Quickly generate many possible solutions after identifying who the user is and what problem they have
Core team, stakeholders
Molecule maps help team members understand that there are multiple possible solutions to a user’s need, and that solutions are best understood alongside their relationship to these users and needs
Early in the project, normally during Kickoff and Inception.
There is currently a remote template available in Miro. Here you will find step instructions on how to conduct this practice remotely including general tips and info.
Review the Crafting a Molecule presentation and familiarize yourself with the concept, how to arrive at solutions, and how to identify anti-patterns.
Draw an example molecule on the physical or digital whiteboard
Get into groups of 3 or ask each person to draw 3 circles on a piece of paper and draw multiple molecules. Come up with as many solutions as possible.
Remote Tip: Many video chat systems support “breakout rooms” or similar means to temporarily divide large groups into smaller groups for closer collaboration. Also, feel free to use real paper and hold it up to the camera when the group is remote.
Tape or upload molecules onto the board. Treat these as assumptions to go validate.
Silent read & dot vote to get down to 1 molecule
Success is when you have agreement on the problem and solution (aka snapshot)to move forward with as a team. You’re doing it right when you are thinking of users as humans.