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Taking on a Design Thinking Approach

Taking on a Design Thinking Approach

Lateral | 4/08/2015
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Taking on a Design Thinking Approach
Here at Lateral our specialised team places us in a unique position to fully understand all the implications of the Software Development Lifecycle. At Lateral we believe there is no such thing as a one fits all when it comes to our clients. We understand every business hits its own roadblocks that halt the growth or productivity of their business.
Design Thinking is a significant development in solution-focused thinking that can be applied to software solutions. We use it to create practical and creative solution-based apps and packages to aid the user lifecycle. 
We’ve all been there. We hit that roadblock and search endlessly for the ‘right fit’ in terms of software packages to fit the majority of our needs, but nothing quite meets the brief. That is all changing thanks to the revolutionary innovation of Design Thinking.
 

So what exactly is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is the process for problem solving. Unlike analytical thinking, Design Thinking includes the ‘building up’ of ideas with the client or end user in order to fulfil the needs of the application or software solution. It is broken down into a five-step process; 
  1. Empathize – understand what the problem is and what effect it is having on the business
  2. Define - clear outline and create focus of the problem 
  3. Ideate - brainstorm ideas that may work to create the solution
  4. Prototype - creating a solution to market
  5. Test - insure the solution base application fits the needs of the client
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Utilising Design Thinking, questions are asked, concepts are defined and solutions are created all before ‘pen hits the paper’ so to speak. It is the early stages of extracting the needs, ideas and packages before the build, creating options prior to build.


So how does this benefit the client?

When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation the success rate dramatically improves. It delivers creative solutions with quick response, to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. The prototype-testing phase means any issues can be extracted before full-scale implementation is undertaken.
At Lateral our team of business analysts and expert software developers are on hand to design, create, develop and implement prototypes to solve your needs today.


At Lateral our team of business analysts and expert software developers are on hand to design, create, develop and implement prototypes to solve your needs today. 
 

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