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This chapter explores the possible future avenues of design thinking towards agile design processes. We systematically analyse and describe related and possibly influencing concepts, such as lean manufacturing, lean startup, customer development, scrum, extreme programming, and design sprints, and we present process models of each concept. The concepts are aligned on a historical timeline that allows us to suggest new possible future developments towards more agile developments of design thinking. Based on an existing agile case study from industry, we explore opportunities to enrich the innovation process through method integration. Based on the findings, we suggest a novel process theory called the “agile design thinking process”, which illustrates the potential for improving the innovation process through agile concepts. We argue that the insights presented in this chapter may contribute to a better theoretical understanding of design thinking, and allow for more agile innovation processes.

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