What is an Idea Beetle workshop?
This workshop helps you evaluate if your idea is strong and has ‘legs’, or if it needs more thinking.
You might think you have a really good idea, but by evaluating it against a set of questions, you can quickly test its robustness. Fun fact: One in every four animals on the planet is a beetle. Similarly, one in every four business meetings is a total waste of time.*
*We made the second statistic up, but the truth is probably worse.
If you don’t have any ideas to evaluate, run Crazy Eights first. It can be helpful to prioritise your ideas with Priority Map beforehand, so you can evaluate ideas with the most potential.
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How to run an Idea Beetle workshop
1. Draw the Idea Beetle on a large surface:
2. In the head, write the name of the idea. In the body, describe the idea.
3. For each leg, write the answer to either or both set of questions:
Origin: BBC, 2013 / Chip & Dan Heath, 2007
Not sure if this is the right approach for your team at the moment? Try a different evaluation tactic. Then, prioritise ideas or problems using a decision-making tactic.
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