Last week, the Chicago Innovation Roundtable met virtually for the first time, using Zoom and a remote collaboration tool called Mural. A group of business leaders came together to discuss the current state, process issues, and challenges organizations are faced with during this uncertain time. Here are some of the key insights they shared about how they plan to move forward safely and successfully.
The design thinking approach has gained popularity across all areas of business as an innovative problem-solving strategy. It brings cross-functional teams together to break out of their natural day-to-day patterns and unpack business challenges with a customer-centric mindset. The ability to work and think differently to flesh out early-stage solutions in a short timeframe has given design thinking its positive reputation. It's useful for innovation, strategy development, process improvement, and more.
Depending on the goals and context, design thinking can take many forms. For example, you can add small exercises to weekly meetings, conduct 1-day workshops, or run full 5-day design sprints. In this article, we walk through how to run a 1-day design thinking workshop to create strategic solutions and solve problems that might be holding you – or your customers – back.
When it comes to software development, there are often wasteful steps along the way that complicate the process, decrease efficiency, and reduce the return on investment overall. Many IT leaders and DevOps teams are turning to the principles of value stream mapping (VSM) to identify how to create software that delivers higher value to the organization and customers. Here’s a brief overview of what VSM is, how to get started, and the benefits of using it.
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