[Phases] The Axis 5 phases

There are 5 phases that you could possibly use for an Axis workshop. But you can use as little as one, the Create phase is the only compulsory phase because this is crucial for your idea creation.

In this blog we are going to dive into each phase in a little more detail to help you understand how the flow works.

The Share Phase

This is the ice breaker phase and it is typically used for when the participants in the room, or on the call, dont really know each other.

It is a great way to ease the group in the digital format and settle in to the workshop.

Currently, we have 2 methods in this phase and we are quickly developing more and more.

Why not give complete the sentence a try, set a sentence and get participants to finish it, then go around and pick out any funny ones, or ones that go against the norm.

Ideally this phase is kept under 10 minutes

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The Frame Phase

In this phase, participants think of key themes linked to the method you chose. For example, you may chose "Challenges" where participants generate challenges which will then be taken forward as themes to create ideas against in the Create phase.

We advise you to kick-off frame with a video or some other stimulus that gets people to think about the context in which they are operating.

Top tip -try to take through three to five themes (you can select up to eight) into the create phase.

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The Create Phase

This is where participants can get creative! The methods in this phase all evolve around idea generation. Axis really comes into its own here as all participant entries are anonymous which encourages participants to be bold!

A great tip... During setup, as the facilitator, you can pre-add ideas ahead of the workshop. This allows you to capture ideas from people who are unable to participate ahead of the workshop to make sure their thinking is reflected

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The Evaluate Phase

Time to identify what are the best ideas. This is another phase where Axis can really thrive. As well as allowing traditional voting methods such as dot voting to be completely digital, because voting is anonymous you will be more likely to see a true reflection of what the best ideas are!

To encourage discussion, focus on the ideas at the extremes e.g. where there is a big spread in participant scoring. Tease out the reasons for people having different opinions and try and reach a consensus position

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The Action Phase

This a phase you may not want to miss out on! Getting action out of a workshop is just as important as the ideas that come out of it.

A successful action phase is critical to ensure the workshop delivers value: great ideas only matter if they get executed

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