An idea can come as a result of the Collective Intelligence Workshop, from a corporate team’s list, an entrepreneur’s vision, an inventor’s life or a university professor. Knowing where to start is critical when it comes to saving time and money. Learning fast is key, allowing fast decision making. When you prioritize the riskiest assumptions within the product development process, you can quickly build and test to prove or disprove your assumption.
Before the Flash Build starts, Salts Flats forms a build team and assigns a prototyping pod — a dedicated space in the Strategy House to run the sprint. Teams can be any mix of necessary contributors and usually include engineering and design from our Department X, subject experts from the corporation, subject specialists and advisors from Underwriter Labs and possibly IP from a university or startup.
The week starts with an official day one kick off. Events of the day include reviewing and understanding the use case, reviewing customer observations, prioritizing the riskiest assumptions and deciding on the precise feature build. The team gets to know each other better and the weeks deliverable gets laid out.