Join Turi McKinley for an in-depth discussion in this video Aligning the team, part of Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization.
- Our work is often only as good as…the working relationship within the team.…Setting up that relationship well at the start of a project…and along the way can be easy for leaders to forget to do…or feel we already know each other well enough…that we don't need to do it.…This means teams often kickoff projects or phases of work…focused on the product or the goals…and the needs of the people who use it…but without aligning on the team member goals…and the team member needs.…
This team self-awareness is particularly important…in the context of design thinking…where people from different disciplines are collaborating…in experimental iterations filled…with a lot of creative ambiguity…where we need to trust each other's intentions…in order to manage the frustration that will show up.…There are many avoidable issues that can arise…over the course of a project.…I'm sure you've heard variations of:…"I didn't know you were going to be on vacation…"the week before we present to the CEO"…or "I'm trying to get better at research,…
The course opens with a definition of design thinking, including the roles and spaces required for success. You will then learn how to be a good design thinking leader, with specific advice on topics from setting goals to engaging the different skill sets and personalities in the room (introverts and extroverts alike). Next, Turi dives into creative collaboration: the heart of design thinking. She covers planning, research, and concept creation, and explains how to create a "service blueprint" that will help make the design a reality. Chapter 4 introduces prototyping techniques to advance the design.
Design thinking is all about collaboration so we've integrated a LinkedIn Group called "Design Thinking: frog + Lynda.com course." Throughout the course, the author will suggest opportunities for you to share what you're learning. You'll be able to participate in course-related discussions through your web browser at https://linkedin.com/groups/7022790 or via the LinkedIn Groups app, which is available for most smartphones. This is a great way to expand your learning and get additional insights from other members taking the course.
- Defining design thinking
- Implementing a design thinking mindset and approach
- Leading design thinking
- Aligning the design team
- Managing creative flow
- Guiding collaboration
- Generating hypothesis
- Prototyping fast and often
- Making a culture change