Browse our collection of tools and techniques

These are great for coming up with insights and ideas quickly, and also for evaluating, communicating and planning too.

Writing a To-Do List

Writing a To-Do List

A well thought-out to-do list helps you plan your tasks to maximise your productivity.

Easy High Impact

Easy High Impact

A simple matrix to decide which ideas to choose and prioritise after a brainstorm.

Empathy Mapping

Empathy Mapping

To gain a deep understanding of others, use this tool to help you stand in their shoes.

Pre-mortem

Pre-mortem

A forward-looking exercise to help you fix your ideas before they go wrong.

Quick Prototype

Quick Prototype

Get a rough version of your idea out into the real world, to see how people react to it.

Role Playing

Role Playing

Get into character to play out possible ideas, reactions and solutions.

Future Thinking

Future Thinking

Project your mind into the future to stretch your thinking and generate new ideas.

Dot Voting

Dot Voting

A post-brainstorm exercise to quickly and fairly evaluate ideas within a group.

Personas

Personas

A useful tool to help you create a rich representation of your target audience.

Storyboarding

Storyboarding

Map out the journey of how an idea might be used or received by real people.

Zooming Out

Zooming Out

Take the helicopter view for a more strategic, far reaching and ambitious approach.

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

A highly effective way to get ideas and information out of your head and onto the page.

What Do We Know?

What Do We Know?

Quickly catalogue the different knowledge, approaches and ideas from your team.

Questioning

Questioning

Learn how to ask the right questions to solve problems and spark the best ideas.

Get Out!

Get Out!

Head into the great outdoors to find new perspectives and fresh inspiration.

Patterns

Patterns

Use your brain’s pattern-noticing abilities to help you take a fresh approach.

Pitch It!

Pitch It!

Craft a clear, simple yet eloquent elevator pitch for your idea or project.

Timeline

Timeline

Set an ambitious yet realistic 12 week timeline to focus your efforts on your goals.

SCAMPER

SCAMPER

A handy set of prompts to help you evolve an existing idea or solve a problem.

Learning Needs

Learning Needs

An exercise to help you reveal skill gaps and learning opportunities.

Discomfort Zone

Discomfort Zone

A set of exercises to help you take risks, try new things and challenge yourself.

Write the Brief

Write the Brief

Clarify and prioritise your idea’s most important, salient points.

End in Mind

End in Mind

Define your desired outcome, then plan the specific steps to take to make it happen.

Hopes & Dreams

Hopes & Dreams

A tool to help you identify and build a sense of real purpose around your work.

News Headlines

News Headlines

A technique for improving ideas and for working out how to communicate them too.

Sinking Ship

Sinking Ship

An evaluation technique to identify factors that might weigh down a project or idea.

Creative Constraints

Creative Constraints

A tool to get you thinking inside the box and outside your creative comfort zone.

Affinity Mapping

Affinity Mapping

A post-brainstorm exercise to spot patterns and synergies to strengthen your ideas.

Learning From Failure

Learning From Failure

Techniques for identifying, classifying, predicting and learning from failure.

Details

Details

By focusing in on specific elements we can pick apart a problem or highlight a feature.

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