We call the process of progressing through Solverboard 'Graduation': when you graduate an idea, it becomes a test, ready for testing and validation.
You can either assess an idea on its own, or within a group of ideas that share common features, which is referred to as a Cluster.
Anyone with the appropriate permissions (Innovation Manager, Platform Administrator) can review and assess an idea at any time. This might be triggered by:
- Exploring the Ideaboard and finding a specific idea that piques your interest
- Searching and filtering the Ideaboard for ideas tagged against specific goals
- An idea’s activity score reaching the threshold for review. The more your community views, follows and comments on an idea, the more it accumulates the activity score. Once the activity score reaches a certain level, the idea will be automatically flagged for review to the Innovation Manager (via notification and email)
- Investigating a cluster forming around a topic, suggesting that there might be an innovation hotspot.
Step by Step
Step 1: Start the review. Click the review tab
Step 2: Preliminary viability assessment. Use the score slider to conduct a rough-cut assessment of the idea against business model viability, technical feasibility and customer desirability. Score 1 for minimal impact and 10 for significant impact.
Step 3: Goal alignment. Use the score slider to assess how well the idea is aligned with your organisation's goals: score 1 for minimal alignment and 10 for significant alignment. If there are subgoals, score these as well - the platform uses the maximum score across all goals in the overall idea score.
Step 4: Amend goals (optional): The idea creator can use the 'Edit the goals' button to update the associated goals and subgoals.
Step 5: Categorisation. Categorise the idea against Innovation Ambition (the scale of the innovation), Innovation Horizon (the timeframe for the innovation) and Innovation Type (where it impacts, for example, business model or product). These categories are important as they drive the portfolio analysis in Solverboard - for more details on these, read our guide.
Step 6: Process. Finally, decide on whether to archive this idea or graduate it for testing. You can also write a summary of your decision under "Recommendations and Conclusion" for future reference if you wish.