UX Designer @ Aviture, Inc.
The root cause for confusion here is that people take UX as a subset of design. In truth, UX is the outcome of not only design, but many other disciplines, factors & circumstances.
Design Thinking is the decoupling of Design from any specific toolset (Industrial Design, Architecture, Graphic Design) and recognising that the process can be applied to any problem space.
…each team should know which mode they’re in. Two teams working on optimization, one on exploration. I don’t think it’s realistic for the same people to be both at once.