Solverboard Tests has a three-phase testing lifecycle, being:
- The Planning Phase
- The Testing Phase
- The Validation Phase
The Planning Phase
A test can be created either through graduation of an idea or starting from new. The purpose of the planning phase is to define the objectives of the test and assign a test owner who can lead a test team in deconstructing the guiding hypothesis into a set of detailed assumptions, and then finally designing a set of experiments to test those assumptions.
The Testing Phase
The objective of the testing phase is to conduct your experiments to prove or disprove your assumptions and transpose those learnings into an initial business case to support the validation of the idea. This phase is an iterative cycle of testing, learning, evaluating and refining until the test team feel satisfied that the assumptions are verified or that there are only marginal gains to be had from further testing. Evaluating each test result and assumption will create learning, such as:
- the potential value of the opportunity,
- how the business model may work and,
- what resources may be needed to actualise
All of which help to inform an initial business case allowing the idea to objectively compared and prioritised with others.
The Validation Phase
The test team make recommendations and pass the test to the innovation management team to assess and decide if it is an option that aligns with the strategic objectives of the organisation and one, at some point, worthy of investment. Depending on your chosen pathways, this can be graduated as an Option, forming a backlog of credible options the organisation can initialise when capacity or capability is appropriate or launched immediately as a project. Optionally, in this phase, the innovation team can draw upon the organisation’s subject matter experts to provide a level of independent evaluation and verification of the test results in the areas of their domain expertise helping to inform the graduation decision.