Often time, when devising platforms strategies, is easy to get trapped in fantasizing about network effects and phenomenal business models. On the other hand, it's easy to forget that an ecosystem that doesn't exist - or doesn't show a latent potential to express - is no fit for a platform strategy. We should always remind us that checking our assumptions before it's too late represents a non-negligible part of designing any strategy.
This week we took the chance to refine some final bits before our first Platform Design Bootcamp in Milan and we updated a support tool we created mothers ago to contextualize Blank's Customer Development praxis for the age of Ecosystems. Check out this blogpost, from two years ago, where we introduced out Cheatsheet for discovery interviews: a little update on the guidelines and the tool itself was due to incorporate key feedback.