Planning vs Design Thinking

To be innovative means to venture into the unknown. Design Thinking is the ideal technique for this, because it doesn’t expect a perfect plan at the outset. In fact Design Thinking is in many ways a rejection of the project planning mindset. How can we reconcile planning with innovation? A great clue lies in the…

Trial and Error

Repeated, varied attempts Trial and error is a fundamental method of problem solving. It is characterised by repeated, varied attempts which are continued until success, or until the agent stops trying. Wikipedia Flailing about? Using trial and error can sometimes be viewed as lacking in sophistication or rigour. This really depends on how one interprets…

Panning For Ideas

Breathing in, breathing out I have compared the process of divergence (coming up with a large number of ideas) and convergence (narrowing those ideas down to something workable to try) to breathing. This is a useful simile because it drives home the point that you can’t breathe in and breathe out at the same time.…

Observe By Walking Around

Don’t just sit there Chances are you have heard the term “management by walking around”. Tracing its roots to Hewlett Packard in the 1970s, management by walking around is a reminder of the value of leaving the office to see what the people on your team are doing and the challenges they face. The idea…