Understand the layers
By Ola Möller
Understanding the concept of card layers helps you, with the cards, to better design workshops. The cards are entry points for discussion. You can relate and think about each card in different ways. Keep in mind what mindset you use when you think about the cards.
Imagine that each card has multiple layers. The layers are different ways you relate and think about the card. The layers often contain information that you either know or want to find out.
What you decide to write down depends on what layer you are addressing.
What is the current state of the card right now? This can either be objective or your subjective (sometimes biased) view.
How far would you need to get for things to be consider a success?
You could explore everything from people vision to envisioning different scenarios (for example utopic, dystopic or status quo scenarios)
What happened before?
What are goals and milestones for each card?
Learnings connected to each card.
What are 3-5 tangible steps forward?
What scenarios could happen? This part could also be divided into for example utopic and dystopic scenarios.
What could solve problems in each part?
What do you envision?
Sort & assess
Ways to create layers
Use rows to define different layers with post-its
Using different post-it colors as layers.
Each post-it color would represent a different layer of a card.
Add as many rows as needed.
Different pen colors to represent different layers
Gray and red represent two different types of layers. One example could be that gray pen is used to describe the current situation while the red pen would describe new ideas.
Using rows on a long table
Here people write on paper cloth. Scotch tape is used on the paper cloth to divide the rows. Each card represents a column, so all things related to each card are only written in the assigned column.
The exercise The Long Table describes in-depth how this can be used.