Tag: Understanding Design Thinking

07
Dec

Enabling Design Thinking

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter writes about one particular “fuzzy misperception wave” often appearing in Linkedin discussion groups.

“With some design thinking related discussion groups on LinkedIn now exceeding 80,000+ members, many new to the subject terrain, it is not so unusual for enthusiastic fuzzy misperception waves to build from one conversation to the next at a rapid rate. Like a fire-hose of run-away freight trains misperception waves seem to appear via social media at volumes that are no longer possible to intercept or comment on.

With everyone busy most practice leaders just let the waves flow hoping they will sort themselves out eventually. Some do. Some don’t. Some fuzzy waves are at times humorous and at other times painful to watch as they take hold and or grow.

Opposite to Donald Trump’s twitter postings, most practice leaders try to select their discussion participations and contributions carefully in consideration of limited time constraints..:-)

In this vein and considering the increasing impact of discussion groups we try to pick and choose which fuzzy misperception waves are important enough to comment on, to make more sense of and or to offer an alternate perspective on for our Humantific readers.

One such misperception wave, popular at the moment is depicting Design Thinking as a “mindset” thing.

Often seen in discussion threads is this murky phrase: “Design Thinking is a mindset not a process.”…On and on it goes being reposted many times by its advocates.”

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Read the entire post here on LinkedIn.

Related:

Humantific: Making Sense of Service Design Thinking

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & AGILE Method

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

 

 

 

 

 

15
Jan

Harvard Downstreams Design Thinking?

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter has published another post in his popular ongoing “Making Sense Series.

“We were delighted last week to see Harvard Business School doing a heads-up in the direction of the already existing design thinking leadership movement! Ten + years after it began that is real and long awaited progress! Wooooo Hooooo!

Rather slow to recognize the business communities significant interest in next generation design thinking capacity building Harvard Business School announced that it has awakened to the opportunity and will be in 2016 formally jumping into the design thinking education business.

“Harvard Business School is emphasising design thinking as one of its big focus areas for leadership teaching in the days ahead.”

Being strategic design practitioners involved in the innovation leadership skill-building and innovation methodology communities for many years we were particularly interested to see what Harvard has in mind…:-)”Continue Reading..

26
Jul

CEO’s Are Designers

We are always happy to see others being inspired by Humantific work and/or the ReReThinking Design Thinking work that we do via the ongoing NextDesign Leadership initiative. The interest in, and uptake of, Strategic Design Thinking for business continues at various speeds in numerous countries around the world.

The design community in Spain is just now (in 2012) beginning to have conversations regarding how to move beyond the narrow interpretation of design thinking as product and service creation. In a rapidly changing world, we know that narrow view to be ancient history.

Initiatives such as CEOs are Designers are springing up in Madrid, positioned as Best Sources for Understanding Design Thinking.”

Many conversations (in Spanish & English) are taking place on Design Thinking Spain on LinkedIn.

Humantific is happy to be contributing to those Spanish design community conversations.

Other conversations are ongoing (in English) on the original NextDesign Leadership Network on LinkledIn. It’s an open group, so anyone can join the conversations there. We are particularly interested in the application of design thinking in organizations and in societies, beyond product and service creation.

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Related: Managing is Designing? GK VanPatter in conversation with Fred Collopy, Ph.D. and Richard J. Boland Jr., Ph.D.