IT Management Slideshow: Learn to Think Like a Design Genius

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-08-2011

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

1. You should only ask questions that you know the answer to.This works for trial lawyers. But solely asking questions with pre-conceived answers is a recipe for failure for agile companies.

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

2. Think big.It's actually better to start small and discover an unexplored, worthwhile niche that will allow you to drill deep and nurture an idea.

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

*3. If the idea is good, the money will follow.No one knows whether an idea is any good until after it's launched. Instead, find ways to get funding for the right people to solve the right problems.

Three Myths about Business Leadership that Design Thinking Disproves:

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

1. Outline a value chain for all projects.Hint: Start at the end of the chain - end users/customers - then work backwards to the very beginning to visualize how it all comes together.

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

2. Identify core strategic capabilities.Pinpoint what's needed to produce maximum results from within each component of the chain.

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

3. Evaluate bargaining power/influence of key players.Who drives performance within department/company? How much value is delivered as perceived by end users?

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

4. Determine possibilities.Evaluate the power and impact potential of all components within chain. Where are opportunities to improve by altering your strategies?

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping

5. Assess your vulnerabilities.You need to play defense as well as offense. Who within the chain has the potential to put you and your department at a disadvantage? How can you minimize damage?

How to Unleash Design Thinking via Value-Chain Mapping