The Design Process
The power of The Design Process
Having experienced The Design Process in action at SCIL (Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning), and having used it successfully as an agent of change at our own executive conference, we knew just how powerful this process could be to build collaboration and a collective sense of ownership for innovative ideas and projects amongst a group of people.
The decision to use it as a tool for collective innovation at our residential planning workshop allowed us to actively engage our delegates in a stimulating environment, where all ideas are considered equally. The process creates a unified sense of decision making, resulting in a clearly defined goal and action plan.
The Design Process also helped us to build rapport and a genuine sense of collegiality and collaboration between a group of people who had not worked together before, and in many cases, had never met before.
The Design process begins with the group posing a question or an issue for exploration. In the case of our Alliance team, our issues for exploration were established in our original grant application and project plan. They included the investigation of Instructional Rounds, the provision of professional support to Principals and aspiring leaders and the implementation of innovative practice in schools.
Using the Design Process at this point allowed delegates to brainstorm ideas, understand the needs of the end-user and then develop the specific strategies required for implementation.
The resultant products of the Design Process formed our four key project areas:
- Partner schools program
- Professional support networks
- Quality Teaching Rounds (which evolved from an interest in Instructional Rounds)
- Innovative schools program
Delegates chose to align themselves and their school with a specific project but the information about each was shared across the whole team.
Leaders were appointed to progress the projects with sub groups of the Alliance team. Weekly updates via our PPDP website maintained communication about progress on each.