My friend Josh Cohen just introduced me to Design Thinking, a methodology for working toward a product which solves a problem. It takes 90 minutes (actually we watched most of the video at 1.25 speed...) to go through several phases of exploring the needs of a person who has a problem and working toward a solution. It's a very non-rigid process but with good definition of the goals of each phase. I really found it to be a lot of fun and more effective than I guessed it would be. In the end I arrived at a description of a product that I actually believe is viable!
Here's the “virtual crash course” video that we went through:
If you want to try it out, it's best to do so with someone else, so you can interview one another and give feedback.
I'm eager to try this process the next time I have an interesting problem to solve in Medstro.