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. Ideate. Design Thinking Resources for Educators.

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

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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 ? Design thinking is a popular approach to getting started with innovation that begins with empathy and understanding the needs of your users or customers. Steps in the Design Thinking Process. There are many frameworks or processes for design thinking that are used today. Ideate.

How to Run a Virtual Design Thinking Project with Remote Teams

In this guest post, learn how to effectively implement a virtually-led design thinking project. Design thinking is a hot topic for business these days, and it’s no surprise. McKinsey & Company research shows that “Design-led organizations realize 10% more revenue than ones that aren’t.” And the Design Management Institute found that design-driven organisations outperform the S&P 500 by a whopping 219%. A REMOTE DESIGN THINKING JOURNEY: 1.

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

Examples of design thinking and human-centered design in the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. Through the use of methodologies like design thinking and human-centered design, hospitals and other medical organizations have been able to better serve their patients and address specific problems or needs. What is design thinking and human-centered design? Design Thinking Innovation

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. Ideation Tools.

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. After a lot of deliberation and ideation, we decided to use the process and explore if we can make documentation fun. 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.

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.

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.

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. In recent weeks, we’ve shared information about different remote working software tools for innovation as well as design thinking software such as Miro.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ideation: Anatomy of a New Product Idea


Ideation: Anatomy of a New Product Idea. Brainstorming. Brainstorming is a concept generally known. WATCHOUTS : Psychologists warn that brainstorming teams are subject to groupthink, which may cloud the judgment of decision makers to keep doing what they think would work, rather than adapting with what their clients need. Which is why we’re proponents of Design Thinking (DT). What do they think they know? Taivara Blog Post by Kevin Dwinnell.

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. There are specific tools for visioning, problem framing, and ideation etc. 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.

Why Do Some Brainstorming Sessions Suck?


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.

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. Brainstorming done effectively, more ideas, better ideas, and powerful tools for amping and refining ideas. Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. More effective innovation cycles, more effective brainstorming. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation. The customized session design and associated proprietary tools in Digital MoshPit are only available through GFi. The secret sauce in the design of a MoshPit session is how fresh thinking is scaffolded through the discovery and idea generation process. This is not your Dad’s brainstorming.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. I’m also a bit weary of chasing or developing the latest, greatest, and most sophisticated tool for ideation. 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. And yes, that includes brainstorming, but more importantly, problem framing.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

How do you integrate all this new fancy stuff into strategy and ideation to create actual projects? Innovating with digital technology requires a blended approach, truly diverse teams, training, and new ideation methods. Because it requires unique thinking skills to understand what’s possible technically, and , think up meaningful-to-consumers inventions and applications. You can’t think up ideas for something you don’t understand.

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. The software allows you to create notes and designs, move things around, and communicate through embedded video calls or online chats. Service Design Show: Using Miro to Create Customer Journey Map. Design Thinking Innovation

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Top Human-Centered Design Resources

Discover our guide to human-centered design books, articles, tools, and other resources. One up-and-coming innovation framework is human-centered design, an approach centered around the end user and their unique problems and needs. Learn more about this approach as well as the top books, articles, videos, tools, and other resources for human-centered design below. What is Human-Centered Design? Human-Centered Design Books, Toolkits, Videos, Guides.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

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. There is no reason why a MoshPit session can’t be done within any other innovation method, be it Design Thinking, Lean, or whatever your organization uses.

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. How to plan and execute training, ideation, strategy, and brainstorming sessions. Innovation Intensive . Thursday, September 13, 2018, The Keith House, Chicago. Master Innovation Trainer: Gregg Fraley. Register Now:

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

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. Yes, you can train people in creative thinking, Front-End-of-Innovation (FEI) frameworks, and in meeting facilitation.

What is Shape? IDEO’s Latest Innovation Tool

Shape is the latest collaborative digital software tool created by IDEO to help with innovation and design thinking projects. This software platform was designed to be fully customer-centric – allowing users to quickly gather feedback and collaborate on new ideas.

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Best practices: How to facilitate a virtual workshop?


This is the time for any organization to involve people to think together and share ideas, engage and progress collaboratively?—?even These tips are from more than 500 remote collaboration and ideation workshops we have facilitated virtually. These were ideation sessions for large enterprise employees, virtual Design Sprints including startups and mentors. When you start your preparation and drafting your agenda, think backward from the why. Ideation, 4.

How a (crowdsourced) idea becomes a product


But that campaign, and other ideation campaigns like it, didn’t require any creative problem solving. To gather new ideas, his team traditionally holds brainstorms, listens to end users and talks with cross functional teams. But Rich and his team wanted to go out to the crowd, to generate new ideas within a group of qualified ideators outside the four walls of Sterilite. They used these meetings to brainstorm around how to make the ideas, or adjacent ideas, a reality. .

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Essentially this is intensive, hands-on workshop that trains people in innovation frameworks, and tools for strategy, ideation, research, and project management. I’ll touch on topics like innovation frameworks (including Design Thinking ), cycles, team formation, C hallenge Mapping , usage of trends and research, idea generation or brainstorming techniques, idea or concept development, usage of story and improvisation, and more.

Affinity Diagram Template

During the ideation and brainstorming process, exploring as many ideas as possible and collaborating together with your team is key. Virtual innovative teams can easily collaborate online using a design thinking software tool like Miro. It is commonly used in innovation-focused brainstorming sessions to generate, organize, and consolidate information related to a product, process, or problem.

Brainwriting Template

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. The technique can be used in multiple projects or work cases, such as marketing, design, product/service development, and more. One of the biggest advantages of brainwriting exercises is their ability to include all participants in the brainstorming and ideation process.

Zapps: Zoom’s Latest Feature Adds Integration Apps

Below, we’ll cover a few notable tools that we recommend specifically for virtual innovation- and design thinking-oriented teams. Miro – This collaborative whiteboard platform is incredibly useful for running virtual brainstorming sessions and workshops to plan projects.

What is Conceptboard?

This visual collaboration workspace is being used for innovation and design thinking workshops and projects. As a continuation of our initiative to highlight some of the top online collaboration tools and resources for innovation and top design thinking software tools , this post will focus on another software tool designed for collaboration: Conceptboard. Easy to use templates to get started quickly with brainstorming, meetings, product development, and more.

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Top Remote Working Software Tools to Innovate & Collaborate

We’ve compiled this “meta-list” from looking at the software tools that were recommended again and again from 30 different innovative designers, collaborators, and facilitators who were posting their own lists of recommended software and online tools in our social networks. Online Whiteboarding, Ideation, & Collaborative Visualization. Create diagrams, brainstorm topics and ideas, and facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops.

Gregg Fraley - Untitled Article

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. Gregg instructs ways to blend frameworks and use the best tools within frameworks such as Lean, Agile, CPS, or Design Thinking. Importance of thinking diversity.

Creative Problem Solving Workshop

Creative problem solving is an innovation framework focused around better ideation and brainstorming sessions. Organizations, companies, and educational institutions are just some of the groups that can benefit from our in-person creative problem solving workshops, as well as our other online programs for innovation and design thinking. Our programs are designed to be highly collaborative so that every member of your team will get involved in the process.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training

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. . Divergent and convergent thinking must be balanced – know when to practice each one. Ideate: brainstorm and explore ideas. Sometimes you need to walk away from the challenge and give your mind some time to reflect and think in the background. The Creative Thinking Handbook.

Are We Taking the “U” Out of UX?

Boxes and Arrows

What is a UX designer? Some excerpts: Work with the development team to follow a user-centered design approach as you work collaboratively to brainstorm and design innovative solutions to complex problems. Make recommendations to team members about which usability methods to use to answer their questions about users and design directions based on projects’ needs, goals, and constraints. But it seemed that they really wanted a visual designer who could prototype.

What is Lean Innovation? Components and Examples

Moves the Needle

And in practice, we combine three important ideas: design thinking, Lean Startup, and agile methodology. What is Design Thinking? Design thinking is a way of problem solving that evolved out of applying the scientific method to the process of design. In this way, lean innovation and design thinking go hand in hand. But design thinking alone is not enough. Where design thinking ends, Lean Startup begins.

Non monetary incentives


She loves the Betterific community, finds tremendous value in the brainstorming and connection with other members and companies. She’s encouraging us to think through rewards beyond our current roster of incentives. With our crowdsourcing, design-thinking innovation challenges, here is the rewards that winners get: -(1) Grand prize wins between $350-500. The Betterific member suggested we endorse them on LinkedIn for Design thinking, ideation and brainstorming.

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

Idea to Value

These are the activities and skills which are required for a team to ideate, design, test, iterate and pilot a new innovation. Idea Generation: Generate creative new ideas that address the identified challenges, beyond basic brainstorming exercises. When many companies say they can help build innovation capabilities, what they actually mean is they can help you learn about new ways to brainstorm or use design thinking.