The Design-Thinking approach is spreading rapidly in the business world. Most of the leading global brands have already adopted the approach, and it is already being taught in the top universities worldwide. But do you really know what Design-Thinking is? Why is it so popular? And how does it link to Low/No-code?
1. What is Design-Thinking?
Design-Thinking is a powerful method that allows businesses to use specific design to guide and influence consumers to react in the way they would like. By using Design-Thinking, companies can mitigate and prevent challenges. By having an in-depth understanding of the user problem (the define step), you can brainstorm ideas (the ideate step), then pick the right one and develop the best possible concept for all product elements. As a result, end-users do not get confused when utilizing your product.
2. The Design-Thinking Phases
1. Empathize: This phase is all about the user. What are their wishes and needs? In this stage, it is key to understand the user’s objectives.
2. Define: This phase is all about identifying the challenge. What difficulties do users face? What is the biggest user problem? What do users actually need?
3. Ideate: This phase is about resolving the problems you have identified with the help of our product. The product team, designers, and software engineers brainstorm and generate multiple ideas.
4. Prototype: The fourth phase is where you bring your ideas into life. By creating prototypes, you can test if the ideas are fit for the needs.
5. Test: The last phase is where the customer tests the prototype and finds out if the product fits their needs and solves their problem.
3. Why is Design-Thinking a great match with Low-Code Software development?
Low-Code software development utilizes the same type of approach as Design-Thinking; the component stages identified in the illustration above serve as a guide to the activities you would typically carry out. To gain the most informative insights for your particular application development, these stages might be switched, conducted concurrently, and repeated several times to expand the solution space and zero in on the best possible solutions.
As you will note from the illustration above, one of the main benefits of the five-stage model is how knowledge acquired at the later stages can give feedback to earlier stages. Information is continually used to inform the understanding of the problem and solution spaces and redefine the problem(s). This creates a perpetual loop in which the designers continue to gain new insights, develop new ways of viewing the product and its possible uses, and develop a far more profound understanding of the users and the problems they face.
The right low-code platform helps you and your teams focus on users throughout the entire design and development process, allowing them to deliver apps that satisfy user needs and business objectives.
- Rapid application development on the platform ensures fast progress, therefore, keeping everyone on board.
- A visual approach to designing (WYSISWYG) making it easy to share working prototypes with (business) users to begin collecting and iterating based on real-world feedback
- Continually gather insights with a built-in feedback loop that’s integrated into the development environment. And easy deployment from testing to live.
- Fast assembly and modify screens, pulling from a variety of reusable UI elements from the library.