Mastering a new software takes time. When you're logging into FIBRES for the first time, you might be wondering, "Where exactly am I supposed to begin?". Once you get the fundamentals right, however, FIBRES is an easy-to-use solution for foresight work.
Here are five steps we might recommend any first-time FIBRES user to take, whether you're starting your foresight work from scratch, or switching over from another solution.
(Exception to the rule: if you have been invited as a Read Only user onto an existing FIBRES Account to browse and discuss existing content only - then you quite literally are not able to take the steps below.)
As one of the main capabilities of FIBRES is to allow you to collect, structure, and make sense of written inputs, you should start with adding your own first pieces of content. Yes, you might have automated inputs from numerous sources coming into FIBRES, too, but we still recommend you try this step in order to learn about some key features.
To get your own foresight work started, we recommend adding a few news articles by yourself into your FIBRES database. The easiest way to do this is with the FIBRES Web Clipper.
With the Clipper, you can add any web article into your FIBRES database with one click. Start by adding the Clipper to your browser:
Once you have the Web Clipper installer, think of a topic relevant to your business. Find 2-3 articles from anywhere in the open web about recent developments in this area, and add them to your FIBRES database using the Web Clipper.
Don't overthink the topics at this point. Add a few news articles about something that sparked your interest recently. Or think back to the last time you shared an interesting piece of news with a colleague and find several more similar to it.
You now have your first inputs in FIBRES, but none of them are linked to each other yet. Linking is a central feature of FIBRES that allows you to connect related items to start forming the bigger picture.
You can do this via several workflows within FIBRES, for example, with the Network Builder within an individual signal. So next, link your signals together:
Once you've linked your signals together, it's time to create a trend item. Perhaps your signals tell the story of a more significant development, a trend? If not, again don't worry – you should take this step anyways to understand how FIBRES works!
Create a new trend item by clicking "Create" and choose to create a trend. Name this trend so that it describes the combined effects of your signals. In the description, just summarize the phenomenon and perhaps some its effects on your business shortly in writing. Remember also to link your signals with the trend item.
You'll find step-by-step instructions for creating new content manually right here:
Now that you have a set of signals and a trend that summarizes those signals, it's time to add your trend on the Radar.
The Radar is a powerful summary view of your foresight work in FIBRES. It updates automatically based on how you've structured and assessed your data in FIBRES.
To add your trend on the Radar, open the trend and scroll down to "Position on Radar". When you've assessed all options (the defaults being time to impact, impact strength, and primary domain of impact), your trend will appear on the Radar. Again you will find step-by-step instructions here:
The steps above follow one possible foresight workflow where single inputs are first sourced, and then clustered for sense-making.
How you organize your foresight process is really up to you. Once you get the basics of FIBRES, you are free to bend the software to your will.
For example, you might want to start by adding known megatrends that affect your business and work your way down from there. Or ask us for automated inputs from public sources, commercial providers, and your own favorite sources, too!
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