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Training: Design Thinking Fundamentals
In addition to our Design Thinking open courses, we have a great track record delivering bespoke Design Thinking training, both online and in-person for groups of 15 to 150. We can work directly with companies and organisations, providing tailor-made, in-house courses, to drive innovation from within.
We have worked with a wide range of leading international companies, from introducing them to the basic tools and techniques of Design Thinking, to training teams in advanced facilitation, leaving teams completely self-supporting as Design Thinkers. We have also co- developed our own innovation coaching and leadership model, with our consultancy DK&A , leading practitioners and academics in the fields of design, leadership and psychology. It has been used by companies including HS2 and Richemont to develop innovation leaders and support them while they are building an innovation culture in their own organisations.
Best training I've done at Richemont.
One of the best courses I have done at PwC, so practical and relevant to our role in consulting. A real step changer in leading transformations.
I have been working for nearly 20 years in consultancies. I should have done this much earlier in my life.
Being the first fully online Innovation Week, my expectations were exceeded by miles. I met so many new people, and so many experts inspired me every day. It was unbelievable how much I've learnt in a week now that I look back. I feel lucky that I got to be a part of this week.
Design Thinking is a methodology that can make a difference to the way we approach our own and our clients problems. Everyone should go through similar training and get exposure to these techniques.
Look at the table below to see the current bespoke training options that we offer. All of them can be adapted to meet your needs.
Learning by trying: High degree of new information. Putting new concepts into practice with real-world scenarios.
Learning by demonstration: Shifting from active learner to activer doer. Taking charge of the tools and situations.
Learning in the field: Incorporating your new methodology into your professional practice. Activities become automatic with your own version and style of delivery.
When building a programme for your organisation, we can combine multiple modules to provide a complete, holistic Design Thinking journey. Please get in touch to talk through the options that interest you. Bespoke training suits organisations that want to train at least 15 colleagues. For smaller groups it is usually better value to attend our open courses, for which group discounts available
Our bespoke programmes are made to deliver the best outcome for each individual company. Please look at some of our previous bespoke training courses, featured below, to gain more insight.
If you want to find out more, then please, get in touch.
Arriva Rail London wanted to build momentum for their internal innovation programme, Launchpad. They wanted to quickly generate fresh ideas, increase engagement among their colleagues and develop customer-centred innovation skills in their organisation.
We delivered rapid research and then devised a two-day Design Sprint with two goals: to teach Design Thinking skills and simultaneously come up with some real solutions, inviting colleagues from the frontline, as well as back office to collaborate, alongside real customers to share their personal needs. and challenges when travelling on the network.
Under our training, teams generated 5 new concepts, from training solutions to tech-led innovations that can now be taken forward. 25 people were trained in Design Thinking.
Design Thinking Training + Innovation Leadership
Richemont and its Maisons wanted to discover new ways of working to deliver disruptive innovation to the luxury sector. They reached out to the Design Thinkers Academy London and began a 3-year working partnership.
We led a variety of different trainings with delegates from Richemont and their maisons, out in Geneva. This included training them in the core skills of Design Thinking, but also in Innovation Leadership, using our D360 and Gamechanger models.
Combining culture and skills development with practical service design projects, the Design Thinkers Academy London has helped Richemont upskill employees and bring transformative new services to the market.
Online Design Sprint
Every year The Data Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI, runs an Innovation Week for over 150 data scientists from 11 Scottish universities. We were asked to run this years event, focussed around an environmental challenge.
Due to the circumstances around Covid-19, we had to rapidly innovate and bring our planned live workshop to an online format, training the students in Design Thinking over the course of a one-week Design Sprint. This was the largest online hackathon of its type to ever happen over the popular collaboration platform Mural.
150 data students were effectively trained in the fundamentals of Design Thinking, with over 15 innovative solutions created in response to an important environmental issue.
Design Thinking Training + Design Sprint
Leading provider of debt collection software, Exus, asked us to help them stimulate the development of new products and services. They knew that Design Thinking would help them to retain their competitive advantage.
The first step was to upskill a range of senior staff with advanced Design Thinking methodologies. We then helped them gather insights from clients – and ran a three-day Design Sprint at the company to generate new software concepts around client needs.
Our work was the catalyst for the establishment of a Digital Transformation Unit to promote continued innovation, empowering their senior team.