The Babel Journey

 

You join us in one of ten cross-organisational teams.

During 1 year, each team will work on a socially relevant topic of their choice, supported by experienced coaches. We will assist you in various aspects: interpersonal skills, team communication an collaboration, innovation processes, idea validation, …

The result of this one year collaboration will be defined by your team. It can be an experiment, a prototype, a real product or service, a running business, anything that demonstrates the value of your work.

The babel journey is a real learning journey as you'll experience new ways of collaboration and innovation you can apply yourself at work, at home, …

Your Applicationuntil 2|2020
  • You apply individually
  • Why do you participate?
  • What do you expect to learn?
Opening Event2|2020
  • Public event with inspiring talks
  • Idea selection & team composition
  • Self assessment
Team Kick-Off3|2020
  • Clarify your purpose
  • Define your golden circle
  • Define the roles & rules in your team
  • Assess your team’s profile & strengths
Opportunity Statement4|2020
  • Specify your problem statement
  • Define your value proposition
  • Identify potential business models
Your Plan A5|2020
  • Identify your core solution concept & key features
  • Set clear goals, priorities and milestones
  • Specify your business case v 0.1
  • Define your validation approach and plan
  • Perform a fundraising pitch
Team Time-Out6|2020 → 1|2021
  • At some point in your journey, we will help you perform a team health check
  • What works well? What can be improved?
  • How do you identify tensions, discuss them openly and turn them into positive energy?
Iterative Validation6|2020 → 1|2021
  • Define MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) and perform RATs (Riskiest Assumption Tests)
  • Is your idea relevant, valuable/unique and accessible?
  • Validate with customers, suppliers, partners, …
  • Evolve from your plan A to a plan that works
Pivot6|2020 → 1|2021
  • Decide to continue, refine, re-think, or go back to a blank sheet of paper
Closing Event2|2021
  • We facilitate a reflection with teams, individuals and their organisation how they will take forward what they have learned
  • Public event where you share the results of your product or service, prototype, running business, experiment, …
  • Celebration

Learn by Doing

"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over."

Richard Branson

10 Monthly Iterations

Some of the things you'll experience at each iteration as you go from opportunity statement to final presentation at the closing event:

  • Coaching on the job
  • Present your progress to the other teams
  • Public meet-up every second iteration
  • Learn and apply relevant tools and techniques
  • Take it with you to work, home, …

Tools & Techniques

thinking hats | get out of the building | napkin sketch | deep listening | innovation accounting | business model canvas | value proposition canvas | zero based budgetting | pitching | design sprint | impact mapping | OKRs | user story mapping | decide now | 15% solutions | dependency management } scrum | kanban | build-measure-learn | prototyping & pretotyping | interviews | surveys | retrospectives | FourSight thinking styles | learning & testing cards | …

Ready to Join?

Participate in the babel journey.