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Storyboard

Storyboard

What is a Storyboard workshop?

This workshop tactic gets you to draw your idea as a sequence of moments and real-world interactions so you can better understand how it works.

Story time: one day, a team had a cool new idea. But it was so hard to explain - in fact, it still wasn’t entirely clear to them! So they grabbed Workshop Tactics to figure out the best approach.

Before long, the answer emerged and they all knew what they had to do. They got to work, and sketched a storyboard to put their idea in context and get everyone on-side. It worked a treat! The team and their new-found supporters were ready to start making progress in no time.

Get initial ideas with Crazy Eights beforehand. Afterwards, try evaluating your storyboard with Idea Beetle or Rose, Thorn, Bud.


How to run a Storyboard workshop

1. Consider the minimum amount of frames you need to communicate your idea. To do this, plot out the key steps in the user’s journey.

For example: 1) opens Workshop Tactics; 2) reads the Workshop Strategy card; 3) picks a tactic; 4) runs a successful workshop.

2. Once you have your key steps plotted out, start sketching out the scene of the first step.

Tip: if in a group, delegate someone to draw. Ask the rest of the group to articulate what should happen in each scene. It doesn’t need to be pretty; it just needs to get the point across.

3. When you’re done, it can be helpful to write a few words to describe each frame. 

4. Evaluate your idea, as a group, by asking:

Does it make sense?

What could be improved?

What isn’t needed?

What’s missing?

Tip: it can be helpful to take a break and come back to these questions with fresh eyes.

5. Alternatively, you can use Rose, Thorn, Bud or Idea Beetle to evaluate your storyboard.

Origin: Webb Smith, 1937

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