Experimental development challenges you to take small steps and test the idea’s functionality before any change or innovation is implemented on a larger scale. It enables the effective and efficient implementation and effectiveness of the measures on which innovative environments, organisations and communities can be built. Experimental development and quick practical actions save time and money that would normally be spent in the design phase.
“Experimental development is, above all, a bold attitude and thinking approach to learning together that helps us achieve the best possible result by testing, co-developing and working in a new way.”
–Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith, MDI
Big results with small stakes
Experimental development fits particularly well when there is something new to develop. Small experiments will provide the necessary information, reduce uncertainties and consider the next step patterns. The developer must not get scared, but experimentation has to endure incompleteness – the purpose is not to follow a particular stencil, but to experiment with finding the best ways to act.
Lead on with practical experimentation
This is not about paper-based development proposals, rather, we are always eager to put things into practice. In experiments, we cultivate pop-ups and short or quick tests. We support our partners’ ability to succeed in their development efforts and learn from experiments elsewhere.
We encourage experimental development in many ways:
- Innovation camps and design sprints
- Interactive design processes and co-development
- Support for phenomenal work
- Pop up development
- Service design
- Experiments as part of studies, surveys and evaluations
- Other participatory methods and tools
In experimental development we have been trusted by, among others, the Ministry of Finance, ELY Centres and Into Seinäjoki.
See all of our experiments in Showroom.