Can you use design thinking in nonagile organizations? This online video suggests that the answer is yes, but only if you use agile techniques within your team, even though the broader organization follows a more waterfall project planning methodology. The answer might be to ask for forgiveness rather than permission.
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- For a design thinking approach to work,…your team must be able to stop, take stock,…and change direction based on the measurement checkpoints…that the design thinking process gives you.…If your organization is waterfall, or agile fall based,…this won't be likely to happen.…People are going to try and hold you…to your initial estimates, direction and plans,…even if it's clear those plans are wrong.…If that sounds familiar, don't worry, there's a simple…but slightly daring solution.…
That is, carve out a little area…where you do things differently.…Don't ask for permission, just do it.…Follow a lean or agile approach, start with a design…thinking exercise, and then move in iterative steps,…testing and learning as you go.…Now, obviously that's easy for me to say…and probably quite daunting for you to put it into practice,…however it won't take long before people see your team…moving faster, demonstrating business benefits sooner,…and delivering much more satisfying experiences…to your customers.…
It's worth the risk.…
In this course, Chris Nodder explains where design thinking fits into product development and what it can help you achieve. He describes each step in the process, from identifying the problem you want to solve and brainstorming solutions, to prototyping, development, and release. Learn about the pros and cons of this approach and how to overcome challenges such as organization inertia and silos. Done right, design thinking can start your organization moving toward broader user-centered design techniques such as information architecture, content testing, usability testing, and marketing research.
- Agile, lean, and design thinking
- Preparing to sell design thinking to your organization
- Finding the real problem
- Correcting course
- Offshoring and outsourcing
- Getting past organizational inertia and silos
- Tracking your success