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. If you read my blog or follow my love for design...

Tool: Eisenhower Matrix (prioritization)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a General in the US Army, then Allied Forces Supreme Commander during World War II, and later the 34th President of the United States (1953–61, serving two consecutive terms), is the namesake of the priority matrix that...

6 Adult Learning Principles by M. Knowles

Andragogy, meaning methods and principles used in adult education, has been around for over 100 years. Firstly coined by a German educator Alexander Kapp in 1833, it was extensively studied and popularized by an American educator Malcolm Knowles in the...

Tool: Rose, Thorn, Bud (retrospective)

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: Disney Brainstorming Method

When things fail - don't fret, don't throw your sketchbook away! Follow Walt Disney and switch your creativity! Instead, look at your idea/plan from three different perspectives: firstly generate new ideas from an innovative and creative perspective of a...

Tool: Brainstorming with SCAMPER

We all know and love good ol' brainstorming (or maybe we don't... read more about my on-again-off-again relationship with brainstorming, just click here), and - when done correctly - it can bring amazing results. But brainstorming is not the only technique to produce...

Tool: Elephant in the Room (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: Five Whys (root causes analysis)

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...

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,...

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...

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, advertised and encouraged by the most prominent design...