Paul Grimes – the Pokemon Company International
Organizations often make changes without a way to evaluate if they are getting the results they want. This can be true when incorporating a new tool, making changes to communication routines, or changing management structure.
The Product quality and Insights team at the Pokemon company international uses Proof of Concepts (POC’s) direct changes we want to make. Anyone on the team can write up a POC proposal for an idea they believe will make the team better. The proposal includes what they want to change, how long the POC will take, and what questions the submitter hopes to answer. The POC is reviewed and refined to determine the criteria for success. If accepted the POC is then executed and evaluated and if successful the change is adopted. This paper will look at both successful and unsuccessful POC’s, what was learned from each, and how using the POC process gives the team ownership of day-to-day work and the structure of the PQI team.