A great week in Toronto

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!

Hiding behind our drawings

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…

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