Innovative solutions are more than a single idea. A solution map lays out all the key elements and characteristics of an offering that work together to implement a focused strategy.

How To

  1. Work out the first versions on a large easel pad with a chisel tip marker. Title the page with your solution concept.
  2. Brainstorm elements of your solution on individual sticky notes. Title them clearly.
  3. Reflect and choose the smaller ideas that are components or characteristics of the bigger, key elements.
  4. Draw lines between ideas and elements that support or reinforce each other.
  5. If you’re fairly early in the project, use the map to stimulate additional ideas that would support the solution.
  6. Reorganize as circles and lines on another page to make the overall map clearer.
  7. Take time to share the map to get feedback.