At times, we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to working in teams trying to solve problems. If we’re focused on ourselves, showing off, on egos and asserting ourselves over others, we will most likely run into issues.
Not only will there almost definitely be conflicts within the team, we will also tend to fall in love with our own ideas and refuse to accept it when tests indicate that the solution is not working with the target users.
Best practice: The most successful problem-solving spaces provide room for each player or actor to present his/her views, thoughts, feelings and experiences, thereby allowing a more holistic approach to solving the problem. There should be no room for egos in an innovative design project.
As you may have noticed, the word “holistic” has popped up quite a few times already — and will likely appear many more times in any Design Thinking article you read.
That’s because it’s one of the core aspects of the Design Thinking mindset. It’s one of the words you should definitely stick up on the wall close to your thinking and working space if you want to apply Design Thinking. HOLISTIC!