Things You Must Know About Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process of solving complex problems with real world solutions that don’t focus on the problem at hand as much as the possible outcomes that could be solutions to this problem.

“How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things, but how well we are understood.” –Andrew Grove

— The first step to design thinking is always empathizing with the effected individuals. This step doesn’t end with acknowledging that there is a problem, but walking in the shoes of the ones that are affected.

— The design thinking process continues with defining your ideas on how to find a solution based on what the user needs. The first step bleeds into this one because once you have a basis for your individualized problem you can begin to imagine solutions that would fit best in that situation.

— This leads into the next step of the design thinking process which is to imagine. Conception of problem solutions is the next and maybe the most crucial part of design thinking. All aspects of the complex problem must be recognized and all possible solutions must be taken into account. If something is left out in this step and a possible solution is overlooked that could hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of the problem solution.

Prototypes are an essential part of many complex processes, and design thinking is no different. In order to ensure proper functionality of a solution a prototype must be built for testing purposes. A prototype should be assembled for the problem solution that seemed to be most effective in the previous step. Trial and error should be adhered to in this step.

Testing is the last step of design thinking. Prototypes must be tested in order to see of they are successful. The testing should then lend feedback that is useful for you and your subjects. These results should be pondered upon between you and the subjects to obtain maximum efficiency of the finalized product, and adjustments should be made accordingly.

The design thinking process is extremely efficient and useful in everyday life. Everyone can used design thinking to solve a variety of problems in their life. Design thinking can be used in business to define and solve problems that could be holding back the progression of your business. Take these need to know steps about design thinking and apply them to your everyday life and business decisions in order to be the most efficient and effective person that you can be.

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