What is Co-Design?

The Co-design process, as explained by Kelly Ann McKercher in “Beyond Stick Notes”, is revolutionary. As a methodology, it delves into the heart of the matter prior to the discovery phase. But what exactly does the process entail? Below is a quick overview of the co-design process and how it offers great insight into working with other people.

  • You need to first build the right conditions. Ask yourself if you are the best person for the job and what others might get from working on the project with you.
  • Next, you need to align and immerse. Here, you should consider if you should be doing this in the first place. You also have to think about the gaps and find ways to solve them.
  • After that, you need to focus on discovery. Everyone should be on the same page. Discuss what people want and the strengths of your project.
  • The next step is to design. You should know how to get to the final product on the basis of earlier identified strengths.
  • When it comes to the test and refine stage, you should keep an eye out for the promising qualities of the project. It is important to refine it to meet your goals and standards.
  • Lastly, you need to implement the product and learn from feedback. Here, the most important thing to do is to listen. Hear out people whose opinions can be valuable in future developments. Ask yourself what you have learned over the course of the project.

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