Using improv in design sprints to build more creative and collaborative teams

Playing a game at Google SprintCon

Earlier this month, I led a workshop on using improv games in design sprints at the third annual SprintCon at the Google campus in Boulder, CO. SprintCon is a delightfully small and smart gathering that brings together leaders and practitioners from…

Why bad ideas lead to good ideas: using “reverse thinking” in a design sprint

Sketches from a bad ideas brainstorm

Cans of spray paint next to the artworks. Glitter bombs in the galleries. Pony rides in the lobby. Free skateboards available at the Information Desk. These were just a handful of the intentionally bad ideas that a team at the…

Six strategies for facing internal resistance to design thinking

strategies for design thinking

Understanding the mechanics of design thinking is critical to introducing it into the ongoing practices of your organization. But just as essential is facing organizational resistance to change. Bringing design thinking into an organization requires a hearty sense of optimism…