Design Thinking is an iterative process with the interest to understand the user, to test assumptions and to redefine problems.
The goal is to find alternative strategies and solutions. Design Thinking is a way of thinking and working and a collection of practical methods.
It combines creative and critical thinking and allows organizing information and ideas, make decisions, improve situations and gain knowledge.
The user of the software application is the focus of the process. Design Thinking is extremely useful in dealing with problems that are unclear or unknown to the development team by reformulating the problem in a human-centric way.
This allows for brainstorming and a practical approach to prototyping and testing. Design Thinking also involves constant experimentation: sketching, prototyping, testing and trying out concepts and ideas.
Design Thinking can be applied not only in software development but also in other areas.
In the modern enterprise, it’s easy to get a "tunnel-vision" when it comes to solving problems.
"We are doing it like this, because it’s always been that way" - a common sentence in a lot of companies.
Design Thinking challenges old ways of thinking. It doesn’t look at problems from a biased perspective. Instead, it always starts with the end-user.
In doing so, design thinking nurtures innovation.