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    How to Run a Remote Design Thinking Workshop

    1 September 2020

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    Working from home can turn out to be challenging for many of us. Especially when our priority is to ensure the best outcome of our works. But how do we harvest thoughts and ideas, and shift business strategies to start fresh and innovative projects that can increase our revenue, when all our coworkers are scattered throughout the world?

    While it is true that the world we have always known is changing rapidly, we have the blessings of the new tools and technologies, we can bring everybody together to build a solid plan. Running a remorse design thinking workshop will not be as convenient as a physical one, but once you master the art, you will see that the benefits will outweigh the difficulties. 

    Why Design Thinking? 

    Design Thinking is a powerful iterative process of problem-solving, in which we understand the users, their challenges, their unmet needs and redefine problems in an attempt to identify an alternative strategy and solution that might not be apparent to our initial level of understanding. The process of Design thinking requires concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. 

    To successfully run a remote Design Thinking workshop, you need to carefully plan the steps. Here we are going to discuss how to deliver a fruitful Design Thinking workshop and come up with a workable solution to the problems.

    Planning your remote design thinking workshop

    The purpose of a design thinking workshop is to gather a group of diverse people together to determine the challenge. The first thing you should do while initiating a workshop is to make sure everyone knows why they are there and are motivated to contribute. 

    Another thing you should do before the actual workshop is to plan your agenda for the minute. Make a detailed schedule for each exercise so you can think carefully about the time allocated to each component. You also need to make sure you gather all the necessary tools before starting the conference, e.g. a good video conferencing tool, professional webcams, mic setups, a digital whiteboard, post-its and marker pens, etc. 

    To conduct a successful workshop where all the participants can contribute, you need to send them an invitation ahead of time, so they can understand the value of the workshop and know what they can expect from it. To prepare them in advance, you can assign them some tasks to be completed before the workshop. This will give them an insight into the target users and their needs. 

    Delivering your remote design thinking workshop

    To start your session while making sure everyone is comfortable, begin with a brief introduction so they can know what they are supposed to expect for the next few hours. Also if you have any workshop rules, this is the best time to set them. 

    Define the problem statement so that the participants can narrow down the broader design problem. Create a human-centred point of view statement and figure out the possibilities and potential that encourages teamwork. 

    After the workshop, encourage the participants to take a week to prototype and test their chosen ideas. After the workshop, you will round things off with a quick debrief covering everything throughout the workshop and outlining the next step. 

    Make sure your remote design thinking workshop runs smoothly

    To ensure a smooth run of your design thinking workshop, go through your workshop timings and make sure you have everything set up in advance, practice explaining everything to friends and colleagues. Give a trial run to the tools that you are planning to use during the workshop, so they do not cause any problems during the workshop session. Create a professional environment and avoid unnecessary explanations. Most importantly, keep the participants enthusiastic by incorporating energisers and making them feel valued. 

    Now that you have a complete guide on running a remote design thinking workshop, do some careful planning and add some smart tweak. Ensuring collaboration and creativity will help you deliver the most successful design thinking workshop.