# Week 3: Start testing and validating your ideas

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You now have a better understanding of your project’s value proposition and scope of your participation in this program. Taking into account the stage your project is in, you will formulate ideas and concrete tests that will help you make decisions for advancing your project.

E.g. if your project has already considerable user validation, and has a prototype, you may want to focus your tests on documentation, raising funds or community building. Also, they might be interested in learning specific tools such as freeCAD, KiCAD, etc.

# Goal of the week:

  • Learn to design and frame experiments to validate key hypothesis in your project


  • 👇 Watch this tutorial on how to make test cards with github issues

  • Extract 6 key hypothesis/assumptions that are related to your core value proposition

  • Design experiments (tasks) that tackle those specific hypotheses, goals, targets

  • Consider which resources do you need to achieve them. Which resources do you already have at hand? How can your mentor help you in getting those resources you need?

  • Open issues that describe the experiments you designed and use the project board in GitHub to reflect which actions you will take.

  • If you have new hypothesis and ideas update your canvas. What would you do to validate these ideas, what experiments would you design?

Hint: The first basic validation should be researching on how other people address the problems you are trying to tackle. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel!

Tools Use it for Examples & tutorials
Test card Designing an experiment Validate your idea with test cards
Learning card Use it to capture key learnings and new ideas based on those learnings Capture your learnings with learning cards
Github issues Write down your experiment/build as an issue with clear goal, Use github tags to categorize your issues
Github Project board Use it to prioritize the tests you want to run and also to assign it to participants
Draw with pencil and paper (keep it simple) Visualizing making your ideas more tangible Why is Sketching so Important?
CAD might come handy for certain projects but is not indispensable at this stage Tutorials - FreeCAD
Physical prototypes Testing technical assumptions in real life and easily iterate Overview of the Various Types of Hardware Prototypes