Design Thinking for Schools

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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.

The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

The Sins That Ruin Idea Generation. Redefine Brainstorming If You Want Results. . It’s okay to hate Brainstorming. ” Well, you bother because you need ideas. There have been many studies of brainstorming and articles written.

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What is Brainstorming?

Pondr

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 Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems

mjvinnovation

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

Brainstorming Rules (What are the Rules for Brainstorming Sessions?)

InnovationTraining.org

Brainstorming” as a concept was originally devised by Alex Osborn as a group ideation activity. Today, many people just consider individual idea generating (or thinking) as brainstorming – when it was originally meant to be a group experience…a brainstorming session.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines! 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. Use Diverse Springboards to Scaffold Thinking. Expand the thinking team.

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.

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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.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Deliberately embracing learning — as part of the innovation process — can lead to better ideas and improved innovation results. 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. Some would call this market research, and by all means do that, but I think it goes deeper.

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.

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.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework. Seven Innovation Fundamentals: Applying creative thinking to problems. Creativity, and creative ideas, are essential ingredients, and, without other fundamentals , like projects and implementation — great ideas are a waste of time. Think about the vibe or overall morale of your organization.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Session Designs Don’t Engage. They go straight to brainstorming without preparing minds, and that’s a big reason sessions fail. All these modes of experiential learning scaffold thinking to high levels of understanding. That improved understanding, directly applied to an innovation challenge, is how you get to a breakthrough idea. Insights gained inspire ideas to create something new. Sessions often fail to find breakthrough ideas.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. Design Thinking is a popular framework that is viewed as best practice, but it’s only part of the solution. The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use.

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. Generate as many ideas as possible.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation. GFi is now offering a new version of MoshPit to discover ideas that exploit new digital technologies. Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions. This is not your Dad’s brainstorming.

Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

MCPS is a three-phase structured process of exploration, ideas, and action. As you learn more MCPS thinking tools, creative power grows. MCPS perfectly complements innovation frameworks like Design Thinking, Agile, and Lean, and quality frameworks like Six Sigma.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Thinking about things is not innovation. Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Brainstorming sessions are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Design Thinking is not innovation. DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats are not innovation. Monitor progress of the project cycles and expect to get pitched on various ideas. Projects, Projects, Projects.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. It’s my contention that a lot of breakthrough innovation is left on the table because not enough thinking work is done to combine well known, if very disparate, concepts. The scaffolding for mash-up thinking in the IdeaKeg framework is a necessary factor in any complex concept blend. This is not Post-It Note brainstorming folks. What’s Really Needed is an Innovation MoshPit.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. Inexperience in: the kind of divergent thinking necessary to innovate, in specific meeting behaviors and facilitation skills, and in innovation process, approaches and frameworks. But none of them, or all of them together, are enough to overcome untrained thinking, poor session facilitation, and an un-anchored or non-existent innovation approach.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate a strategy, innovation, or idea generation session I usually find a great deal of energy. Specifically: No fluidity in free-associative divergent thinking necessary to innovate — people do not know how to think like innovators! But none of those factors, or all of them together, are enough to overcome untrained thinking, poor session facilitation, and an un-anchored or non-existent innovation approach.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. That’s old school thinking. When asked to support innovation, or integrate new ideas from an innovation team, they resist — because they are being paid to execute, not experiment. The “ideas” become complaints. Then there is usually not enough communication about what is done with the few ideas that do have merit.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. More ideas, better ideas, and tools for amping and refining ideas. Innovation Intensive .

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans. If you’re with a non-profit you might find that this training is the perfect thing for creating better services and experiences for your support bases — and how about better ideas for fund-raising?

If You Want To Learn Problem Solving, Learn From Designers

Game-Changer

My response: If you want to learn about problem solving, learn from designers. Design for me isn’t about how pretty something looks, but how it works. I don’t write a lot about design in this blog but I do have a very deep respect and admiration for it. One big influence in my life was my Grandfather, who was a multidisciplinarian: designer, maker and architect. This is why I believe you should learn from designers if you want to learn problem solving.

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Why Do Some Brainstorming Sessions Suck?

Innovationship

9 BAD HABITS TO BREAK FOR BETTER IDEATION Time flies, seasons change, and before you know it, the annual barrage of articles trashing the validity of brainstorming is once again upon us. To argue that brainstorming doesn’t work is to simply ignore the thousands of amazing ideas and innovations that came to the world as a result of countless sessions of collaborative creativity that was, for all intents and purposes, brainstorming. Brainstorming is similar in that way.

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. People got worse at one type of idea generation, even as they thought they were getting better at it.”

Creativity: More Ideas Leads to Better Ideas

Michael Roberto

For years, design thinking advocates such as the practitioners at IDEO and instructors at the Stanford d.School have argued that creative problem-solving techniques should first focus on generating lots of ideas, while deferring judgement.

Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking alone will not guarantee success (or any other framework, Agile, Lean, etc.). Very few organization’s are any good at all at Brainstorming/Idea Generation. What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. But you probably are not! Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge, in no particular order. Lack of Managment support will effectively kill any innovation program no matter how well conceived.

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Gregg Fraley

“Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley. Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking is comprehensive in its approach and provides compelling methods, insights, tools, and stories from master trainer, Gregg Fraley. The focus is on the front-end-of-innovation, where challenges are identified, ideas are generated, refined, and pitched to management for further development and resourcing.

Nominal Group Technique Training

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Learn about this group problem-solving and solution generating approach. Teams that struggle to be productive and efficient in brainstorming and problem-solving sessions may be interested in the nominal group technique (NGT). Brainstorming templates.

Naming Workshop

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Create and choose the right name to define your idea, company, brand, product or service with a naming workshop. We can take our decades of experience to design an innovative learning and naming workshop experience just for your organization. Design Thinking for Naming.

Brainwriting Template

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6-3-5 Brainwriting is a group-structured brainstorming technique that is a highly collaborative way to generate as many ideas as possible in groups within a short period of time. They can also create three new ideas based on what has already been written down.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training

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One such approach is creative problem solving, a methodology focused on divergent thinking. Conventional thinking is countered with looking at the problem in a different way. . In the later half of the 2010s, this model was reworked to four steps that can be used to generate innovative, effective solutions for organizations and businesses. Divergent and convergent thinking must be balanced – know when to practice each one. Ideate: brainstorm and explore ideas.

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

Most companies don’t understand that innovation isn’t just a single process that can be improved, but the result of capabilities existing within the company which enables ideas to be developed and scaled into solutions.

Invention vs Innovation – 4 Must-Have Skills

Inceodia

This doesn’t mean that all invention is technological – think McDonald’s invention of a repeatable system that ensured the same experience for customers around the world. When I was in R&D at Hewlett-Packard, we were excellent at designing and building solutions. And they need to have design skills, the ability to see how to craft solutions that are simple, elegant and useful. Take an introductory design thinking course from Stanford’s d.School, IDEO or Acumen.

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Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges

Econic

More and more companies are finding approaches worth repeating, getting promising new ideas into their customers’ hands, delivering value, and making revenue. If the people in your organization don’t get why you’re innovating, you’re going to have a hard time harnessing their talent, support, energy, ideas, and expertise– and you’ll need all of these if you want to be successful. Think about if you were to start measuring that, what behaviors would you start getting more of?

Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges

Econic

More and more companies are finding approaches worth repeating, getting promising new ideas into their customers’ hands, delivering value, and making revenue. If the people in your organization don’t get why you’re innovating, you’re going to have a hard time harnessing their talent, support, energy, ideas, and expertise– and you’ll need all of these if you want to be successful. Think about if you were to start measuring that, what behaviors would you start getting more of?

33 Routes to Open Innovation

Open Innovation EU

It has been a while since Henry Chesbrough coined the term Open Innovation and formulated it’s definition: “combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.” The goal of this framework : to give you an idea of all the possibilities that come with Open Innovation, where you could start and in what stage of your internal process it comes in (most) handy. Route 10: Co-design.

Déjà vu all over again: Corporate innovation is stuck in a rut

The Future Shapers

Enable the organization to innovate by design. Strikingly, although you’d think that “build investment capacity for change” would be focused on improving innovation skills and change capacity, the Accenture report recommends cost cutting and divesting of under-performing assets to free up capital for new opportunities. That is not to say that these organizations have never conducted innovation activities, or attempted tasks like brainstorming or idea generation.

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