Today, we are going to present the first beta of the business method toolkit and an updated version of the design method toolkit in Amsterdam. The new design of the open source tools and a SCRUMable task description helps to better plan and execute ideation and implementation.
It’s been more than two months from now that I started with the extension of the business part. The goal is to create a Startup-Toolkit that helps generating ideas for products and services and to be able to start a business out of it later on. My personal driver is that I strongly believe in the “general learning” abilities of each person, meaning even though you might never have learned x, you still can learn it later on, and furthermore I believe in innovation and change.
Change makers mostly do not come from a business site but from science, design, research or technology. They have ideas but can’t bring them into business. Those innovators I want to help not by providing them a fully lesson of how to start and how it works, but by pointing them into the right directions. A problem is huge unless you know what the problem is. Once you know your questions, you can better estimate time and effort, skills and resources required to tackle it.
My background is in design, not in business, so why am I developing this toolkit than? First of all, there are many more people involved in the process. During the last weeks I spoke to many people, experts, in one of the fields covered by the toolkit – sales, stakeholder, team building, branding, PR, … and I might know best how it is to learn something new, to struggle, to find the right questions and to do it over and over again. After my graduation I was asked to do a LEAN startup Accelerator Program with emistime, my graduation project. While being involved, I saw so many people asking the same wrong questions, doing the same mistakes, walking in the dark – and I wished somebody would just pointed me towards the next step and told me things I should be aware off.
The mediaLAB also sees this problem. Twice each year, around five student teams create new projects – from now technologies, smart data, to revolutionary fashion – which in the end are presented to a big audience. Interested faces, people want to buy it. But is it going to be produced? No. Why? Nobody has the skills or the will to turn it into a business. The “undefined problem”: How to create a business is just to big.
With the business toolkit we want to make a change and give tools to anybody who want to get ideas out, people who wants to become a change maker.