Design Thinking for Teachers

Design thinking in the classroom has exploded in the last few years! In this blog, we’ll walk you through design thinking with resources, videos, guides, and more designed specifically for teachers in the educational space. What is Design Thinking?

The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Redefine Brainstorming If You Want Results. . It’s okay to hate Brainstorming. There have been many studies of brainstorming and articles written. The original guidelines of brainstorming (defer judgment, quantity of ideas, build on ideas, combine, etc.)


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Design Thinking Exercises and Activities

Learn about some of the most popular activities and exercises for design thinking. Here at Innovation Training, we’ve spent over a decade studying and applying design thinking techniques to help organizations and individuals create real, innovative change. Brainstorming.

Design Thinking the People-centric Modern Organization

Tullio Siragusa

Design Thinking the People-centric Modern Organization. Designed thinking can be leveraged to create better and more empathy-based organizations. . Empathy, along with self-awareness are the most important cornerstones of emotional intelligence, and foundational to design thinking. .

What Are Some Brainstorming Tools Your Organization Can Use?


Brainstorming is an important part of innovation. One study revealed 42% of organizations who are fast innovators are also strong game-changers. Regularly brainstorming directly contributes to how you innovate. Document collaboration is a great way to brainstorm ideas.

The single best way to improve your brainstorming sessions

Idea to Value

Brainstorming doesn’t work. And that is because most brainstorming sessions are not designed to deliver results for the company , only for the facilitator. You may have seen the four basic rules of brainstorming, taken from Alex Osborn’s Applied Imagination : The Four Rules of Brainstorming: Go for Quantity. However, the issue lies with the way that brainstorming sessions are usually structured: as a group activity.

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.

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.

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.

Brainstorming with an expert, Matt Nelson


In this installment of “Brainstorming with an [innovation] expert” we invite Matt Nelson from Hyundai. He just finished up his role as the Innovation and Technology Planner at Hyundai and is now returning to the University of Michigan to get his masters in Design Science. MN: I believe that any methodology has to be designed to fit the culture and capability of the company. Feasibility Study (Can we make it).

Research Design

Gijs Van Wulfen

When creating an argumentative essay, it is actually essential to notice a number of easy to understand suggestions with the very best consequence: 1st of all, just after you have got brainstormed the recommendations, arrange them into a checklist of damaging and beneficial factors. Dodge casual design and do not use contractions and slang expressions. If best suited, use quotations and studies, but typically point out the origin in the facts.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

What it is: TRIZ is a problem-solving, analysis and forecasting tool derived from the study of patterns of invention in the global patent literature. But I would also recommend the following books: 8 – Effective Brainstorming. What is it: Every company knows about brainstorming. This should always be done instead of traditional brainstorming. Incorporating feedback from multiple parties throughout the design and development process.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Choose from a series of 40 brainstorm facilitation modules.

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. Nine Brainstorming Bad Habits to Break 1.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation for Purple Strategies

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. A few case studies.

IDEATION 2020: Just-in-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. A few case studies.

IDEATION 2020: Online, Just-In-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the impact of their brainstorming sessions. Choose from a series of 40 brainstorm facilitation modules.

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

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. In the study, Elizabeth Ruth Wilson, Brian Lucas, and Leigh Thompson assigned 93 people to three-person groups. The scholars measured the outcomes of the ensuing brainstorming sessions on two dimensions. What happened in the brainstorming session itself?

The Need for Digital Innovation Platforms

Paul Hobcraft

We are seeing many digitally aware organizations like Apple, Amazon, Salesforce all recognizing their future innovation is reliant on innovation and digital to be tied at the hip, wedded together in a design that builds towards satisfying customer needs. We need to think this new digital innovation structure to have both internal disciplines in solutions but also designed for extended enterprise collaborations so “ecosystems of innovations” can finally take hold.

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Making the Case for a Design-Led Transformation

Boxes and Arrows

Given all the local and systemic challenges in healthcare, designers have the opportunity to make an impact in a high-risk environment that can be one day be linked directly to the improvement of patient outcomes. Design for Care , by Peter Jones, makes the case for a design-led transformation across the entire spectrum of healthcare to help solve these various problems. Traditional Design (traditional craft design processes). Design 2.0: Design 3.0:

BRAINSTORM TRAINING: OnSite, Online, and On-the-Fly

Idea Champions

Do the people in your organization treat invitations to brainstorming sessions like jury duty summons? Do people roll their eyes when the brainstorming is over, convinced that nothing new is going to materialize? Indeed, mastering the art of brainstorm facilitation is a kind of apprenticeship -- a transfer of tacit knowledge that is best sparked live and in-person. -- Two-hours. -- Half-day. -- One-day. -- Two-days. -- Three-days.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

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. And yes, that includes brainstorming, but more importantly, problem framing. Build Innovation From The Ground Up.

Four Innovation Lessons We Can Learn from Standard Bank


Employees could brainstorm, spot issues other departments might face and have them filtered out before the idea got too far along in the process. The route optimization software, given the name ‘Navigator,’ was designed internally and was built to take into account both needed maintenance and cost savings, so that route drivers didn’t have to hit every ATM every single day. Best Practice Case Study crowdsourcing problem identification refine standard bank track

Could Repeated Practice Reduce Creativity?

Michael Roberto

Brucks and Huang conducted three studies with over 800 research subjects. Brucks and associate professor of marketing Szu-chi Huang , regular brainstorming sessions are not likely to lead to an increase in unique ideas. brainstorming creativity design thinking teams

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Session Designs Don’t Engage. New Study: Drawing is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn. They go straight to brainstorming without preparing minds, and that’s a big reason sessions fail. Facilitators need to adopt experiential learning tools in their sessions designs. Innovation Session Designs Need More Variety. When you design innovation sessions: Use a variety of experiences. Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation.

Creating the Persuasive Pattern card deck

Boxes and Arrows

One of our finest tasks as designers is to filter the abundance of choice into easily digestible bits. This requires an endeavor into product psychology and the art of designing with purpose and intent. Stakeholders in design. All design has at least two stakeholders. Otherwise it is not design, but art. The business (or the purpose and intent of the design). Design without intent will most likely also suffer lack of future sponsorship in the long run.

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. brainstorming creativity design thinking

How Used Lean Innovation to Make Their Mission a Reality

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation Case Study: Bringing a New Product to Market Don’t have time to read the whole article? Download this case study to show to your team, colleagues or boss: DOWNload Case Study. Brainstorming and Prioritization First, the took the time to brainstorm and prioritize assumptions for each step of the value stream from dealers first becoming aware of the solution to being passionate about it.


How SAY San Diego is Using Lean Innovation to Create Real Change

Moves the Needle

Co-Authored by Heather Hiscox and Amelia Klawon Get the full case study to save for your records or to show to your leadership team here: Download Case Study. During the experiment (which was designed and launched in an hour), a, “secret shopper” posed as a parent in need asking for a very specific issue that was served by the organization. Case Study Social Impact


Students Under-Served by Higher Education


Heavily steeped in the traditional model of on-campus students who dedicate their university time exclusively to their studies, they were excluding a large portion of potential students who were just as dedicated to academic success. We launched each of the Prepare, Explore and Converge phases with an applied learning workshop that introduced new approaches in design thinking, strategic market fit and business commercialization. Case Studies Adjacent business strategy

Creative Problem Solving Templates

Creative problem solving is a foundation of many of the innovation and design thinking processes. From identifying the problem, to studying it, and then brainstorming how to solve it, there are many factors at play that can be improved through the use of a digital whiteboard tool like Miro.

Ways to Learn Creativity

Innovation in Practice

One approach is to study the functioning of the brain. Another school of thought is to study successful innovators like Thomas Edison and Steven Jobs. Sadly, most books don’t address it, and if they do, they’re usually suggesting some form of brainstorming, which has been proven not to work! He studied highly innovative products, initially to see what made them different from one another.



If you study it closely with an open mind, you will discover it is actually a woman. Study it carefully and you will see the woman. It might be hard to believe, but the two tables have the exact same dimensions! Measure both table surfaces with a ruler and prove it to yourself.

Succeeding in Zoomworld


We’ve done highly useful brainstorming, as well as scenario planning, and even some interesting work in strategy and urban design, all over Zoom. Plus …. OUR FORTHCOMING WHITE PAPER, NEW BOOKS, and a NEW ONLINE INNOVATION COURSE. SUCCEEDING IN ZOOMWORLD.

Jobs to be Done Framework Training

This downloadable canvas template features space to brainstorm for your own product/service challenge using the framework as a guide. Case Studies. The second template specifically guides you through creating need statements to drive innovation and design projects.

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.


Michael Michalko

In my years of studying creativity I discovered numerous techniques that creative geniuses used throughout history to create random conceptual acts to create novel and original ideas. Then invite the group to study the final sentence and build an idea or ideas from it. .

8 Ways Your Physical Environment Can Impact Productivity and Innovation


Overview : Studies have demonstrated that your physical environment can stimulate, or hinder, productivity and innovation. While arguments about the office air conditioning will likely never end, a study from Cornell University points out that warmer spaces are better for productivity.

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6 Building Blocks for Innovation Department Success


If one or two people dominate every brainstorming session or innovation meeting, there’s no point in having a team. In fact, a study by MIT and Carnegie Mellon found that teams where people’s contributions are more evenly distributed significantly outperform teams dominated by one or two loud voices. This may mean designating a specific project for team members to charge their time to while working with the team.

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Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. Min Basadur did a rigorous study on the topic, see here , and that’s not the only proof. Knowledge of frameworks like CPS and Design Thinking are essential. Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. Min Basadur did a rigorous study on the topic, see here , and that’s not the only proof. Knowledge of frameworks like Lean, Agile, CPS and Design Thinking are essential. Training Accelerates Innovation. 94% of managers are unsatisfied with their companies innovation performance. 70% of CEO’s see innovation as a key driver of growth.

How Universities are Using Crowdsourcing to Innovate


Centering some of the greatest minds in the world and giving them the freedom and brainstorming tools to investigate in their disciplines has pioneered social and economic change beyond all hopes. Here’s how crowdsourcing can push innovation further, from major studies to brainstorming tools. As you can see, from brainstorming tools to getting work done, there’s a lot of advantages to crowdsourcing. Innovation starts in more than just the library.