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TR10-001 | 9th March 2010 10:29

Design Thinking in IT Development?

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TR10-001
Authors: Tilmann Lindberg, Christoph Meinel
Publication: 9th March 2010 19:57
Downloads: 2230
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Abstract:
While information technology (IT) is regarded as one of the main current and future drivers of social and societal developments, the term IT design is mainly associated with purely technical issues, which is related to the predominant role of engineering expertise in IT development. However, whereas the engineers’ technical background bases fundamentally on a strong tradition in scientific-analytic thinking, many challenges of IT development require also expertise in design thinking, dealing with more ambiguous human-related aspects of a design problem. In this paper, we outline the differences between design thinking and the prevalent thinking in IT development, and discuss whether design thinking can solve essential problems IT development presently is faced with.


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