design tool

Validation board

Follow a structured process to analyse and evaluate critical conditions in your strategy. Record learnings and insights and make changes to your strategy accordingly.


Time Needed

45 Minutes




Post-its, sharpies, pencils, paper


Individual or Group

How to use

Validation is an ongoing process and not a set-and-forget exercise. For every critical condition identified one or more hypotheses can be derived and tested. The test results will help in understanding what changes you should make on your initial strategy and/or how to accommodate for potential risks.

Step 1

List the conditions

Write down on top of each column a critical condition for your strategy. Critical conditions are characterised by high levels of uncertainty and dependence. If you need help identifying your critical conditions, download the Condition Matrix.

Step 2

Strategic test plan

For each condition, record multiple tests. Start by writing down a falsifiable hypothesis. Then describe how you will test that hypothesis. Specify the metric to be measured and the criteria for evaluating the test results. 

Example: We want to successfully launch an ice cream truck in a new area

Condition: New geography has to have a high amount of young families (the target audience)

Hypothesis: The number of schools in the area is above the average national number of schools.

Experiment: Count the number of schools in the neighbourhood and compare with national average.

Metric: # of schools

Criteria: If the # of schools is above X, then the hypothesis is validated.

Step 3

Reflect on results

After conducting the experiment, it’s time to evaluate the results and reflect on the new learnings. Be detailed about your findings as they can inform future experiments. Was your hypothesis validated? If so, move on to the next one. If not, take a step back and rethink your approach.

Example (Continuation)

Results: The number of schools was below X.

Insights: Although the number of schools didn’t meet the target, we found out that the two new schools are due to open next year.

Validation: Unvalidated → Rethink your strategy: Change location / Wait to launch next year / Do a new test to understand if families are already moving to the neighbourhood because of the schools that will open next year. 

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