11 Sep Project Log: Reflect, regroup & refine
This week we reached a really exciting point in the project as the core team got together to reflect on our progress over the last eight weeks at an interactive workshop in London.
The session was an opportunity for us to sit down together in the same room to see the final platform prototype and emerging business model. While we have all worked extremely hard to get the project to this point, we remain acutely aware that there is still a mountain to climb ahead of us.
As well as being an opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made to date, the workshop was also an opportunity for us to re-group and to put our collective imagination towards ensuring that we can work efficiently, collaboratively and with a clear purpose as we move into the next phase.
Watch the introduction to the workshop in this Project Perspectives post.
Taking to the road for user testing
With the Futurewave vision now developed into a fully-functioning prototype, it was time to put it in the hands of users for the first time. And so in the latter half of this week, myself and the team at Fahrenheit 212 travelled to Birmingham and Leeds to carry out first phase user testing.
Given Futurewave’s mission to re-connect the energy industry with customers, the start of user testing was probably one of the most important stages in our innovation journey so far.
The sessions saw us showcase ‘Source It’ – the area of the platform that will provide consumers with clear information on their energy options, and connect them with developers and funding sources – in both group and one-on-one conversations.
Testing like this is a vital part of the development process as it creates opportunities for us to drill down into the platform and to ultimately perform the job it should. To date, feedback has been very positive and will serve to shape the recommendations for the full build of the platform.