How Design Thinking Fits With Simplexity

My colleague Shannon Wagers , who is a  corporate  R&D  consultant  at  P&G,  sent this  sketch  to show how he explains Simplexity to those   more familiar with Design Thinking as taught at Stanford. 

I asked Shannon for a more complete explanation that  I could pass along in this blog. 

His answer follows:   “The Simplexity Process is a universal  flexible framework that encompasses all innovation methodologies, including Creative Problem Solving, Lean, and Design Thinking.    Using Simplexity for Design Thinking  takes  you to greater insights and better prototypes with a more robust and deeper process”.

 Shannon then added a cleaned up version of the sketch.

We love seeing design thinking integrated with Simplexity

Keep Innovating. Keep Thinking,



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Dear Min:
Greetings! Hope you are well and enjoying our spring / summer.  We are busy in Pelham — just opened the Isaac Riehl Skatepark, for example.
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