Design thinking is what goes through a designer’s mind during every designing project. It is a powerful thinking tool that can be used to drive a business, brand or individual forward. It aids in maximizing the use of available resources by utilizing them effectively. Design thinking helps solves problems in a way that the solution is scalable, be it a product or a service. It is a technique that can be additional to the thinking strategies that an individual has practiced and hence only needs consistent practice to become apparent and effective.
Growing organizations would do well to invest in Design thinking training since it brings in customer focus, unleashes creative potential and encourages taking calculated risks in order reach innovation. Design thinking training starts with evaluating the practices that are currently followed by the individual or organization. Then the trainees are introduced to the principles of design thinking which are: it seeks to define the problem well as much as it does to find the solution, it aids ideation and exploring solutions, it is collaborative and encourages iterative prototyping, it can be used to solve a wide range of problems, it involves a method that enables empathy with others.
The training also delves into the complex problems that design thinking can be used to solve when other thinking strategies fall short, since design thinking is capable of handling problems that are poorly defined, lack information to define a solution, has dynamic context and a focus on human needs.
The trainees are introduced to activities where design thinking technique can be applied. Consistent application of design thinking is the secret to its long-term implementation and integration into practice; hence the practice of the principles is an integral part of training.
One activity for instance can be to identify one key area an individual wants to find a solution for using the design thinking technique by putting across questions like what are the innovations that inspire you, what are the problems you face on a daily basis, and how do you think using design thinking will help you solve this problem. This activity can be conducted for teams in organizations so that team members gain fresh perspective from each other, give bold new ideas, promote team spirit and allow teammates to become invested in each other’s innovative ideas and challeng
is improves team cohesion and promotes collaborative behavior. Feedback can be taken at the end of the session and after a period of three to six months to gauge how well the strategy has been integrated into work functions by the teams.
Design thinking training enables innovation and hence integrated into organizational practices allows the institution to maintain competitive advantage. It also aids in solving operational issues within an organization, which increases efficiency in the functioning of the organization. Design thinking training allows design thinking to be effectively incorporated into the organizational practices and culture, which promotes effectiveness, efficiency and innovation.