Mo’s pro’s guide to getting
more out of classic Design Thinking tools
I’m really excited to announce that I’ve created a substantial free ebook with a raft of accompanying videos full of tips to help anyone interested in Design Thinking to get more juice out of some classic design thinking tools.
Because you’re on my mailing list, I wanted to give you first dibs to all of it at once, without having to go through the sign-up rigmarole, and before it goes out to the rest of the world.
Why focus on classic tools? Because whether you’re new to Design Thinking or a pro practitioner, two things hold true. You’ve got to do the basics well, and the more experience you have, the more distinctions you get about how to make your tools ever more useful.
I’m constantly adapting and combining tools to suit different situations and get better outcomes. And here, for your delectation, are a pile of the things I’ve learned in my many years of teaching and practicing Design Thinking in many different contexts. Common mistakes that I see even seasoned practitioners make and how to fix them, as well as loads of tips and hacks I’ve found useful over the years that might add a few extra quivers to your bow.
I’d love to hear any feedback (or additional tips) you might have so I can make it all even more useful. And in the meantime, enjoy!
Click the button below and send me an email requesting the eBook. We’ll send it out pronto (well within a couple of hours).
Stick It Video’s – Tips and Tricks
Introduction to StickIt: Mo’s pros guide to getting more out of classic Design Thinking tools. If you have’t already, get the free ebook here
What are the core principles of Design Thinking? Here’s a quick introduction to Design Thinking and my take on the principles at the heart of the approach that are key to what makes it so different to BAU, and to making sure you get the most value from using it.
What’s the ‘best’ Design Thinking model? There are literally hundreds of them, each with different pro’s and cons, but most tend to be a variation on one central ‘meta-model’, that I go through here.
Sticky notes! Probably the most ubiquitously useful Design Thinking — and thinking in general — tool there is. But it is rare that I see people (even pro’s!) using them well. So here are a couple of the most common mistakes I see with a handful of tips to turn them around.
Empathy Maps are a Design Thinking favourite, particularly in the classes I teach. But most people I see only get a fraction of the insight they could from them. Here are a few things even experienced practitioners can do to make sure they’re getting the most from this fabulous tool.
Which Design Thinking tool or stage do even experienced practitioners struggle with most? Framing the problem in a way that gets to the essence of the issue and provides a juicy platform to start coming up with brilliant ideas. The better you understand it, the better you can improve what you’re currently doing. And stay tuned for Part 2 where I give you some key tips for how to boost your problem framing skills.
So we know why Problem Framing is so challenging — now how do we get better at it? Here are a few tips of the many in the book that I’ve developed or discovered during my long career in this space, so you can better hone your Problem Framing skills.
Want to have great ideas? Have great insights. Insights are critical to powerful problem framing and absolutely essential if you want to open up the problem space to create create new experiences and solutions. Not only can they be elusive hard to come by, but many people wouldn’t recognise one if they fell over it. So here are a few tips to help you hone your insight skills so you can get the most out of your design thinking experience.