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Divergent and Convergent Thinking Models

The design phase is made up on successive cycles of convergent and divergent thinking. This means that, as you move through the design phase, you will have to flow between thinking generatively and creatively and analytically and reductively. The balance between these throught paradigms characterizes a successful design phase, as both are necessary to realizing the potential of the opportunity spaces identified in the discovery phase and meeting the participants' needs.

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Get started with divergent and convergent thinking in the following section as you generate project ideas, then identify constraints.