No company can succeed on the brainpower of one person. Teams are the foundation of a successful workplace. But working in teams can have a fairly large cost: members must spend time building common ground — that is, a body of common knowledge, assumptions, vocabulary, and cultural practices. In strong teams, the common ground has already been established and the overhead of communication is outweighed by the benefits of collaboration. As a result, these teams are able to be not only efficient, but also produce high-quality, fruitful outputs.
How can companies support the process of building common ground in teams? Design thinking is a creative problem-solving approach that not only helps develop innovative solutions, but it can also facilitate the creation of common ground. …
Design thinking is nothing without design doing
So you’ve just come along to a design thinking crash course, or perhaps you’ve just watched an inspiring video or some blog posts about design thinking. You’re all excited about the potential of design thinking and keen to try it in your organisation. You walk into work the next day, and…. it’s business as usual. A few people might politely ask you about the course or listen as you share your new ideas, but then they get back to doing their work in the way they’ve always done it.
While there’s no doubt that it’s easier to apply a design thinking approach in your organisation when there’s a shared language and commitment from the team members, that’s often not how it works in practice. Here are six tips to help you apply design thinking back at work and get buy in from your colleagues. …
There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work. Its how startups are beating large multinationals every day…
This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of modern technology and modern business. That complexity takes many forms. Sometimes software is at the center of a product and needs to be integrated with hardware (itself a complex task) and made intuitive and simple from the user’s point of view (another difficult challenge). Sometimes the problem being tackled is itself multi-faceted: Think about how much tougher it is to reinvent a health care delivery system than to design a shoe. …
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Join a community of learners, do-ers and teachers. Journey through a Design Thinking experience, apply it in the real world, and go forth and teach others the methodology.
The best way to learn about design thinking is to do it, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out some of the books that help contextualize what we do, and what design thinking is.
If you want to deepen your understanding of design thinking process and application, here’s a book list to get you started. We’re being selective, not exhaustive, here — think of it as the “staff favorites” section in your local bookstore.
The Achievement Habit, By Bernard Roth
The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelley
Change by Design, Tim Brown
Design Thinking, by Nigel…