Design Thinking in Software and AI Projects: Proving Ideas Through Rapid Prototyping

November 1, 2020
Design Thinking in Software and AI Projects: Proving Ideas Through Rapid Prototyping

BenefitsCovers applied design thinking and its linkage to rapidprototypingFocuses specifically on software development and AI projectswith examplesHelps drive confidence in software and AI solutions thatembrace this approachSummaryLearn the fundamentals of Design Thinking and how to applyDesign Thinking techniques in defining software development and AIsolutions. Design Thinking is an approach to innovation whichidentifies problems and generates solution ideas that can berapidly proven through prototyping.This book provides a brief history of Design Thinking and anoverview of the process. It then drills down into more detailregarding methods and tools used in a Design Thinking workshopsleading to useful prototypes. Guidance is provided on: Preparing for a Design Thinking Workshop Uncovering potential business problems that might besolvedPrioritizing potential solutionsIdentifying and characterizing stakeholdersChoosing the right prototypes for developmentLimiting scope and best practices in prototype buildingThe book concludes with a discussion of best practices inoperationalizing successful prototypes, and describes changemanagement techniques critical for successful adoption. You can usethe knowledge gained from reading this book to incorporate DesignThinking techniques in your software development and AI projects,and assure timely and successful delivery of solutions.What You Will LearnGain foundational knowledge of what Design Thinking is and whento apply the techniqueDiscover preparation and facilitation techniques used inworkshopsKnow how ideas are generated and then validated throughprototypingUnderstand implementation best practices, including changemanagement considerationsWho This Book Is ForBusiness decision makers and project stakeholders as well as ITproject owners who seek a method leading to fast development ofsuccessful software and AI prototypes demonstrating real businessvalue. Also for data scientists, developers, and systemsintegrators who are interested in facilitating or utilizing DesignThinking workshops to drive momentum behind potential softwaredevelopment and AI projects.Table of ContentsDesign Thinking Overview and HistoryPreparing for a WorkshopProblem DefinitionSolution DefinitionPrototype CreationProduction DevelopmentProduction RolloutAuthorsRobert Stackowiak works as an independentconsultant, advisor, and author. He is a former data &artificial intelligence architect and technology businessstrategist at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago, andpreviously worked in similar roles at Oracle and IBM. He hasconducted business discovery workshops, ideation workshops, andtechnology architecture sessions with many of North America’sleading-edge companies across a variety of industries and withgovernment agencies. Bob has also spoken at numerous industryconferences internationally, served as a guest instructor atvarious universities, and is an author of several books. You canfollow him on Twitter @rstackow and read his articles and posts onLinkedIn.Tracey Kelly is Envisioning Lead with theCatalyst team at Microsoft. She has been leading the designthinking training through North America and Europe to helpMicrosoft technology-focused architects and business leadershiptransition and transform to customer-centric and business outcomesolutions. Tracey is also on the board of the Women’s TechnologyCoalition and a former Women in Technology Director in Dallas. Sheleads design workshops and customer strategy sessions and has along 20-year history of technology and design leadership at Fortune500 companies to drive innovation.