Ideation and Prototyping

Prototype Planning Canvas

Make a plan for how you'll make your solution idea real and tangible with a prototype.

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Why do you use it?

Prototyping your solution ideas allows you to communicate them much more effectively to your users and stakeholders, and to gather more authentic feedback about whether your idea would work in practice. Planning your prototype enables you to be strategic about this building-and-test process.

When to use it:

This canvas is designed to be used once you've selected an idea or set of ideas that you'd like to prototype. It guides you through a step-by-step process to identify what assumptions you're testing, and how you'll build and evaluate your prototype.

How to use it:

The Prototype Planning Canvas helps you to make a plan for the prototyping and testing of your solution idea.

  • Your Idea: First, give a brief outline of the idea you're prototyping. If you've landed on more than one idea, complete a separate canvas for each idea.
  • Your Riskiest Assumption: he best prototypes are designed to test one specific assumption about your idea. That assumption could be that your solution will work on a technical level, that your customer will like it, or that you could get approval for your idea - it will depend on the challenge you're working on and the idea you've come up with.
  • Your Prototyping Approach: Describe how you'll create a prototype that makes your idea tangible in a way that will help you to test your riskiest assumption. This is a creative exercise that's rarely the same for any two ideas.
  • Your Prototype: On the left hand side of the large box, note down the (physical or digital) tools you'll use to build your prototype, what features it will have, and how you plan to gather feedback on it. Then, use the right hand side to sketch what your prototype will look like or to make a more visual plan for how you'll create it.

Now you're ready to prototype!

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Prototype Planning Canvas

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