Storyboards

Sketch out an idea to explain it.

1-8 people
10 minutes

Guidance

Why

Storyboards can help your team to:

    • share and develop initial ideas
    • ask questions of whether ideas are viable and create value for users
    • openly discuss technical, time or cost constraints
    • eliminate ideas that are not viable early

Who

People with a range of different perspectives and knowledge which usually includes:

    • a facilitator
    • all team members
    • key stakeholders
    • anyone outside the team who could add a different view or who you want to engage

When

You can use this method when:

    • research has provided enough confidence to start creating ideas
    • you’re starting work on a new discovery, product, service or feature
    • you or your team needs to look at a problem from a new perspective

Things you need

    • The problem or opportunity is visualised so that people can see it for the whole activity
    • Information that will help, for example, outcomes, commercial value, user research
    • A table with enough space for people to draw
    • A3 or A4 paper
    • Sharpies/pens
    • Timer and someone do the timing

Tips on running the session

Make sure everyone understands:

    • the problem or opportunity
    • this is informal - question, challenge and debate at any point
    • the quality of drawing is not important - it's about getting ideas across, not being an artist
    • what you will do with the ideas after the session

Steps

  1. Take a sheet of A4 paper.
  2. Write a title for your idea at the top.
  3. If your idea has multiple steps or interactions, use a series of sketches to show the stages.
  4. Write a short, clear description of your idea.
  5. Stick them all on the wall, try to keep them at eye level height.
  6. You could Dot vote after to prioritise ideas.

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