The summer is getting near the end, most of you have been on holidays or wel deserved breaks. We have been on a different kind of break. Whilst working with our NEXT Canvas with the startups we help, we were seeing a way to help both startups and companies to actively keep track of what is happening within a startup or innovation team. Right now we use a process of using the canvas to ‘see’ actual progress and interaction with, as well as keeping track of, experiments and validation. It is on the wall with the paper version of both the card and the canvas. While we store experiments and progress over time in a Trello board. We figured it could be made so much clearer if we could get the mental model out of our heads and into a digital tool to guide you. We decided to act upon that and dedicated two weeks in August not going to Bali or Ibiza. Working solely on this online tool during our ‘internal summer hackathon’ ( with just the two of us 😉 ).
As a result a first minimal version is online, based on what we have learned from the paper version of our canvas and experiment board so far. The tool needs to be tested by a few startups right now, so we can learn as much as we can from the start. Things like; How do we convey our mental model to the users and how can you benefit from this. Right now it has a few basic functionalities. You can add a project that contains one or more canvasses. Each segment of the canvas can hold assumptions. To each ‘sticky’ with an assumption, you can add one or more experiments. There is an experiment board for an overview of running experiments as well as an experiments inbox.
You are welcome to give it a try, provided you ask us when something is unclear and tell us when something is wrong. We want to learn, learn, learn, so we can continue to integrate and optimize. To be able to build something that will help you build a viable business model.