Designing your School through Design Thinking, Lean and Agile
Using principles of Design Thinking, Lean and Agile as a method to foster a collaborative environment to drive and sustain change.
Design Thinking is a human-centred and iterative approach to solving problems, see how it can be used to gain empathy for users and solve problems in a meaningful way at your school or in your classroom.
Lean is a business mindset and methodology that enables practitioners to build, measure and learn quickly and effectively.
Agile is an organisational methodology which allows for greater collaboration, productivity and incremental change.
All three principles enhance collaboration, research informed decisions and innovation.
Try it in your classroom or across your school.
Design thinking and Entrepreneurs
Workshop By Jarrod Aberhart (Twitter: @JarrodAberhart)
Blog by Carmen Kenton
Jarrod lead us through a collection of change processes. He uses bits from each of them as they suit the situation in his school, Nelson College.
He brought in the idea of ‘The Power of Constraint’ and suggested that we are more creative when we are constrained in our thinking in some way. This was illustrated by a $50 bet between 2 men in 1960…”you can’t write a book using only 50 different words”. Out of that bet came Green Eggs and Ham, one of the most iconic Dr Seuss books of all time.
Jarrod uses ’30 Circles’ (explanation https://hbr.org/2013/11/three-creativity-challenges-from-ideos-leaders ) to help people warm up their creative brains. When they move on to brainstorming, they are better at getting a lot of ideas down on the page (for Brainstorming rules http://www.designkit.org/methods/28 ).
I really liked the design thinking and agile models because they both have mana enhancing qualities that help us put people at the heart of the thinking.
He uses a lot of post-it notes and I immediately gelled with that. An example of a good use of them is in this Learning Backlog he creates. Each idea goes on a post-it note, and then you move them along the chart as you progress.
You can change the headings of this chart to better reflect you goal.
He tries to link all change in the school to this rubric model (below). That way everyone knows what is going on, and how it fits in with what they are already doing.
Now the challenge for me is to develop a leading change plan that suits me, the people at my school, to develop digital capability in staff and students.