Want Better Outcomes? Find Better Problems. // ALD 012 — DT101 E99

This is a Design Thinking 101 episode in the Ask Like a Designer series. Ask Like a Designer helps people explore thinking and solving like a designer. You’ll learn about design thinking, service design, learning design, leading and building high-performing teams, and ways to achieve better outcomes.

This episode is based on this article: ALD012 // Want Better Outcomes? Find Better Problems. Read the article and others like it on Fluid Hive’s Ask Like a Designer.

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Show Highlights

[00:53] The human desire to create.
[01:15] Rushing solutions leads to poor outcomes.
[01:37] Problem spaces and finding the right question to answer.
[02:15] The people inside the problem space.
[02:38] The context in which the people experience the problem.
[03:02] The history of the people and the context reveal changes over time.
[03:15] Problem finding.
[04:11] Finding and refining problems is not our natural inclination.
[04:52] Problem framing.
[05:17] How Might We questions.
[06:01] Getting comfortable with ambiguity as a designer.
[06:47] The eight things you can do with a How Might We question.
[08:08] The best solutions come from diverse teams.
[08:29] Fluid Hive’s free thinking tool will help you focus your solution energy.

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The Design Thinking 101 Podcast’s Ask Like a Designer series

Protect Your Solutions with Transformation Stories: Part 2 — Telling Well // ALD 011 — DT101 E92
Protect Your Solutions with Transformation Stories: Part 1 — Crafting Well // ALD 010 — DT101 E89
The 30-Minute Solution Matrix: How to Think and Solve Under Pressure // ALD 009 — DT101 E87
Three Little Words for Better (Business) Relationships // ALD 008 — DT101 E79
The Innovation Saboteur’s Handbook // ALD 007 – DT101 E77
Designing Facilitation: A System for Creating and Leading Exceptional Events // ALD 006 — DT101 E73
The Swiss-Army Lives of How-Might-We Questions // ALD 005 — DT 101 E69
Your Good-Life OS: Designing a System for Living Well and Peak Performance // ALD 004 — DT101 E67
There Are No Problems Worth Solving — Only Questions Worth Asking // ALD 003 — DT101 E65
Design, and One Question to Rule Them All // ALD 002 — DT101 E63
Ask Like a Designer — DT101 E61

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Courses

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Good events are essential when creating effective solutions while thinking and acting like a designer. Designing Facilitation shows you how to create effective, engaging events that are easy to lead.

You’ll learn how to apply the Event Design Questions, use over 20 event creation tools, how to avoid common facilitation traps, and make the most of every second people spend at your events. Notify me when the course launches!


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