I’ve talked about our leadership team’s experience with design thinking when we redesigned our high school trips earlier this year. As I mentioned, we literally learned by doing.
Today a small group of us were able to experience a 1 hour workshop from the d.school on design thinking. If you’re interested in a primer on design thinking, this is the one for you. It’s so easy to organize because you just need the video, a partner and some materials to use for prototyping.
Today’s group experienced the following:
- The pace is fast which is just part of the process. This workshop is an abbreviated process but in general, the pace is fast when you’re designing.
- You have to really learn about your partner during the process. You’re forced to study his/her process for giving gifts and learning as much about them and the process in a very short amount of time. At one point the facilitators tell you that the session should get emotional and people may cry.
- Prototyping can be quick and dirty and you need to share unfinished work to test out your solution. It’s somewhat strange to build a 3D item that shows a process.
- The process does lead you to test something and then make revisions. In this workshop you just don’t have much time to revise.
- You can really become engaged quickly when your working on a design challenge.
I see many ways that our organization can use these principles when we are looking for solutions. There is less talk and more doing and testing out concepts and you’re really focused on the users. I’m looking forward to finishing up the our trip project and starting something new.
- Bias for being more human centered
- Prototype Everything
- Bias toward action