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Design Thinking Boot Camp

Design, build, and apply solution paths using defining value, ideating, rapid prototyping, and iterating

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Design Thinking

Design Thinking Boot Camp

Design, build, and apply solution paths using defining value, ideating, rapid prototyping, and iterating

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Course Overview

Design thinking is an over-used phrase and has accumulated quite a bit of misinformation in recent years. However, the original concepts behind design thinking are immensely valuable in today’s organizations as we seek solutions to complex problems. Arising from early visual design and ideation practices, design thinking has evolved over time into both a philosophy for solving complex problems as well as a concrete methodology for designing and building solutions. This design thinking course teaches you both.

During this fast-paced course, you experience a hands-on journey through the design thinking process. Led by an expert with deep experience leading teams who design and build solutions in real-world environments, you and your peers collaborate to define and solve problems using design thinking techniques. You will learn a straightforward process for problem definition, ideation, teaming, testing solutions, and applying the process of solution building in your own organizational environment.

Course Content

Part 1: Introduction – What do we mean by design…and what are we thinking?

  1. Design thinking overview
  2. How structure and process apply to creativity
  3. The need to solve problems
  4. Types of problems, types of solutions
  5. Components of design thinking
  6. Human centrism: The importance of your users, customers, & consumers

Exercise: Who has the problem? Defining the user or customer

Part 2: Framing Problems

  1. What’s the problem, really?
  2. Discovering problems
  3. Technology problems and products
  4. OODA loops and backlogs
  5. Distinguishing symptoms, problems, and root causes
  6. Refining problem definition
  7. Repeatably finding “a-ha” moments

Exercise: Select a problem candidate

Exercise: Root cause analysis for isolating and defining a specific problem

Part 3: Divergent Ideation

  1. What is divergent thinking?
  2. Generating raw material
  3. Iterating on divergence
  4. Your north star: Human-centric solutions
  5. Using divergence to refine the problem space

Group exercise: Rapid ideation

Part 4: Convergent Ideation

  1. What is convergent thinking?
  2. Refinement and synthesis
  3. Defining a future state for solution paths
  4. Selecting solution candidates

Exercise: Revisiting your user persona and choosing the solution

Part 5: Testing Solution Candidates

  1. Agility overview
  2. Advice on prototyping
  3. How to prototype rapidly
  4. Collecting data
  5. Variables
  6. Rapid testing
  7. Iterating on tests

Exercise: Modeling a testing cycle and group critique

Part 6: Iterating on Solutions

  1. The feedback cycle
  2. Agile practices for iteration
  3. Measuring value
  4. OODA loops again
  5. Evolving solutions

Exercise: Walking through the iteration

Part 7: Teaming for Design and Solution Building

  1. Applying design thinking in the typical enterprise
  2. Product, service, system, or solution?
  3. Teams in the problem space
  4. Design collaboration
  5. Prioritizing the design portfolio

Part 8: Obstacles to Design Thinking in Organizations

  1. Cultural obstacles
  2. Overcoming silos
  3. Defining value correctly
  4. Keeping human qualities at the center of the design
  5. Applying design thinking to non-traditional roles
  6. Engineering hurdles
  7. The challenge of scale

Exercise: Preparing for scalability challenges and transitioning from discovery to delivery

Part 9: Class Conclusion – Charting Your Course

  1. Expert Q&A
  2. Discussion: Is your solution useful?
  3. Your action items when the class is over

Learning Objectives

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Identify the components of design thinking
  • Define users and customers
  • Distinguish symptoms, problems, and root causes
  • Create repeatable “a-ha” moments
  • Define a future state for solution paths
  • Prototype rapidly
  • Apply Agile practices for iteration
  • Keep human qualities at the center of the design
  • Apply design thinking to non-traditional roles

Audience

This design thinking course is perfect for anyone involved in product development, which includes roles such as:

  • Product Managers
  • Product Directors
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • L&D Professionals
  • UX/UI Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Visual Designers
  • Product Designers
  • Services Designers
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers
  • Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs

Pre-requisites

Students should have a basic understanding of Agile methodologies before taking this course.

Course Preparation

This course does not require any pre-course preparation.

Certifying Bodies & Exams

This course does not include a formal certification or exam.

What You Receive

Three-days (24 hours) instruction from one of our experienced trainers. Also included are:

  • course materals

Course Address

We can train at a location of your choice.

Course Duration

Course duration - 2 days

Why train with Radtac?

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