For me chapter 4 gave me some really key tips to in how to increase my creativity and more importantly why action and iteration are very important to our (my) #CreativeConfidence journey. That said I really struggled with believe these lessons could be brought into my #9to5 simply due to the type of work environment I operate in. Overall it was a great chapter and really got me thinking.
The chapter starts by discussing how to two “geeky engineers” attend Stanford and decide to enrol in the university’s d.school. They find it to be very different than their technical programming and engineering classes, somewhat intimidating but eventually stimulating as it aids in their programming and engineering design. I personally feel that I am somewhere between intimidated and stimulated within my personal creative journey. Sadly, from a professional/career standpoint I do not work in an #agile environment where #designthinking is encouraged.
The students eventually start working on a project that is due in 10 weeks. From their experience we learn why being successful in innovation/creativity requires action and iteration. Additionally here are some lessons that they were able to utilize during their project to reach their success.
- have a “do something” mindset
- stop planning and start acting
- thrive in your creativity (in spite of time)
- do something to learn
These are great teachings, but often easier said then done. When I think about my professional life – bureaucratic red tape, regulations and SLAs guided by stakeholders to do not really allow for this type of innovation and creativity. Do Canadian Corporations need to give employees more leeway to allow for #DesignThinking? I DEFINITELY think so. Although there is a desire to #disrupt in my organization – it all comes at a risk.
Chapter 5 also talks about two great examples of large companies who Learn to Launch and Recast changes as Experiments. It shows that great organizations and leaders in design have to really be OK with thriving in creativity and in the case of New Zealand Air – reaching out to get help (from IDEO in this example) when they want to innovate.
The last few tips that I think I can start using immediately both in my creative and my professional life without causing too much commotion would be:
- used forced time constraints (ex: if I am working on something that I know isn’t necessarily due in the near future I’ll make myself come up with a deadline for fuel my creativity and my ability to produce)
- Use post it notes (ex: for storyboarding ideas, training, documentation or a solution to a problem – my coworkers may think I am crazy though lol)
- get more feedback (ex: ask my coworkers what they think of my prototype, without distracting them from their own work of course)
- faster iterations of product design (ex: QA test development faster to allow for more chances to find bugs and to allow for more iterations of testing cycles).
If you are just joining my review and lessons learned on the book Creative Confidence be sure to follow along on my Pinterest board for useful links such as Ted Talks, infographics and articles. Also you can check out my twitter storify for up to date details as I read the book.