From Vision to Action
Strategies AND TOOLS
Now that you know your why and you have started to identify a problem worth solving, how do you turn ideas into something tangible?
Here are some strategies and tools you might want to try to get the creativity flowing – either on your own or with your team.
- Dot or bullet point list of ideas or tasks
- Flow chart or brainstorm ideas
- Develop user personas or empathy maps [link to tool below]
- Create a journey map [link to tool below]
- Whatever works best for your team
One way to turn your idea into something tangible in a short amount of time is to adopt an iterative approach. This means that you come up with an idea, do some research, develop a potential solution or prototype to test and evaluate your idea, refine and repeat. The point of this is to test out your potential idea, even if you have very limited resources.
- Discover – identifying opportunities, problems, challenges that you want to work on
- Explore – aiming to understand the problem and where you will need to focus your energy
- Develop – make a plan, this is where you will need to get creative – turn ideas into something that you are ready to test in the real world
- Deliver – implementing it and getting feedback and repeating this process as many times as necessary
Essentially you want to learn → build → measure and repeat
This is another tool you can try if you are struggling to define your focus.
If you feel like you’re looking at a challenge too broadly you can get greater focus by zooming in.
- How are you going to do this?
- What are the parts of this? Try to break it down into smaller or more specific parts
If you feel you’re looking at a challenge too narrowly you can look at it from a broader perspective by zooming out.
- Why are we doing this?
- What is this a part of?
- What is the intention behind this?
If you’re struggling to find clarity, try brainstorming your riskiest assumptions and think about ways that you can easily test them. You want to be aware of things that you are unsure about AND how important they are to your ability to progress to the next step.
This tool can help you:
- Think about your specific problem or opportunity more clearly
- Recognise the key stakeholders in this area
- Identify key barriers or gaps in your knowledge and skills that you will need to consider along the way
An example sentence you can use to articulate your assumptions is:
For [idea/project] to succeed, it is necessary that [something that needs happen or exist].
For the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership to succeed as the leading organisation promoting partnership between ASEAN and Australian youth, it is necessary for young people from these countries to be interested in connecting with each other.
Uncertainty – Before the founding team started AASYP, they weren’t sure if young people would be interested in connecting with each other
Importance – As AASYP aims to promote partnership, it is very important that young people in our region are interested in learning about each other’s countries and cultures