Project Everest

Adopted Experiment

[Experiment Adopted]: Timor Fuel - Offer Testing

Lean Phase: Problem

Assumption: The community in Hera and around Dili will be interested in a solution to address their problem with cooking fuels (see separate Problem post).

Timeframe: 2 week of testing in the Hera & Dili region.

Success Metric:

Success will be measured through the number of people who are interested in or actively looking for a solution to their fuel/cooking issues.

Post-experiment actions:

Success point: If 15% of the responses are positive, that they are interested in a solution to these problems (a specific solution is even better), the experiment is considered a success. 

Green Light Proceed:  Move to currency testing to determine willingness to pay for a solution.

Orange Light Optimise: Speak to the community about what kind of problems they have around fuel/cooking and re-evaluate the problem definition. Repeat offer testing with revised problem set and possibly new potential solutions if promising.

Orange Light Point: If less than 15% but more than 7% of responses are positive then the experiment needs to be optimised.

Red Light Failure: Re-evaluate the problem definition and look at whether the core issue is not fuel or cooking but something related to but separate from those.

Red Light Failure point: If less than 7% of the responses are positive the experiment will be considered a failure.


The experiment:  Ask questions to validate whether the problem is understood well by us or not.

Examples of this are:

“Do you have to use/buy lots of firewood in the wet/dry season?” – Would you like to use less?

Is there lots of smoke present when you are cooking? – Would you prefer to have less smoke? (Cleaner air if cooking inside etc.)

After these are asked, OFFER to solve these problems. “We are looking at a solution to these problems, would you be interested?” It is important not to provide too much specific detail, only to gauge if they are interested in a solution in general, to understand if they are aware of the problem or not.

If yes, get some kind of call to action, could be a phone number, email address, or simply names and village for them to display some level of quantitative interest. If they are unwilling then that is okay and we might need to adjust our problem definition through more empathising.

If responses are positive and they are asking questions about what the solution would like, you can ask what kind of solution do they think would solve their problem. Allow them to come up with ideas first. Can then prompt them with the idea of a cookstove. Responses to that and also asking questions is regarded as positive results.

Script to be posted below in comments when complete.

edited on 12th December 2018, 00:12 by Lucy Preiss

Jimmy Bayssari Oct 19, 2018

Status label added: Experiment adopted

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Caleb Bernard Oct 26, 2018

Looks great!

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Lucy Preiss Dec 6, 2018

Hi! Can you update this post with the script and the number of surveys you are aiming to complete? Thanks

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Luz Gilbert 6 months ago

Make sure you are sticking to only discussing the solution here (you could link to the problem post rather than discussing in the first and second paragraphs).

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