STC India Pune Learning Session 2

By, Prachi Karnik

The STC India Pune Chapter held a half-day workshop on April 15, 2017 on “Design Thinking” at Persistent Software Pvt. Ltd. This workshop was a continuation of the session on “Design Thinking” held earlier on March 18, 2017, at TIBCO Software.

The session started with a welcome note by Ameya Atawane, STC India Pune City Representative for 2017. She introduced the speakers and the illustrious members of the team – Sinoj Mullangath, JP Mohanty, Atish Arora, Anjali Singh, and Hemant Baliwala.

Sinoj started the session with an interesting concept, the Double Diamond process, which maps the convergent and divergent stages of a design process. The process is based on the premise that when faced with a problem, one shouldn’t directly jump to the solution; they should rather try to question or challenge the problem statement and get more problems statements. You must look for a specific problem, explore possibilities and then try to narrow down to a solution. The participants were divided into groups and asked to think of problems and then find solutions using the Double Diamond process.

There were several interactive activities for the participants which beautifully highlighted the principles used in the design process. The participants were able to get an insight into the thinking process that is followed by designers. Also there were tips on various topics, such as “How to ideate” and “How to form a problem statement”.

The workshop ended on a high note leaving the participants with very enthusiastic memories and takeaways. Makarand Pandit, the immediate Past President STC India Chapter, expressed his gratitude to the presenters. Mugdha Achalkar expressed the vote of thanks before concluding the session.

About the Author

With a degree in Instrumentation Engineering and having worked in the field of Process Control for almost 10 years, Prachi changed tracks to pursue a career in technical writing. Documentation has always held a fascination for her since it involves understanding complex concepts and simplifying them for the users.  On an optimistic note, she feels that technical writers are more like historians, since documents written today could be a guideline for the generations to come!