Testing your project plans
Here are some methods that you can use to test your project plans or ideas. Some of them are easy and cheap to do, others require more time, effort and costs.
- Testing your ideas is good for identifying weak points in your plans. It is not a guarantee that everything will work as planned.
- Testing your ideas, however, can also build up confidence and help you interact with your target group on the 'real' project.
Remember that you are not getting feedback from your entire target group! Your test might highlight weak points, but won't ensure your project will work as planned.
► If you can't engage your 'real' target group but e.g. friendly users, be aware of the differences.
► Even with a test group from your 'real' target group, remember this is only one viewpoint.
► People may not be able to imagine the 'real' situation - even if an idea is acceptable on paper, it might create problems in real life.
► A pilot is the best test of 'real-life' projects. However, small-scale pilots will not show all the complexities related to implementation on a larger scale.
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