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Whatever happens, we don’t want people to write to the Daily Mail”

Huge business change has to start somewhere.  A new book from the team at Fluxx: “Whatever happens, we don’t want people to write to the Daily Mail” aims to show hungry business people how to quickly unlock potential and reinvent a business – with a ‘test and learn’ approach to new ideas and projects.

Fluxx is a London-based business experiment consultancy, and has delivered the antidote to complex business theory.  Its fascinating collection of stories, tips and advice gives a look behind the scenes of some of the most effective business experiments carried out.

Read anecdotes from the Fluxx team, doing anything from choosing dog treats to pretending to be a ticket machine or a chat-bot.  The book explains how quick experiments can turn into successful new products, and even reinvent the way an entire business works.

For this new book, Fluxxcalls on a bank of knowledge gained from working with everyone from Lloyds Bank, GAME, More Than and William Hill to the UK Parliament.

Richard Poole, managing partner at Fluxx explains: “Ideas arrive as a pitch; a PowerPoint deck selling a dream accompanied by a spreadsheet filled with hopeful numbers. Leaders have to make decisions about these ideas before anything has been built.

“Often ideas live as pitches for years, some become projects.  Budgets are attached, staff are hired, plans are drawn up. Eventually, the product is launched and exposed to the real world for the first time.
Sometimes, this is a shock. The real world is messy and confusing. Customers don’t do what they said they’d do in focus groups.

 “We learned the idea of lean business experiments from start-ups that have successfully scaled up. Someone bootstrapping an idea from their kitchen table can’t afford to waste time or money on ideas that are unlikely to succeed.”

Four types of Fluxx experiment featured in the book:

  1. Wizard of Oz: to the customer, it looks like an all singing all dancing product. Behind the scenes it’s held together with manual labour. That cool chat-bot? Really a human being. This works well when the service will rely on complex automation or an elaborate supply chain.
  2. Fake Door: use advertising, websites or videos to explain your proposition before you create a real service. Ask customers to commit in some way, for example by signing up for a newsletter or giving a deposit. This is an effective way of gauging market desirability with little effort, and powers services like Kickstarter.
  3. Lookalike: Use existing tools to simulate the service that you plan to provide. Create something that is as close to the service you envision as you can get using whatever tools you can find. Sometimes, even rebranding a competitor’s product can help customers understand your idea.
  4. Popup: Create a handheld, small scale version of your experience for a short period of time. Pop-up experiments are often restricted to people in a local area. While often requiring a lot of effort they provide an opportunity to see exactly how people interact with the product or service.

Read more here in the book.

For more information on Fluxx, visit

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