An interesting article by Carissa Carter from Stanford d.school talks about how their pedagogy has moved on from the well known five hexagon “design thinking” model shifting the focus from process to ability. They now use a experiential learning-style in which the students gain practice in these eight abilities:
This is the ability to recognize and stew in the discomfort of not knowing, and then come up with tactics to emerge out of it when needed.
Learn from Others (People and Contexts)
This ability includes the skills of empathizing with different people, testing new ideas with them and observing and noticing in different places and contexts.
This is the ability to make sense of information and find insight and opportunity within.
This ability is about being able to quickly generate ideas, whether written, drawn, or built.
Move Between Concrete and Abstract
This ability contains skills around understanding stakeholders as well as zooming and expanding on product features.
Build and Craft Intentionally
This ability is about thoughtful construction and showing work at the most appropriate level of resolution for the audience and feedback desired.
This is the ability to form, capture, and communicate stories, ideas, concepts, reflections, and learnings to the appropriate audiences.
Design your Design Work
This meta ability is about recognising a project as a design problem and then deciding on the people, tools, techniques, and processes to use to tackle it.
Read the full article on: medium.com