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Uncovering more with your team in evaluation

A good design thinking process involves 5 core steps, all aimed at helping your audience find a real solution to their problem. In Axis, you’re already using pre-defined design thinking tools that make problem-solving sessions more effective.

  1. Share
  2. Frame
  3. Create
  4. Evaluate
  5. Action

How can Evaluate help your team’s development process?

The Evaluate stage updates design thinking’s “Prototyping” step with a pressure-free coat of paint. We don't want you to build a test version for users. Instead, you’re taking everyone’s ideas and moving ideation into the next tangible step: figuring out which ideas work.

Evaluation’s role in the design thinking process.

Design thinking stages check a few boxes on the way to solving a big, multi-part problem:

  1. Humanity
  2. Ambiguity
  3. Redesign
  4. Tangibility

Let's see how Axis's Evaluate phase fares against those principles.

Humanity: Consider multiple team members’ perspectives (not AI). Real people consider their fellow person's motivations, pains, and expectations.

Ambiguity: Start exploring abstract ideas with the goal of getting a clearer sense of them.

Redesign: Use the power of collaboration to take ideas through better iterations and refinements.

Tangibility: Turn big-picture concepts into practical solutions that lead to a real action plan.

How does the evaluation phase work?

Evaluate is designed for top-tier productivity. Minutes after creating the ideas, your team can anonymously express their thoughts, then you can export the whole workshop and never lose an idea again.

Quick ideation to clear evaluation.

During the same workshop, your team creates and evaluates ideas. No stopping and starting. Your ideas and motivations stay fresh, and the team's momentum keeps going.

Anonymous evaluation techniques.

Participants individually score, rank, or vote on ideas. Everyone's evaluations are private and you can view the collective response on the facilitator screen. Together, you’ll find the best answer quickly.

Detailed workshop exports.

Evaluation gets messy. When you’re trashing some ideas and refining others, you risk losing key gems you may want to revisit later on. Export your whole workshop, including those ideas you lost in the evaluation.

Using effective evaluation methods.

Depending on how you'd like to evaluate ideas, Axis designed 7 methods specifically for this stage. Find out how two favourites, 2D Matrix and Dot Voting, work.

2D Matrix

2D Matrix is great for seeing an idea's value across two dimensions. Before the workshop, you’ll configure the matrix with a few details:

  • Your x- and y-axis’s labels
  • Your preferred units (currency value, time value, other numeric value, etc.)
  • The maximum value allowed

During the workshop, participants rank each idea against the dimensions you preset. Once everyone submits their rankings, display the results on the facilitator screen so the team can discuss them.

Batch scoring your 2D Matrix lets everyone rank everything at once, then review on the facilitator’s screen. Sequential scoring shows one idea at a time, giving participants an individual look at each before moving on.

Pro-Tip: Our recommendation? Use batch scoring to evaluate many abstract ideas at once. Sequential scoring is best saved for analysing a small number of detailed ideas on a higher level.

Dot Voting

In Dot Voting, your team uses a dot-based currency to place more value on some ideas over the others. Before your workshop, pre-configure the number of dots each participant receives (Default is 10.)

Once you’re live, evaluation is simple. Participants go through each idea, adding or removing dots based on perceived value. Discard lower-valued ideas without worry. They’ll show up in your final workshop export.

Forewarning, Dot Voting might get confusing with similar ideas and result in a split vote. Save this method for analysing more distinct, well-defined concepts. Additionally, you can use Dot Voting alongside other specialised methods like 2D Matrix or a ranking based on the collective importance.

Move your concepts into more concrete plans.

Trying to shift your team from loose ideation to more effective, actionable evaluation? No matter which solutions you analyse (big and abstract or granular and practical), Axis’s Evaluate phase offers 7 distinct methods to use with your team, with many more in development.

In Evaluate, everyone can refine their ideas together. Take your problem through Axis’s evaluation tools and find a practical, collaborative solution the whole team can stand behind. Try Evaluate, free!

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