Design Thinking Toolkit

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. Ideas and teaching of dr de Bono are so interesting that...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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),...