Design Thinking: Project Portfolio Management and Simulation – A Creative Mix for Research

  • Saeed ShalbafanEmail author
  • Elyssebeth Leigh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10825)


This paper takes de Bono’s explanation of ‘design thinking’ as the starting point for a report on a doctoral research project that began with a conventional ‘why?’ question, and then, instead of looking for an ‘explanation’, chose to look forward in time to establish an understanding of ‘how to’ think differently about a recurring problem. The catalyst for this work was observation of otherwise competent managers making desperately wrong decisions when good decision making was crucial to their company’s future. The initial choice to ‘look forward’ when designing the research strategy was made well before there was a clear understanding of what was being observed. Given that trajectory, this paper explores the process by which a simulation was created and then used in conjunction with a comparatively new approach to data collection (Explanation looks backwards and design looks forward [1].).


Design thinking Project portfolio management Cynefin knowledge domains Sense making in complex contexts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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