Tricky decisions are made on day three of the international student design sprint

Principal Tom Cassidy talks to students about their ideas
Principal Tom Cassidy talks to students about their ideas

Day three of a design sprint is about making the tough decisions on which ideas to take forward.

By the end of day two we had a huge amount of interesting and creative ideas around the concept of building an ecosystem that would enable the achievement of the long term goal to make energy as abundant as music.

It was time to vote on which ones we were most excited about and also which ones we felt were achievable in the time frame of the sprint week. How should we choose? The design sprint has a five step process for deciding which ideas get to go forward.

  1. Art museum. This involves taping the solution sketches to the wall in one long row.
  2. Heat map. Each person reviewed the sketches silently and indicated which part he or she liked with a tick. The more ticks you see the stronger the idea.
  3. Speed critique. This must be three minutes per sketch. As a group we discussed the highlights of each solution. The sketcher was also asked if the group missed anything.
  4. Straw poll. Each person wrote down on a piece of paper which sketch they wanted to choose.
  5. Supervote. The decider gets the casting vote if necessary.
Discussing how ideas could be implemented
Discussing how ideas could be implemented

During the explanation of the straw polls it became evident that there was more than one key idea. The group then divided into three streams of activity. One was based around zero energy homes, the second was developing the concept of an Energy Tinder that would match people’s interests with existing projects and ideas around energy abundance, and the last was a group who will attempt to prototype an ecosystem that will enable people to tackle the multiple problems facing the energy industry.

The final stage of the day was to use a storyboard to plan out the prototype. This was when we were joined by Alan Cowley from Invested Investor. Alan has an interest in the sphere of energy and was keen to be the sounding board for the different groups’ ideas. It was really useful to have someone external join us at this point to ask the challenging questions about how we are going to achieve the ideas within the sketches. Alan’s practical approach made him an ideal person to critique the sketches and help the groups visualise how they would produce a prototype.

Day three ended with a much clearer idea of the focus for each of the three groups. Tomorrow will bring the hard work of actually building the prototype. Stay tuned to our social media channels for regular updates throughout the day.

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