Can Design Thinking accelerate an Agile Transformation?Salah Elleithy
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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ~Proverb
You might have heard of IDEO. IDEO is known as a pioneer of human-centered design or putting people at the center of their work. This approach has come to be known as Design Thinking. Design Thinking in a nutshell is about empathy, experimentation and learning fast.
When we think of an agile transformation, we don’t necessarily think of human-centered design. Most agile transformation I have seen begins with an enthusiastic leader (most likely in Technology) who is trying to change the culture and shift the mindset to improve product delivery and time to market. In the quest to do this, the leader might mandate certain practices for the organization to start doing. This can cause a lot of pain and heartache in the process and usually lead to mere results and disengagement.
What if there was a way to unlock creativity and critical thinking across the organization? This is where design thinking can help in accelerating an agile transformation.