As mentioned in last week’s post, I spent most of it in Toronto. I was there for an “offsite” meeting for our research area, although admittedly as most of the attendees were local – Toronto is a major research hub for us, hence the choice for it to host this meeting – we could probably have called it an “onsite”.
I won’t go into the specifics of the discussions here, of course, but suffice it to say that there were lots of sticky notes and design thinking tools (we use a methodology called LUMA at Autodesk) being used.
We also had a couple of fun ice-breaker activities. One involved crowdsourced drawings, where we drew a different feature for caricatures of each of our colleagues. Some of them came out really well!
Aside from some fun drawings, we came away with some really valuable data that a smaller group of us will be sifting through to map our bottom-up explorations to the top-down research strategy. I’m looking forward to seeing where things meet in the…