During a period of 6 months, the 8 selected use-cases will build a minimum viable product (MVP) to test the technical feasibility and the market traction. The sandboxing phase is all about iterating on their use-cases in order to enter the next phase: the demonstration.

Period: September 2019 to April 2020

Selected use-cases: The following use cases entered the sandbox on October 1st:

Clean Energy Forecaster | Community Forecaster | EnleashFlexityMaka | SensaSoteria.

As illustrated by the drawing of Henrik Kniberg, the art of developing an MVP with an iterative approach resides in developing only what must be developed at each iteration versus developing nice to have features. That way, companies do not spend months developing a perfect product that is not meeting the needs of the end-users and the business requirements.

In this example, they are first testing whether people are interested to move faster thanks to a vehicle. In a second iteration, they improve the ability to choose a direction by adding a handlebar. In a third iteration, they improve the speed and comfort of the vehicle, etc.

At each step, the MVP is a vehicle that can already be used. Each iteration is therefore short and enables to review the priorities depending on the technical constraints discovered of the consumers’ reaction.

To reach that goal, 3 key ingredients are mixed together during the sandboxing phase: (1) a lean approach (2) demos to experts (3) collective intelligence sessions.

1 | Lean Approach

To acquire a lean attitude and an Agile way of working throughout the Sandboxing phase, the 8 selected use-cases are coached by a Scrum Master.

The Scrum Master helps the teams define the expected deliverables at each iteration, organize and prioritize their work, according to agile principles.

This implies to work with a “backlog” of tasks and prioritize them at each “sprint” to ensure continuous delivery and constructive feedback all along the Sandbox phase.

2 | Demos to experts

Feedback is a gift. During the sandboxing phase, the 8 teams will get the chance to present their progress 4 times to a panel of reknown experts in order to bring their use-cases to the next level.

Ronnie Belmans 

Damien Ernst

Grégoire Wallenbron

EnergyVille

Delta-EE

3 | The Collective Intelligence Sessions

To leverage the potential of an ecosystem, it is essential to encourage interactions between the ecosystem members. As Metcalfe’s law states, the effect of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system. The more interactions in a network, the more this network will be valuable.

Fostering interactions is only one ingredient of an innovative ecosystem. Another key ingredient resides in facilitating symbiotic relationships among the various use-cases. This requires an active effort by “collective intelligence catalysts”, bringing the talents of IO.E stakeholders to tackle each other challenges together.

All along the sandboxing phase, the use-cases will take part to 5 collective intelligence sessions.