14 ways of using MethodKit

Put them on a wall or table and define and structure your thoughts with post-its around the cards. Work together or alone. The cards act as the building-blocks in creating well functioning projects. Something that creates visual overview of your projects and to see what needs to be prioritized and what is missing. MethodKit is a tool and can with ease be combined with how you already work. There are no rules or right amount of players for the MethodKit decks. Think grouping, stacking, prioritizing, discussing, planning and working around them. They are used for idea development, coaching sessions, client meetings, in workshops and to facilitate meetings. In addition to this you can find an extensive post on how MethodKit could be used together with grids and scales on Medium.

Clusters On Wall

Cluster on wall.
  • Pick a few cards/aspects that you need to define better in your project/startup.
  • Stick them to the wall using tape or sticky mass (Blu-Tack).
  • Map post-its around them with oneliners.
  • Look at them every now and then and write up new things as you come up with new ideas.

 

Project Grid

Project Grid.

Use the cards as the headlines in a grid. Use it to overview your projects and write down oneliners that define different parts of the projects as you come up with them.

  • Each column could represents an aspect you need to define (or that is already defined).
  • Each row represents one of your projects.

 

Table Cluster

Table Cluster.

  • Pick a few cards/aspects that seems relevant for now. (Picked Elevator Pitch, Differentiator and Value to describe MethodKit)
  • Map post-its around them with oneliners.

 

The Wall

The Wall.

The Wall is a workshop exercise that can be use with the different kits to map definitions and differences in opinions in a group.

The Personal Development the cards can be used to visualize diversity within a group. People tell about themselves in regards to different cards. The picture shows a group where people wrote down different employments they had in their lives and what their passions are. Often groups have a tendency to stagnate and stop exploring each other. The exercise helps to show that there are many stings that haven’t been pulled yet.

If you work with the project or startup kit the wall can be used to map and define a project. The overview can be used as a summary to write project proposals and descriptions or serve as triggers for discussing which definitions, solutions & strategies you agree or disagree on in the group.

 

Timeline and Sorting

Timeline & Sorting.
Use scotch tape (paper tape) on walls to create timelines and a yes/no matrix. Think and discuss. Add the cards to the wall to get overview.

 

Selection Grids

Selection Grid.
Use scotch tape on walls to create selection matrixes and grids! Result depends on which opposites you choose to add. Then add cards or ideas on post-its to the matrix to be able to select and evaluate.

Some examples could be:
Original? Easy to solve? Time consuming? Big market? Sustainable? Creative? Profitable? Risky? Urgent?

 

Vote on Whiteboard

Vote on Whiteboard.
Vote on which aspects are most important in the project at the moment.

 

TheDuo

The Duo.
Work side by side helping each other to define your projects by having a partner being able to give you valuable feedback but still getting forward with both of your projects.

 

Custom Canvas

Make your own canvas.
Like Business Model Canvas? Use the cards to create a canvas that are most relevant for your project.

Bring a big paper (A1-A2)

  • Pick a 5-10 cards/aspects. (On this example we picked Solutions, Value, User Acquisition, Reach out tactics, Elevator Pitch, Hazards, Target Group and Roles/Responsibilities)
  • Attach them to the canvas paper.
  • Start defining and taking notes to define your venture.

A fixed framework like business model canvas only shows a fixed path of defining business models. This can sometimes be helpful but we believe it’s better to adapt things based on each project or situation.

 

Color Key

Board of multiple projects.
Develop and overview many projects on the same board. Use one post-it color per project. Create a Color Key to clarify which color relate to which project.

If you work three persons side by side this can be a good way of helping each other to define and to get perspective with your individual projects.

 

Grid with Personas

Create Personas
Use cards from MethodKit for Personal Development to map different Personas. It could be personas from your target group or characters from your upcoming book / action movie.

Cards used in the example: Education, Employments, Passions, Routines, Goals, Energizers.

 

Coaching Sessions

Using it as a structure in personal/professional coaching. (MethodKit for Personal Development)

Example:
We have used them to help people create personal mappings. We picked 10-15 cards and put them into an order. The person got one card at the time and spoke about themselves in relation to the card (for example: goals, vision, fears, energizers, drainers, routines, employments, projects etc.).

While they were speaking we listened and asked follow-up questions to clarify. During the talk we wrote a few oneliners that summarized each card into a Google Doc. The person got their mappings to be able to continue themselves.

 

Personal Inventory

Create a personal inventory (with MethodKit for Personal Development).

Take an afternoon or weekend away from the computer to make a personal/professional inventory. Put different aspects onto standard A4 papers (or letter size). Write down things that come up.

The inventory could both be a plan for the future or defining the raw data to put into a job application or CV. We very seldom take time to get overview of the details in our lives, but when we see everything that we know written down our experience is that most people get smart & new insights by connecting and seeing patterns.

The inventory could contain cards like Competences, Projects, Education, Employments. Also more philosophic ones like passions & flow. Other cards that might be interesting is the cards that can be used for defining goals. Like measurable goals, success factors and vision.

One thing that might be interesting is to map the network around you. For example friends, relationships, gatekeepers and ambassadors.

 

How to use: Proactive Planning

Using it with the pro-active planning methodology.
In the example we went from facts based cards (like projects, employments, education) to more philosophic ones (drainers, energizers, passions) going over taking about direction & future and ending with milestones, goals and measurable goals.

 

Other Tools

Good additional tools to use with MethodKit.
  1. Scotch tape: Create grids & selection matrixes on walls.
  2. Post-its: Put definitions of the different aspects on post-its.
  3. Coloured dots: Use dots to select the best ideas/definitions together in a group.
  4. Thick pens: Makes overview from a distance easier.
  5. Tack-it / Blu-Tack: Sticky mass that can be used to attach cards to walls.
  6. Plastic Tape: Can also be used to attach the cards to walls.

 

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