ALT Space (or Alternate Space) is a 12-week, 20% time programme for teams pursuing innovations around a critical business or social challenge for your organisation. Teams are guided through a structured approach, tools, and have coaching across the five phases of moving a specific product or service innovation towards pilot or commercialisation in your organisation. Our clients sometimes refer to ALT Space as an innovation incubator or an innovation garage.
As teams work on an innovation project, they gain in-depth practice and build skills in the design thinking approach through a series of mini-workshops, weekly coaching, and our Design Thinking Toolkit. Teams run co-design workshops with stakeholders, work on building organisational buy-in for their innovations, and have touch points with senior management to validate the direction of their innovation.
Upon graduation, ALT Space teams have had the practical experience to coach others in the organisation through design thinking projects. ALT Space is a vehicle to make a more agile and innovative work culture within the organisation business as usual.
ALT Space provides the structure, guidance, and skills to move an innovation project forward and tackle the roadblocks your innovation team will encounter on the journey.
ALT Space teams receive our Design Thinking Toolkit, which includes method and process cards that guide teams through applying a broad array of design thinking tools, whether it’s planning an excursion to get customer insight or quick ways to prototype a service.
Creating the space and time for innovation looks different in every company. We do concentrated sprints of work and participants have coaching calls between sprints, allowing participants to manage their own time.
Develop the depth of skill of design thinkers across the organisation by working on a real project with coaching from experts
Act as a platform to launch innovation projects that are significant to the organisation
Build a cadre of internal design thinking coaches who have sufficient practical experience to provide guidance to other teams getting starting with design thinking
ALT Space is available in multiple languages and locations, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and more.
Participants get access to digital copies of tools and frameworks you can use in your organisation to apply design thinking.
We recommend 5-6 participants per team and up to 3 project teams working ALT Sprints simultaneously.
Participants learn interviewing and other anthropological approaches to deeply understand users
Participants reframe the challenge by uncovering new angles or opportunities for change
Participants develop and categorise ideas before fleshing out a direction for their solution
Participants identify key risks, develop prototypes to test those risks, and iterate
Participants learn about how they can bring design thinking into their everyday work