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Thoughts on the Design Thinking December 7, 2009

Posted by Hernan Haro in Design Thinking.

It’s fascinating how each learning style (diverging, assimilating, converging and accommodating) matches the requirements of each stage of the Innovation Process (observations, frameworks, imperatives and solutions). The key to assemble a great design thinking team is to understand the different skills and attitudes needed.

One of the main challenges is to learn to function within a team composed of members that have different – and sometimes even opposed – ways of learning and interacting. Getting to know each member of the team through informal conversations, as well as educating team members about the meaning of the Myer Briggs test results, is a good starting point to understand how each member differs from others and the individual and unique value that each one adds to the whole. The key to a successful and balanced team is to have complementary skills and the ability to understand and be able to work with other with different styles and background. Sometime, this kind of people are called “T shaped”, because they have depth of knowledge in an area (the vertical line in the T) but they are well suit to communicate and work with other “T shaped” experts in different fields (represented by the horizontal line in the T).



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