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Design Thinking

Design thinking is an action-oriented, systematic approach to problem-solving. I appreciate how it can keep you from being stuck or unorganized. Its five steps are below. Note that you can also go a step backwards to refine something.

 

Empathy - fully understand the experience of the user

 

Define - describe the user’s perspective in a problem statement

 

Ideate - come up with a lot of varied solutions

 

Prototype - build quick models of the solutions to test and gain more empathy

 

Test - use formal products (from promising prototypes) to better understand the user and possibly redefine the problem

 

Having a simple, action-oriented process in mind is very effective, as it helps you learn by doing.

 

Source: Stanford d.school

 

Chase Robbins