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Tool: Five Whys (root causes)

The story behind this technique is really simple. Anyone who has kids already knows this, and if you do you probably smirked at such a situation at the shops one time or another. For some reason the older we get, the more we forget! Young wee kids don't...

Three thinking modes – no, they don’t exclude each other

With the development of problem-solving techniques and methodologies, some simple and known concepts are getting their revamped life. So now, especially working in design thinking, when I approach something in an A->B->C way, I hear: "oh, but you need to...

Tool: Six Thinking Hats (ideation and feedback)

Six Thinking Hats method was given to us by the (as I call him, at least) father of lateral/creative thinking, a Maltese physician, psychologist, philosopher, inventor, and consultant Edward de Bono. If you read my blog or follow my love for design...

Quality or quantity, that is the question!

Of course, you probably guessed - it depends! Masterpiece - quality. Books - quantity (haha). Friends - definitely quality. But I would like to focus on the "quantity over quality" rule that is everpresent in design thinking, brainstorming, design...

Podcasts about design thinking (List 2)

Pretty straightforward. Below is a list of episodes that talk about design thinking. The bad, the good, all. Welcome to list number two! The Crazy One - three episodes on design thinking Performance Matters Podcast - Episode #3 |...

Life lessons from a baking show

I feel like in the world of the kitchen there are three types of people: + The Burners - "I'll burn your house trying to boil some water!" + The In-Betweeners - "Eggs and beans on toast, and Cup-a-Soup, heck yeah" + The Masterchefs - "Give me some potatoes...

Tool: Lightning Decision Jam (problem-solving)

I'll risk saying there is no one who never suffered through a lengthy and disorganized brainstorming meeting that, all in all, ended up with no decision at all. Rings a bell? Yeah! And even with me using design thinking (what I mean here is I can use tips,...

#inspiration 💡 Lewis Howes and The School of Greatness

I get a lot of inspiration from other people's stories - listening to how they lived, what they achieved and how much it cost the, how they were able to cope with both challenges, as well as hurdles in their lives. It gives me a boost and a certain...

Podcasts about design thinking (List 1)

Pretty straightforward. Below is a list of episodes that talk about design thinking. The bad, the good, all. Welcome to list number one! FULL PODCASTS DEDICATED TO DT:   + Design Thinking 101 by Fluid Hive + Creative Confidence by IDEO + Why...

Objectives Taxonomies, part 4 of 4: Six Facets of Understanding

Following a learning taxonomy, teaching can have a logical path, consisting of rational and beneficial exercises or knowledge chunks. There are other taxonomies as well (Bloom's Taxonomy, SOLO Taxonomy, and Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning; all...

Objectives Taxonomies, part 2 of 4: SOLO Taxonomy

In the world of learning, a taxonomy is a framework that provides guidelines on how to plan, organize, and assess/evaluate learning experiences so they have the best educational effect. SOLO Taxonomy is not the only one, oh no! There are other taxonomies...

Tool: I Like, I Wish, What If (retrospective activity)

A clever way to get feedback without lots of negative feelings. Instead of asking about positives and negatives, which usually puts pressure on people, halts their thinking, moves them forward negativity. This tool helps to bring feedback in the same...

Tool: Empathy Map (research, empathy)

Empathy maps are yet another tool to exercise empathy and understand someone on a deeper level. Paired with other tools - personas, for example - present a powerful compendium of the user/target group. Using empathy map can be a bit intimidating at first,...

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in a nutshell

I have a feeling that in today's world this theory has been forgotten in favor of quick turnaround, ROI, or other business-crappy needs. Which is even weirder because we have such great research available! Developed in 1943 by an American psychologist and...

#inspiration 💡 Anna Akana (YouTube videos)

One of my favorite YouTubers is Anna Akana and her comedy/life commentary channel. It's not a vlog or a skit channel, but it deals with life and laughter via short videos or short films. Anna focuses on dealing with simple, everyday problems in a funny...

The power of design thinking, part 1 of 3: What do critics say?

Like with literally everything else, design thinking has supporters as well as adversaries. It's easy with supporters - the logical ones see the benefits but try to tackle all the hurdlings as well. And I strongly believe that those who oppose have their...

#inspiration 💡 Matt D’Avella and The Ground Up Show

"The Ground Up Show" is a podcast for those bold enough to take the small steps - as the author Matt D'Avella says himself. And I like it! I like it because this tagline doesn't put pressure on big names, important topics (important to whom, exactly?), and...

Tool: Elephant in the Room (creativity warm-up)

This exercise is a whole ton of fun! It can be a great break exercise, but it also serves a purpose, quite a few actually: + Helps to take the mind of the current issue. + Introduces a little bit of fun. + Taps into the kid-like approach. This exercise can...

Tool: Rose, Thorn, Bud (retrospective activity)

A simple activity to reflect on performed actions or meetings, that taps into own's doings/thoughts. This activity is based on one simple idea, that: + Roses are what we did right, something we are happy about, positive things. + Thorns are the negative...

MY EXPERIMENT REVEALED during Design Thinking Week 2018

This year's edition of Design Thinking Week in Kraków was short in time, but not in ideas and passion. There were workshops on how to become more empathetic, a project to create new version of a traditional Cracovian hat that would appeal as a souvenir,...

Supporting Uni of North Carolina with design thinking

Due to the ideas and perseverance of Dr. Lance Cummings, Asst. Prof. of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, technical writing, eLearning and new ways of teaching found their ways to the classes at UNCW. These topics are not part of the...

Teaching design thinking to college kids (in Northern Ireland)

I'm so happy to see that the idea of creativity, "alternative" approaches to life, and cultivating curious minds find their way to schools and kindergartens. I'm solely behind the idea of letting kids and teenagers act on their ideas, supporting them, and...

Asynchronous conference iDesign Learning 2018

I love all initiatives, especially the ones where I can dish about design thinking! iDesign Conference was an event held totally online, devoted to all things eLearning, and using one of the eLearning tools (Canvas Instructure). What a great idea already -...

TEDxKazimierz Adventure with Design Thinking

Talking about design thinking and how its mindsets can change the world is one of my favorite things to do. TEDxKazimierz was kind enough to ask me and Karolina Adamczak from graphic recording service Wizualna Karolina to host an open lightning workshop...

School systems in New Zealand and Poland

There are a few things that can expand your horizons like no episode of "Friends" will. Playing board games with your family and friends. Reading. Building stuff from Lego blocks. Falling on your butt when jumping over a bench. Traveling. Ever since I...

Girls-in-Tech Week in Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry/Londonderry is not a tech city, about 90% of any tech or startup-related events happen in Belfast and Dublin (Google much?). If you add the general approach of "tech if not for girls" to the mix (something that still exist!) - not a lot of...

Polish-American Innovation Bridge 2016 (PAMI), Krakow

There is nothing better than exchanging creative ideas, bouncing them off each other, getting some advice from those who know more about innovation and business. Polish-American Innovation Bridge (PAMI for short) was organized to foster precisely that!...

Tool: Personas (empathy)

One of the best ways to better solve someone else's problems is to understand them clearly, understand their lives. And there is no better way to do so that try to be them, be in their shoes and see the world from their perspective. Obviously, we can never...

Design Thinking Week 2017 (3rd edition), Krakow

Design Thinking Week is a week-long (d'oh) festival focused on design thinking (double d'oh) that takes places in many cities across Poland. 2017 held the third edition and as previously, it was organized by my NGO, Innovation and Creativity Lab Foundation...

Design Thinking Week 2015 (2nd edition), Krakow

I was over the moon hearing about the 2nd edition of Design Thinking Week! Though smaller than last year, equally - if not more - inspiring and engaging! Krakow participated again, and Innovation and Creativity Lab Foundation (Fundacja Laboratorium...

Redesigning services with the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs

Prior to my lecture, I haven't heard much about design thinking, service design, lean management, or any other process design methodology to be applied in Polish governmental organization. Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a former listener of my...

Your City is Our City Urban Festival in Krakow, 2014

Design thinking is a versatile methodology that can help upgrade various areas of life for the better. Urban designers have already tapped into the creativity and human-focused traits to upgrade and redesign public spaces, bike routes, entire buildings, or...

Teaching Brainstorming at the Innovators’ Summit 2014

Ever since I accepted design thinking as my personal business savior, I feel the urge to share my knowledge and its teachings with others (well, I’m also a teacher at heart, so there you go), and I did precisely that at the Innovators' Summit, with a smile...

eLearning Summer School 2018 Podcast

Hej, cześć! Letnia Szkola eLearningu to edukacyjny podkast o e-learningu, szkoleniach i rozwoju, prowadzony przez Piotra Peszko. Podkast nagrywany jest w języku polskim. Jeśli chcesz przeczytać posty po polsku to kliknij tutaj, znajdziesz tam pełne opisy...

[Polish] Narzędzia w eLearningu (Letnia Szkoła eLearningu 2018)

Hello, hi! Letnia Szkola eLearningu is an educational podcast about e-learning, training, and self-development run by Piotr Peszko. The project is led in Polish, therefore the following text (as well as linked episodes), are in Polish. Please click here if...

So you brainstormed… now what?

Well, there you are. You've just run a successful (or was it... buahahaha [insert evil laugh]) brainstorming session (and you can read about my semi-hatred towards brainstorming, just click here, lol) that saw no arguments, no bias, but tons of ideas! Now...

I hope I ACE-d it! ACE! conf, May 2018

Aced it? Get it? Coz, ACE... ace-d it? Moving on! When Paul Klipp, the brain behind ACE! conference, invited me, this shortstack geek passionate about design thinking, to speak at the event, I was over the moon. I love spreading info about creativity and...

Brainstorming SUCKS. Is there something better?

Well, OK, "SUCKS" in all caps might be a strong word. But there, I said it: I do not like brainstorming, almost "hate it with the fire of a thousand suns." This widely used technique (well, semi-wildly, as quite often I see it being misused, actually),...

Design Thinking Week 2014 (1st edition), Krakow

The year I started my adventure with design thinking was the first year that Design Thinking Week was organized, and not only in Krakow but many cities across Poland. Design Thinking Week is a week-long festival when people from various backgrounds share...

soap! conf 2017 – the only techcomm conference in Krakow

When I started my adventure with tech there wasn't a lot of events happening for people who were interested in technical communication, online solutions, or technology business. Hell, back then the word start-up existed only in Silicone Valley (even though...

Women Techmakers Belfast Summit 2018

I had the immense pleasure to be featured at a women-run conference with my talk about - yes, yes - design thinking! This one, however, was not predominantly about the methodology, but about how it can empower you to be better, both professionally and in...