If you are a design engineer, process engineer or even someone just interested in understanding how to facilitate innovation in your organisation you have probably heard of the term “Design Thinking”.

Design thinkers use a number of tools to facilitate innovation processes e.g. mind mapping, sketches, and rapid prototypes, and brainstorming to build on the ideas of customers and the design team.

Design thinking can be broken down into the following four stages:

  1. Defining the problem
  2. Creating and considering many options
  3. Refining selected options
  4. Picking a winner and executing the solution or design
Design thinking is used to solve complex problems as described in the clip below which explains how a design team developed two revolutionary prototype pint glasses for reducing injuries resulting from glassing attacks.

 
Our next Best Practice Report which is programmed for publication in February 2012, will cover the subject of “Design Thinking” in detail.

If you are not already a BPIR member this is an excellent time to consider joining and enjoy the many BPIR membership benefits.

A 20 percent discount is available this month only when joining (offer expired).

Ahmed Abbas
BPIR


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