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Organize a Jury

In this video, Tom explains how forming a Jury will help your project to succeed.
A useful exercise during Sid co-creation sessions is to use a jury system as a form of evaluation a jury consists of several experts that are not part of the co-creation process that you keep up-to-date and then invite to give a perspective or criticism on what you’ve been doing so far. Basically it is a way for you to reflect outside of your little group dynamic and to see if you can fertilize this with new ideas, but also to get a critical idea of what certain experts think perhaps from certain specific disciplines during the process. You basically go through a small Sid cycle.
So you take 15 or 20 minutes to introduce the goal of the project the analysis that you have done the understanding that you’ve arrived from it from step 3 the solutions that you have found and perhaps even the road map that you have sketched. so far, then you invite a jury to reflect on it and to criticize on it and ask them to at least be constructive to say things how they would like to see it better or what concerns they have that you think that you should solve during this process is very important to know down write down or record what the jury is sharing with you.
It’s usually very useful information to take along the next day when you’re restarting the co-creation process during a five-day co-creation session. Typically include juries twice once at the end of day one. Once you’ve had the chance to cycle through the method twice once in the morning once in the afternoon, and that really helps you to focus whether or not your goal is right whether or not your preliminary kind of ideas of mapping are in the right direction and one time at the very end on the last day where you spent the last day mostly kind of re-evaluating what you have done and then using that as a form of communication.
towards the jury that you can then walk through the entire project and explain what came out of it get feedback and then use that in the rest of the process to improve the project.

An evaluation session with an external jury helps to check the process, cull excess ideas, and refocus the session.

To perform such a session, you should invite several experts from outside of your organization. These experts are often stakeholders in your project. Take 15-20 minutes to explain the project. They will provide you with expert advice, and the jury session helps to evaluate the process itself.

You can review the goal, the mapping, if the mapping is understood, what ideas for solutions have come forward, and/or if the roadmap is complete or missing something. You can also ask each participant to personally evaluate the process. This strengthens the understanding of each group member’s perspective to one another and provides space for focused dialogue.

Remember to write down the ideas that come up during such sessions on a sheet, to return to later, as a collection of ‘best ideas at the time’. This is helpful to keep track of the shifting perspective of the group as the session progresses.

This should be done several times during SiD sessions to effectively cycle through the process of both generating ideas and selecting and eliminating them.

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