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Design Thinking

I have been introduced to this process and it has worked many times as a guide to designing and testing the product. It allowed me to explore the product in different stages during the process and I could jump back and forth between the different stages in Design Thinking while researching and creating MVPs.

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Empathize - Research your users

The first stage is important because it lays the foundation of the design thinking process. We want to gain an empathic understanding of the problem we are trying to solve. We may also want to gain knowledge about the users’ environment, experiences, and motivations.

Define - State your users' needs and problems

After gathering information in the previous stage, it is now time to organize all this information in the Define stage. The goal is to define the core problems and clarify design questions. The defining stage is spelling out the problems we have ahead of us based on research.

Ideate - Create ideas

We have had the time to understand our users and their problems, we have defined these as design questions and now it is time for us to create ideas. There are many techniques that can be used but sometimes a workshop can really help generate creative and useful ideas. I have great memories of this stage, it was creative chaos that led to some interesting solutions, some barely imaginable.

Prototype - Create solutions

I have created low- and high-fidelity prototypes in this stage. It gets experimental and the solutions we have decided on, come to life. By deciding on the MVP and producing simple inexpensive paper prototypes, we could go to the next stage and test out our prototypes.

Test - Try the solutions out

Final stage of Design Thinking. We have to test our solutions to actually understand if we are on the right path. This allows our users to test the solutions and we can iterate them based on feedback.

Remember: Design Thinking can be seen as a strategic guide to designing and developing a product and sometimes it is helpful to go back to investigate previous research to perform the current stage more effectively.

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