3 Design Thinking tips for data enthusiasts

Posted by Christian Franklin

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9/6/16 6:00 AM

Design thinking. If you are not familiar with the term, is described as "a methodology that relies on a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results".

Combine performance management with design thinking to be a change agent for becoming more data driven. 

Here are three quick tips for the data enthusiast to keep in mind.

1. Innovation is about solving problems that create value

As you are creating that dataset to share, be mindful that of what problem you are trying to solve. Ask yourself how does this dataset support a decision process or narrative that drives action, and make it obvious

2. Amplify your mission

Think differently! As a data enthusiast and designer you see the value of the data and its potential for enabling change. Use the power of visualization to create stories that bring the pieces together so people have full context - this makes it easier for individuals and teams to rally around the key points. Publish your narrative with live data.

3. Connect with people who care about what you do

As a creative thinker, find advocates that can amplify and raise up your work. Find the people that are receptive, and use visuals to explain your insights as well as your ideas for using data to drive decisions.

Design thinking can be powerful. If you want to dig a bit deeper, Stanford d.school has a number of free resources for you to explore.

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