What is Hothouse?

A Hothouse is a collaborative, customizable workshop technique.

It helps organizations accelerate time-boxed problem solving, decision making, and results-driven outcomes that can be implemented immediately.

CapTech’s Hothouse process incorporates the agile fundamentals of rapid prototyping and “scrum” to create a compressed, iterative approach to product/service development that can be completed within days. A Hothouse shifts organizations into action, efficiently facilitating group problem-solving for timely results.

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Strategic Solutioning

Even the most successful organizations can get stuck on challenges that disrupt productivity and halt forward progress. When you need to tackle large, multifaceted issues in a short amount of time, a Hothouse is a powerful technique for identifying solutions quickly. A Hothouse approach can solidify your competitive edge and open the floodgates for innovative ideas that were trapped behind old processes and enterprise-wide silos.

How Does the Hothouse Process Work?

Organizational challenges can catch employees in a figurative hamster wheel, where the same issues just keep coming around and around. Hothouses significantly compress problem-solving time, shifting companies from the discovery phase to prototype in fewer than two days. The concept is based on three key elements:

  • Brings the right parties together to remove silos and allow teams to ideate solutions.
  • Reserves time to uncover the root cause of issues, then convert them into workable, solvable components.
  • Galvanize employees to act collectively to create real change. Efficient but collaborative, a Hothouse helps groups quickly develop grounded, specific solutions to big-picture, overwhelming challenges.

Client Story

Solving Complex Problems Collaboratively Using Agile Hothouse

A Fortune 500 insurance and investment company wanted to tap into new and innovative ideas coming from their employees. They knew that to do so, they needed a solution to improve their ability to reach across all functions and divisions, partner more effectively with third parties, and roll out product more quickly.

Dennis Bowne


Dennis is a thought leader in our Agile practice. He founded the User Experience service and built our Agile Transformation practice, providing guidance on Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile practices to multiple organizations.

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