The What If Technique presented by Motivate Design

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Why "What If"...?

The What If Technique tackles the challenge of engaging a creative, disruptive mindset when it comes to design thinking and crafting innovative user experiences.

Thinking disruptively is a disruptive thing to do, which means it's a very hard thing to do, especially when you add in risk-averse business leaders and company cultures, who hold on tight to psychological blocks, corporate lore, and excuse personas that stifle creativity and possibilities (see www.motivatedesign.com/what-if for more details).

The What If Technique offers key steps, tools and examples to help you achieve incremental changes that promote disruptive thinking, overcome barriers to creativity, and lead to big, innovative differences for business leaders, companies, and ultimately user experiences and products.

Let's find out what's what together! Explore your "What Ifs" with us. See www.motivatedesign.com/what-if for details about the What If Technique, studio workshops, the book, case studies and more downloads--including a the sample chapter "Corporate Lore and Blocks to Creativity"

Connect with us @Motivate_Design

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The What If Technique presented by Motivate Design

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  6. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N T H I S I S H A R D Thinking disruptively is a disruptive thing to do. “WHY? ” YOU ASK ...
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  9. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N BUSINESS LEADERS OFTEN LACK THE TRAINING TO THINK DISRUPTIVELY
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  14. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N LOCATE AN AREA IN WHICH EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE STUCK AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN A VERY LONG TIME S T E P O N E S TA RT W I T H A B R OA D V I E W ... AN AREA WHERE PROFIT PERFORMANCE IS AVERAGE . IT REALLY SHOULD BE MORE SUCCESSFUL , MORE LUCRATIVE .
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  18. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N CLICHÉ: L AUNDROMATS ARE DEPRESSING! CLICHÉ: L AUNDROMATS ARE DIRT Y! CLICHÉ: THERE ARE BAD, FLUORESCENT LIGHTS CLICHÉ: THEY ARE OUT- DATED & WEIRD
  19. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N D E F I N E YO U R S I T UAT I O N S T E P T W O “I WANT TO DISRUPT THE COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE OF [INSERT YOUR SITUATION] BY DELIVERING AN UNEXPECTED SOLUTION.”
  20. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N A S K “ W H AT I F ? ” S T E P T H R E E
  21. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N R E A DY T O T R Y I T O U T ?
  22. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P O N E Grab a Post-It pack and a marker
  23. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P T W O For three minutes, write as many “what ifs” as you can! THIS STEP IS ABOUT QUANTIT Y– NOT QUALIT Y! WRITE , WRITE , WRITE!
  24. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P T H R E E Share all of them, one by one–popcorn style!
  25. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P T H R E E Share all of them, one by one–popcorn style! STEP FOUR: REPEAT
  26. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P T H R E E Share all of them, one by one–popcorn style! STEP FOUR: REPEAT STEP FIVE: REPEAT AGAIN
  27. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S T E P S I X One last time! Three minutes of total “what if” madness!
  28. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N H E R E A R E S O M E O F O U R S !
  29. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N L AUNDROMATS WERE FUN? REL A XING? COOL? WHAT IF THEY WERE LUXURIOUS & EXCITING? W H AT I F. . . (Just a few of our ideas!)
  30. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N L AUNDROMATS WERE FUN? REL A XING? COOL? WHAT IF THEY WERE LUXURIOUS & EXCITING? THEY WERE PL ACES TO BE PRODUCTIVE? OR SOCIAL? W H AT I F. . . (Just a few of our ideas!)
  31. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N L AUNDRY MATS WERE FUN? REL A XING? COOL? WHAT IF THEY WERE LUXURIOUS & EXCITING? THEY WERE PL ACES TO BE PRODUCTIVE? OR SOCIAL? THEY WERE PL ACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS? OR YOUR PETS? (Just a few of our ideas!) W H AT I F. . .
  32. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N HAVE YOU MADE OBSERVATIONS?
  33. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N HAVE YOU MADE OBSERVATIONS? HAVE YOU LOCATED SOME INSIGHTS?
  34. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N DO YOU HAVE YOUR “WHAT IF ” HYPOTHESIS? HAVE YOU MADE OBSERVATIONS? HAVE YOU LOCATED SOME INSIGHTS?
  35. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N A R E YO U R E A DY F O R M O R E ?
  36. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N O P P O R T U N I T Y Discuss different parts of an opportunity: audience, advantage, & gap. FILL IN THE BL ANKS! “THERE’S AN OPPORTUNIT Y TO PROVIDE [WHO] WITH [WHAT ADVANTAGE ] THAT [FILLS A GAP.]”
  37. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N O P P O R T U N I T Y EX AMPLE: “THERE’S AN OPPORTUNIT Y TO PROVIDE URBAN DWELLERS WITH AN AWESOME LAUNDRY EXPERIENCE THAT IS VERY ECO -FRIENDLY.” Frame your opportunity in a super concise way.
  38. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N WHAT IF... THE L AUNDROMAT ALSO HAD A HAIR SALON? D E V E L O P M E N T Incorporate your “what ifs” and your opportunity...
  39. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N WHAT IF... THE L AUNDROMAT ALSO HAD A HAIR SALON? THE L AUNDROMAT OFFERED LOCAL , ECO - FRIENDLY PRODUCTS? D E V E L O P M E N T ...This will result in more developed, discernable ideas
  40. T H E “ W H AT I F ” M E T H O D @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N WHAT IF... THE L AUNDROMAT ALSO HAD A HAIR SALON? THERE WAS A BAR IN BACK , SPEAK- EASY ST YLE? D E V E L O P M E N T Keep developing and pushing your ideas THE L AUNDROMAT OFFERED LOCAL , ECO - FRIENDLY PRODUCTS?
  41. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N A R E YO U F O R R E A L?
  42. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N Copyright: Spin Laundry Lounge
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  44. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N Copyright: Spin Laundry Lounge
  45. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N “ M ORGAN GARY ’ S PR I MARY M ISSION I N CR E ATI N G S PI N L AU N DRY LO U N G E WAS TO R E I MAG I N E TH E E NTI R E L AU N DROMAT E XPE R I E N CE .” Copyright: Spin Laundry Lounge
  46. READY TO REFRAME COM S I G N U P F O R P R E - O R D E R
  47. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N S TAY C U R I O U S
  48. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N A LWAY S A S K T H E W H AT I F ’ S ! What If every Uber car was a Tesla? What if laundromats served wine? What if fish was the most popular breakfast food? W hat if we helped you unleash the What If Technique on your problem spaces and goals? Learn more about us at www.motivatedesign.com We’d love to hear from you and help you discover #WhatIf for your company, team, product, and more. You can reach us at (646) 400-5108 and hello@motivatedesign.com Tweet your #WhatIf to @Motivate_Design
  49. T H E “ W H AT I F ” T E C H N I Q U E @ M O T I VAT E _ D E S I G N P H O T O C R E D I T S Page 4: “warning sign” by Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr (BY) Page 15: “Laundry Mat” by Carsten Schertzer via Flickr (BY) Page 16: Untitled by Samantha Jade Royds via Flickr (BY) “secadoras” by David Cohen via Flickr (BY-NC-ND) “Sustainable Broadband Access at Laundry Mat in the Western Suburbs of a Large City” by Daniel X. O’Neil via Flickr (BY) “I’m here for the Million Dollar Giveaway” by Terrell Woods via Flickr (BY-NC-ND) Page 23-25: “Popcorn” by cyclonebill via Flickr (BY-SA) Page 28-30: “overWash” by Rubin Starset via Flickr (BY-NC-SA) Page 36: “Laundry Day” by Araceli Arroyo via Flickr (BY-NC-ND) Page 37-39: “Spin Cycle-9/365” by Andreanna Moya via Flickr (BY) Page 41-44: Copyright Spin Laundry Lounge via spinlaundrylounge.com

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