Design Methods and Processes

Remove extraneous factors. Useless elements in a system are a waste. Removing them results in…

Write out your company / organisation’s: Strengths Weakness Opportunities Threats How will you build on…

Estimate the costs and the benefits and decide if the delta is worth the hassle.

Build a set of “what-ifs” based on a tree of possible options, assigning the estimated…

Evaluate a larger set of options based on numerous criteria, then weight the importance of…

Compose a table that pits each option directly against each other option and weighting each for…

Helps you locate where you can derive the greatest benefit by expending the least relative…

Diversion Keeping to the path Slow Fast Vertical Lateral Incremental Real…

Objects are increasingly being fitted with small computers similar to our smartphones, arduino or Raspberry…

It is a reaction against over abundant styling, form and decoration that does not add…

Split your tasks up according to the following: Urgent Important, Urgent Not Important Important Not…

Branding is every aspect of a product and the way it is communicated and how…

Humans are amazing generalists whereas animals often have specialisms where they surpass humans, such as…

Naming is the process by which you attribute a word – common or constructed that…

Do you need to exclude all logic from your decision, remove bias and increase the…

The distancing effect or alienation effect (German: Verfremdungseffekt) is a performing arts concept coined by…

“You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper”…

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that…

Velocity is a capacity planning tool sometimes used in Agile software development . Velocity tracking…

Consider of problem of two armies facing each other of a field of battle. One…

Symbolic logic is a language that you can write which follows strict rules. It is…

An ideogram or ideograph (from Greek ἰδέα idéa “idea” + γράφω gráphō “to write”) is…

John Boyd is famous for showing how decision making is critical to victory. He built…

Mental Factors are defined in Buddhism as: Aspects of the mind that apprehend the quality of…

What is it? Active listening is a technique often used by counsellors, teachers, and in…

red teaming is the practice of viewing a problem from an adversary or competitor’s perspective.

When a powerful person is surrounded by a group of people who are supporting them,…

When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities…

What is it? Japanese Samurai pledged to make decisions over 7 breaths. Failing that they…

Language can be used for giving instructions and in this sense clarity and precision is…

A dice with sides that suggest an activity, event, object, tool etc is rolled to…

Synergy is when you put together two things and you have three things. Synergy comes…

What is it? Bloom’s taxonomy refers to a classification of the different objectives that educators…

What is it? Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers…

Do you think that ninja tactics and samurai strategies could ever become useful in real…

What is it? A form of enquiry that is named after the Greek philosophy Socrates.It…

What is Kanban? Kanban is a method for managing knowledge work with an emphasis on…

What is it? The concept of having the opportunity to try…

Colour theory is concerned with the psychological affect of colour choice. Colours can have an…

What is it? Do a one day rapid prototype.

A name is an important aspect of a product and it should have impact. Pick…

What is it? A project will expand in size to the time to give to…

What is it? Force Field Analysis is a useful decision-making technique. …

Unpack Don't ask for "too much" at once Define which way you understand the thing…

If you want to edit and refine content on practically any subject then you may…

What is it? Creative reuse of old into upmarket or contemporary) and parasite products (creative…

What is it? A thought experiment thinks through consequences because it may not be possible…