idea forward toward prototyping.
Determine pros and cons of your idea list which can include weighted ratings if needed.
What is emerging as your best option(s)?
It is wonderful to combine ideas together to solve multiple needs at once, but often times when we prototype for a solution for the first time it helps to operate from one point of view of the problem at hand. The more experience we gain with prototyping, the more ideas/needs we can tackle at once!
Filling out a Problem/Solution Chart may be another “next step” option to narrow down possibilities to the best idea.
Formulate a design plan for your prototype. A prototype can be anything that takes physical form: a creation, space, event, experience, object, or storyboard.
How can I plan to move my idea(s) forward?
There are various approaches to choose from when planning for your prototype and much of it depends on the kind of prototype you are developing.
Filling out an Innovation Blueprint may be a great next step.
A blueprint by definition is a design plan or technical drawing. We encourage individuals to use the graph paper to sketch their idea out, while also listing materials and the problem they are seeking to solve. The more time we invest in the planning process, the greater the outcome of success as we prototype to meet the needs of the user.