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Design Thinking Methodology In Action

17 Mar 2018 11:52 AM | Aminata N'Doye (Administrator)

Our speaker, Lee-Anne McAlear, promised us a hands-on experience in applying Design Thinking methodology – and boy, did she deliver!  Using a very simple example, attendees were paired in groups of two to work through the methodology. Pairs first started off by engaging their partner to understand their emotional drivers and other motivators. These were recapped into a problem statement, which was foundational for brainstorming innovative solutions. Solutions were shared, feedback was gathered and integrated into designing a new solution.  Lots of fun was had using unconventional materials to build prototypes. Once shared, additional feedback was gathered on what worked well and what could be improved.

What was really fascinating was the creativity each attendee showed in designing solutions and building prototypes (captured in the pictures below – thanks for taking these, Lee-Anne!).





There were several key takeaways from the session: the end-solution will be dramatically different than what is originally envisioned (which is a good thing!), the need to let go of preconceived notions/solutions and to leverage creativity instead, and not forming an attachment to the prototype/solution because there are multiple iterative stages with design thinking.

Though the example we played with was simple, the methodology is definitely transferrable to OD. Some participants shared how they integrated design thinking methodology in their OD work, which transformed outcomes.

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