Chapter 4

Planning a Design Thinking Project


check Clarifying and communicating the purpose of the project

check Structuring the work

check Organizing the order and duration of the work

check Estimating the project materials and costs

One commonly held opinion states that what we call planning is in reality a process whereby you replace the effects of chance with a mistake you've knowingly entered into. There’s no way to predict the future with certainty. Plans can never be followed 100 percent. However, with limited resources and deadline pressure for your design thinking project, plans are inevitable. Design thinking without a plan is like a night flight through mountains using just the naked eye — in other words, a blind flight in a dangerous environment with no compass. Plans are the compass you need for the success of your project so that you can clarify your goals, save on project expenses, adhere to deadlines, recognize deviations in the project's progress, and make necessary changes.

In this chapter, you find out how to collect, formulate, and communicate your goals. This becomes ...

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