How to Preserve Design Thinking Best Practices In a Remote Work World

In-person meetings are central to the design thinking process. But nobody’s doing anything in person these days. So what exactly does that mean for teams that rely on the vigorous exchange of ideas and contributions from others, when we’re all doing work separately in our homes?

By Mike Storey

Design thinking best practices flow naturally out of in-person workshops where every team member contributes. Thanks to technology, we can still connect and engage virtually, even when we can’t all sit in a room together. But the process isn’t quite as organic online as it is face to face.

The good news, however, is that it’s still possible. It’s going to take a little bit of adaptation, but after all, that’s what design thinking is all about.

At Worthwhile, we have been conducting remote meetings and design thinking workshops with clients and team members in other locations for several years now, and we’ve ramped up those discussion sessions over the past couple of months.

We’ve found that by transitioning the underlying principles of design thinking to an online environment and using tools like Mural and Zoom, we can still maintain collaborative contribution and engagement. Here’s what we’ve learned about ...

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