Solving Problems with Design Thinking

Ten Stories of What Works

Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, and Kevin Bennett

Columbia University Press

Solving Problems with Design Thinking

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Pub Date: September 2013

ISBN: 9780231163569

232 Pages

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Solving Problems with Design Thinking

Ten Stories of What Works

Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, and Kevin Bennett

Columbia University Press

Design-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can affect business results. However, most managers lack a sense of how to use this new approach for issues other than product development and sales growth. Solving Problems with Design Thinking details ten real-world examples of managers who successfully applied design methods at 3M, Toyota, IBM, Intuit, and SAP; entrepreneurial start-ups such as MeYou Health; and government and social sector organizations, including the City of Dublin and Denmark's The Good Kitchen.

Using design skills such as ethnography, visualization, storytelling, and experimentation, these managers produced innovative solutions to such problems as implementing strategy, supporting a sales force, redesigning internal processes, feeding the elderly, and engaging citizens. They elaborate on the challenges they faced and the processes and tools they used, providing a clear path to implementation based on the principles and practices laid out in Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie's Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers.

In a clear and simple style, this book shows how design thinking has been applied successfully to address complex and different problems in a variety of organizations, both for- and not-for-profit. The ten case studies provide creative and innovative applications of design principles and supply sufficient detail of use to aid readers in their own planning processes. Solving Problems with Design Thinking provides depth of value to the graduate professional classroom while being simple and clear for immediate use by managers.

Toni Ungaretti, Johns Hopkins University

Jeanne Liedtka is dedicated to bringing design concepts and theory down from the stratosphere into the hands of managers tackling everyday problems. She and her coauthors achieve just this in Solving Problems with Design Thinking. Read it once for inspiration and encouragement. Then go back to its pages time and time again for models, tools, lessons, and stories that will transform design thinking into a powerful asset for you.

Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

This book offers a solid, in-depth look at the power of design thinking to solve organizational problems. Better yet, through real-life examples, it demonstrates a far more important skill: how to uncover the more urgent problems lurking beneath the surface. The authors brilliantly reveal how the design mindset can permeate—and then transform—an organization.

Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
Foreword
1. Dispelling the Moses Myth
2. Reimagining the Trade Show Experience at IBM
3. Postmerger Integration at Suncorp
4. Transforming B2B Customer Engagement at 3M
5. Rethinking Strategic Planning at SAP
6. Redesigning the Customer Contact Center at Toyota
7. Social Networking at MeYou Health
8. Industry Collaboration in Financial Services with the FiDJI Project
9. Rethinking Subsidized Meals for the Elderly at The Good Kitchen
10. Engaging the Citizens of Dublin
11. Scaling a Design Thinking Competency at Intuit
12. Where Do We Go from Here?
Postscript. Educating Managers for Design

Read the chapter, "Dispelling the Moses Myth":

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About the Author

Jeanne Liedtka is a professor at the Darden School of Business. Her other books include The Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader and The Physics of Business Growth.

Tim Ogilvie is cofounder and CEO of Peer Insight, an innovation strategy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

Rachel Brozenske is vice president of Allison Partners, an organizational development consulting practice in Charlottesville, and a lecturer at the Darden School of Business.