Design Thinking: A Social Technology That Fosters Innovation


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Design Thinking for Schools

An exploration of resources and advice for design thinking in education. Design thinking is a unique learning and problem solving mindset that we highly recommend to innovation-minded organizations and businesses. Design Thinking Resources for Educators.


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Design Thinking Metrics and KPIs

Reviewing innovation metrics and KPIs to apply for design thinking stages. In this article, we take a look at creating simple design thinking metrics or KPIs that may be applied to your scenario. Design Thinking Metrics and KPIs. Design Thinking Innovation

Design Thinking Coaching

Design Thinking Coaching: 1on1 or Group. We can connect you to an excellent design thinking coach who can help you apply design thinking in your own work, with your teams, and within your organization. Design Thinking Leadership

Steps to Design Thinking in Practice

Are you interested in learning about the steps of design thinking so you can take action on applying the process? What is design thinking ? Steps in the Design Thinking Process. There are many frameworks or processes for design thinking that are used today.

What is Brainstorming?


Because brainstorming is basically coming up with ideas to find solutions, it is a process we do everyday. We are always solving problems and moving between conflict and resolution - often without even thinking about it.

Design Thinking for the Future of Work

In today’s post, we’ll explore how design thinking for the future of work can help businesses and organizations struggling to adapt to new workplace requirements and needs. . Design Thinking At Work. Design Thinking Workshops and Training.

Design Thinking & Human-Centered Design in Medical Devices & Pharma

Examples of design thinking and human-centered design in the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. What is design thinking and human-centered design? Take a closer look at design thinking and human-centered design on our blog.

5 Reasons to Bring Your Team Together for a Remote Design Thinking Project Now

At Sprintbase , we help businesses bring remote teams together to tackle the challenges they’re facing remotely using design thinking to find truly innovative solutions. Here we share five reasons why now’s the time to bring your team together for a remote design thinking project.

What is Mural and How to Use Mural for Design Thinking

Discover how this innovation tool can be used for your design thinking workshop or design sprint. Time and time again we have seen this tool mentioned as one of the best collaborative brainstorming and virtual whiteboard tools available.

Learning Design Thinking By Design Doing

Rmukesh Gupta

I was invited by the organising team of the Society for Technical Communication’s India chapter conference to introduce the concepts of Design thinking to the participants. The idea was to get them an experience which is as close to reality as possible of using the Design thinking methodology, in the time and space that we were allotted. Innovation Design Thinking DT introduction to design thinking STC what is design thinking

Design Thinking Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems


This is because they break down the complexity of processes so that the designer has a full 360-degree view of the problem, anchoring them in their way of thinking. Continue reading to understand what Design Thinking is and how DT tools can be the turning point for your business! What is Design Thinking. When we talk about Design Thinking , we are referring primarily to the way designers think. Design Thinking

11 Templates for Brainstorming

These top ideation and brainstorming templates from Miro can be used with your team remotely or in the same room. Interested in templates for brainstorming that you can even use with a team online? In this guide we will share some of the most popular brainstorming frameworks.

The Big Secret of Design Thinking? Doing.


That’s roughly the number of hits you get today on Google when you search on the term “design thinking.” Design thinking has come a long way since my days at IDEO back in the early ‘90s when the mere mention of the word “design” saw most technologists and non-designers frowning their brow with skepticism. What was design thinking before it was design thinking? Back then, this process wasn’t called design thinking.

Why Design Thinking Will Fail

Business Innovation Design

Similar concept applies to the most-hyped innovation process; Design Thinking. Not living up to the hype will be the cause of failure of Design Thinking as the sought-after innovation process. However there are good reasons why Design Thinking has been prominent in the recent years. Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving approach with specific tools, methods and mindset designers are adept in.

Applying Collaborative Innovation to Design Thinking

Innovation Archetecture

Of late, many have embraced the practice of collaborative innovation, with its application of social media to sourcing crowds and ideas, and design thinking, with its structured approach to vetting hypotheses about new business opportunities. This camp includes a growing cadre of design thinkers: people who apply the enquiry-driven rigor of the design practice to gestating new business opportunities. Design thinking begins with empathy for the customer.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstormingBrainstorming is Dumb. The big picture the article misses is that brainstorming is not a single tool, it’s a system. They mention Osborn in the article but don’t accept his definition of brainstorming.

The Essential Skills to Teach Intrapreneurs


At JR Simplot, a new cross-functional innovation initiative recently formed looking for ideas that would help optimize company efficiency, improve training programs, and more. And when they built this team, they realized that a big part of launching an innovation initiative was education.

Design Thinking is Hard on the Brain

Michael Roberto

In a new article published in Research-Technology Management ( When Cognition Interferes with Innnovation: Overcoming Cognitive Obstalces to Design Thinking ), my colleague Allison Butler and I offer one plausible explanation for why many individuals struggle with the design thinking process. We argue that design thinking is "hard on the brain." During the ideation stage of the design thinking process, fixation becomes a significant problem.

Better Brainstorming Meetings

Michael Roberto

Here are a few simple suggestions for enhancing your team brainstorming meetings. brainstorming creativity design thinking

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

The important aspect of the theory which most discussions ignore though is that while it is happening, management at the established companies think they’re making the right decision to let the new companies take over the low-end of the market. When should it be used: Any company which has or is thinking of building an Innovation Team / Department / Lab / Skunkworks should be aware of this concept of Dual Innovation and make sure your teams have the skills and permission to engage in it.

3 Innovation Specialists Busting the Myth About Brainstorming

Innovation in Practice

When thinking about creativity in teams, we often imagine a bunch of people in front of a flipchart throwing on the paper whatever comes to their mind – brainstorming. But, what actually is brainstorming? This is how Mark McGuinness defines the term: “‘Brainstorming’ is such a common word that it’s often used to describe any meeting or conversation designed to generate ideas. The danger with brainstorming is that quantity does not equal quality.

What is Invision Freehand?

Add this online whiteboard tool to your innovation and design thinking software toolkit. From Miro , Mural , Stormboard , Conceptboard , and FigJam , there are many different digital collaboration tools out there that can help you brainstorm and ideate with your design thinking teams.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. I’m going to focus on one problem with brainstorming in this post: lack of preparation. There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Start thinking of idea generation as a project that takes a few weeks, not a one day session. Use Diverse Springboards to Scaffold Thinking.

What is FigJam by Figma?

This online whiteboarding tool is the latest to be used for innovation, UX, and design thinking projects. FigJam, the latest addition to this list, is another fantastic option for design thinking and innovation projects that take place either in person or virtually.

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

Last week I was invited to run a Design thinking experiential workshop for the STC conference in Bangalore. I am sure that everyone of us, me included, have at one point or other, been invited to join in a brainstorm to come up with ideas to solve a given problem. As a design thinking coach, I end up facilitating a lot of such brainstorms as it is one of the core steps in the problem solving approach. Think about it.

What is Klaxoon?

Discover another digital collaboration tool for UX, design thinking, and innovation teams. In today’s blog, we’ll share some features and resources to help you determine whether this design thinking tool is right for your organization.

4 Persona Templates from Mural

You can better understand and design for your customers needs, behaviors, experiences, and goals. In this post, we’ll share several templates from design thinking and innovation software tool Mural that can help you design your user personas.

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc. Thinking Differently Takes Tools.

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Brainstorming at Google

Michael Roberto

Fast Company has published an article this week titled, "How to Brainstorm Like a Googler." In many ways, the title ought to be, "How Google Employs IDEO's Design Thinking Process." The article highlights the three broad phases of design thinking: understanding and empathizing with the users, brainstorming, and prototyping. The article has a couple of helpful tips and reminders for those engaged in brainstorming in their own organizations.

Rebuild Personas According to Your Next Product Innovation


Using personas in your design thinking framework is important, but are the results satisfying and clear? Enabling Factors Strategies adjacent possibilities brainstorm design thinking hidden needs personas product development prototyping unmet needs voice of customerIn this article, Product Innovation Manager Alex Igor Sanghikian discusses the Adjacent Possibilities framework for product management.

How to innovate in complex environments?

Board of Innovation

Design Thinking, again? By now, everyone has heard of design thinking and even debating whether or not it is already outdated. Well let me tell you, there are still many companies out there using design thinking methodologies successfully and organizations that have never even explored its benefits. design thinking Innovation charity Complex environments Hybrid Brainstorming Ideation New Services Wheel Tools

What is Miro and How to Use Miro for Virtual Collaboration

One such tool is Miro , who we feature on our design thinking software guide. Miro is a digital “whiteboard” platform that can make it easy to brainstorm and collaborate with members of your team or innovation program. Design Thinking Innovation

Framing the Question: Improving Your Brainstorming Session

Michael Roberto

They discuss the keys to an effective brainstorming session. During their discussion, they focused on important it is to frame the question properly at the outset of a brainstorming meeting. However, we also have to consider multiple frames as we pose the question(s) that initiate our brainstorming sessions. brainstorming design thinking framing innovationI listened recently to a Stanford Innovation Lab podcast with Professor Tina Seelig.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. I think I need the mental equivalent of a shot of wheatgrass. If you, and/or your team, don’t have an organic, natural access to creative thinking, tools like Agile and Design Thinking are running on empty. Beyond real world projects, I’ve studied the literature, theory, frameworks, strategy, thinking tools, facilitation, assessments, research, project management, team dynamics, and even improvisation.

Until You Have Creative Skills, Innovation Tools Are Useless


Everyone is selling either lean startup of design thinking; or both. Think about design thinking, for example. Sunil Malhotra asked for my view: Here’s my answer: Hello Sunil, I’m also not on the DT bandwagon not because I don’t believe it works but because I’m not a fan of template thinking. See, design thinking focuses on the two most important innovation activities that are hard to teach: empathy and experimentation.

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To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

It may seem like an obvious connection, but when I made the “innovation is learning” statement at a recent presentation — thinking everyone would agree — I got a room full of raised eyebrows. So, let me explain my thinking. That’s where you start thinking about what you might do, or change, in some area of expertise or knowledge. Some would call this market research, and by all means do that, but I think it goes deeper.

What is Stormboard?

The Stormboard online innovation workspace can help you run brainstorming sessions, meetings or events more productively. In today’s post, we’ll highlight another design thinking software tool that is full to the brim with features for virtual meetings and events: Stormboard.

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Preparing for a Better Brainstorm: Tell an Embarrassing Story?

Michael Roberto

She describes an experiment in which she and her colleagues tested the impact of having group members tell an embarrassing story about themselves before beginning a brainstorming session. The scholars measured the outcomes of the ensuing brainstorming sessions on two dimensions. What happened in the brainstorming session itself? They identified 26% more ideas during their brainstorming sessions, and the ideas ranged across 15% more categories than the "pride" groups.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

They may know frameworks, like Design Thinking or Agile, and a few tools, but very few have the extensive training and experience at hands-on facilitation required to make a difference. As an example, most brainstorming sessions fail because the challenge is not properly framed. A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea.

Podcast S3E29: Roger Firestien – Learning from the man who taught the creative process to the most people in the world

Idea to Value

Topics covered in this episode: 00:01:15 the foundational work of Alex Osborn, who invented brainstorming and then the Creative Problem Solving process, which had been validated by more than 150 research studies. 00:02:45 why “brainstorming” had got such a bad reputation, and why companies do it wrong. 00:08:15 the link between CPS and Design Thinking. Podcasts alex osborn brainstorming convergence creative problem solving divergence Roger Firestien

Could Repeated Practice Reduce Creativity?

Michael Roberto

Brucks and associate professor of marketing Szu-chi Huang , regular brainstorming sessions are not likely to lead to an increase in unique ideas. But it turns out that to get better at creativity, you need to do some creative thinking about creative thinking.”

Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban and Design Sprint: how to combine agile practices and gain more efficiency


Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban, and Design Sprints are just a few. With different looks, we can think of ideas that would not exist in a homogeneous group. What is Design Sprint? This is the value that Design Sprints bring to the table. What are the benefits of Design Sprint?

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