Tag Archives: designthinking

Design Thinking as Dog’s Dinner

My friends at Made by Many have an office Strategy Dog.  Her name is Tilly.  She lives in a cardboard box with a sign on it that says, “Strategy Department”.  She tweets at @strategydog and is rapidly gaining more followers than many of us could ever dream.  Here she is, in her full, surreal glory… […]

A DJ is not a conductor: Different design skills for different levels of complexity

Different levels of design complexity Peter Jones (@redesign) recently posted an excellent, considered conversation about different levels of design engagement, drawing on Richard Buchanan’s “Wicked Problems in Design” and GK VanPatter’s “four orders” of what we’re “designing for”. He links to a great (long) interview with GH VanPatter (of the NextDesign Leadership Institute), from which […]

The coming boom and bust of design thinking

There is tremendous excitement right now about “design thinking” (see Helen Walters’ review of the best design thinking books of 2009, for example).  Battered by economic failure, public uncertainty and the failure of traditional forms of leadership and management, many are gazing hopefully towards design thinking as a new management wonderdrug that will help them […]

On design and the use of abductive reasoning

Lately the notion of “abductive reasoning” has been cropping up in a few conversations I’ve seen around knowledge management and governance.  Credit seems to go to Dave Snowden for introducing the idea to the KM community (in this post).  A lot of subsequent credit has since been given to people like Tim Brown (IDEO) for […]