The need for fast-paced human-centered innovation is greater than ever. As a framework for solving complex problems, Design Thinking takes on a whole new meaning, in times of Corona, when practically everyone needs to adapt to uncertain, rapidly changing external conditions within a matter of moments. With the drastic COVID-19 pandemic countermeasures taken around the globe, businesses are faced with a series of major challenges: Production and sales facilities have been closed down. Workflows need to be managed remotely, wherever possible. Products and services that were of high value just yesterday, suddenly have to be re-designed entirely to meet the many new demands.
As bringing people together in a physical space has so far been a main characteristic of Design Thinking, the question is now, whether it is fit to deliver its proven impact in a virtual setting as well. With face-to-face workshops having been cancelled nearly everywhere, innovation experts around the world are translating their workshops, sprints and consulting offers into digitally accessible formats. And these new formats have already shown to be quite beneficial for the stakeholders involved.