Rapid Business Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping is a faster, more effective and lower-cost method of designing and testing an innovation hypothesis before the product launch. It’s fast becoming a fact that there’s a generation gap when it comes to ideas of business and business process. Quite simply, the internet has changed the rules and no presents a massive ocean of disruptive opportunity to anyone with the imagination and vision to capture it.

The non-internet business process required time and detailed research to develop viable concepts that people had confidence that they could work in the market. It’s a laborious process that takes a considerable amount of time to develop and once developed it takes a even more time to understand the viability of the business. It’s a process that’s made more complex by rules, authors, approval and road-blocks that come in the form of standards or scores that have to be met.

As we get more comfortable with the internet as the new business world- this complex processes are collapsing and being replaced and re-defined. Speed to market is of the essence and there’s very little time for process. This new world is all about ideating and building.

We are moving from a world where business and business ideas took years to develop and germinate, to a time where business are created in an instant.

The challenge here is cultural and generational- companies and organizations used to working with old school processes and systems are going to have to find a way to adapt to this new world. Just because their core business might not even be in the internet space doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be significantly impacted by it, or be able to take advantage of it.

A good step forward would be for companies working outside of this technology space, to dissect the processes of this agile workshops to see how they might be adopted for use inside the business.

There are clearly implications here for agencies used to working on process through a silo like system- breaking this down and creating more collaborative teams that swarm opportunities would not only change the way agencies work, but also their output.