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Introducing the Design Dash


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How do you introduce design thinking to new people? I made an open-source exercise for you to use and modify. Here's a presentation explaining the learning and design goals behind it.

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Introducing the Design Dash

  1. 1. A Design Thinking Exercise Molly Wilson Design Thinking Coaches Meetup 16 May 2018 // Berlin The Design Dash
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. Why the Design Dash?
  4. 4. What’s a learning goal? // Describes what they do, not what you do // You can tell whether it’s been achieved or not // Has a verb in it (better if it’s specific, not “understand” or “learn”)
  5. 5. Learning goals // They get used to externalizing ideas through words, drawings, and prototypes // They experience how teamwork leads to surprising ideas and quick progress // They practice discovering and framing a challenge around human needs, only very slightly abstracted from a single person // They are driven forward by learning about ideas, rather than defending or pitching them // They experience the steps of the design thinking process
  6. 6. What’s a design principle? // What’s important to you as a designer // How you choose to approach a problem
  7. 7. // Appropriate for a diverse crowd // Adaptable to different time scales // Tolerant of different space arrangements // Cheap and easy to set up // Simple and elegant to hack // Everybody goes through all the phases of design thinking // Everybody in the room has the same experience Design principles
  8. 8. My favorite parts
  9. 9. The random topic // Shows that you can use this process for ANY problem // Eliminates decision angst – yours and theirs // Puts focus on process, not on result // Flexible for any situation // Makes exercise more repeatable // Makes debrief more interesting
  10. 10. Problem definition // Quick and lightweight // Abstracts very slightly from one person // De-emphasizes getting it right or choosing the best // Pushes towards prototyping
  11. 11. Working in teams // We often talk about teamwork… // People surprise themselves // Odd numbers and latecomers are okay // People get to know each other // People help each other – less work for you
  12. 12. Use it! // Available in English, German, and Chinese // Includes facilitator’s guide // You can should change it! Your job, not mine :) // You need to credit the creators when you use it // You can charge to facilitate it, but you can’t sell access to a file based on it // I <3 hearing about how you’ve used it!