The Building Solutions Canvas template helps you to grow, develop and strengthen potential solutions and ideas to make them more feasible and desirable. This template was created by Ayoa CEO and creative thinking expert, Chris Griffiths, and is featured in his book, The Creative Thinking Handbook.
When it comes to brainstorming new ideas and generating effective solutions to problems, your initial ideas probably won’t be mature – but they will be fertile and full of potential. The Building Solutions Canvas allows you to grow and develop these ideas by proposing the question, “How can I make it better?”.
The Building Solutions Canvas will help you to translate your interesting idea into something more actionable. This effective problem-solving technique can also be used in tandem with other tools, such as a SWOT analysis, to help you interrogate your idea and strengthen it from multiple angles. The idea behind the Building Solutions technique is to rethink your idea in the context of your challenge and objectives, so you can find ways of making it more feasible, acceptable and desirable.
Our Building Solutions Canvas is extremely flexible and can be used by various teams – whether you’re a development team brainstorming ideas for a new product, or a marketing team trying to decide how you can advertise this product in the most effective way. Discover how to get started with our free template below.
To access the template, sign up to Ayoa for free. Once you've signed up, navigate to the homepage to create a new whiteboard, mind map or task board and choose this template from the library.
To begin, list all the pros and cons for your idea that you can think of. It’s likely that your solution will have to be adopted by others in your team or company, so it’s important to anticipate any reluctance they might have and consider other factors that might help or hinder implementation such as rules, skills, timings or actions.
BOOSTERS. Starting with the pros, list all the ways in which each one might be strengthened, emphasized or improved. How could your solution simply be made better, more cost-effective or longer-lasting? How can it be scaled-up? How could you take it to the next level
FIXERS. Explore all the ways in which you can overcome the ‘cons’. Consider how you might counter other people’s concerns and prevent any potential risks. Rather than simply patching over the cracks, aim to convert any possible objections into positives.