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Create Innovative Teams with Design Thinking

Implement design thinking principles and team-based methods to support idea generation and create innovative teams.

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Explore the role of design thinking for teams with the University of Adelaide

A design thinking approach is crucial for problem-solving and encouraging innovation. On this four-week course from the University of Adelaide, you’ll learn how to implement design thinking principles to increase innovation in your team.

The course has been carefully designed to help you gain practical knowledge you can use in your context. You’ll learn the basics of design thinking to enable your team to generate and implement ideas rapidly.

By the end, you’ll understand how to analyse your own team environment and get started with design thinking for innovation.

Unpack the principles of design thinking

As you learn what design thinking is and how it differs from other approaches, you’ll discover the benefits of this approach for teams and organisations.

You’ll learn the core principles of design thinking and how they work in action. This knowledge will ensure you know how to apply the principles to problem-solve in your context.

Delve into idea generation

Idea generation is an important component of innovative teams. On the course, you’ll learn how to implement team-based methods for idea generation.

You’ll learn techniques for idea expansion and visualisation, as well as selection, refinement, and implementation.

Learn how to implement design thinking in a team environment

With the knowledge of design thinking principles and benefits, you’ll then learn how to implement design thinking within your team environment.

Exploring real-life examples, you’ll learn the steps you can take to bring design thinking to your team and overcome the hurdles you may encounter.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Organisations are currently facing some of the most complex issues to date. We’re grappling with climate change, social justice, and rapidly changing technologies, alongside changing business models that question what “value creation” means. Solving these problems requires teams to collaborate, share ideas and use their combined creative skills. These teams will need a reliable process to guide them along the journey. The Design Thinking Framework is the solution. It will assist you and your team develop Ideas that will meet the identified needs of the user, and to innovate in ways the drive business value. If you need to find desirable, viable and feasible solutions to complex problems then enrol today and start your team’s transformation to innovation, powered using design thinking.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: What is design thinking?

  • Define design thinking and how it differs from other approaches
  • The benefits of design thinking for teams and organisations

Week 2: Principles of design thinking

  • What are the core principles of design thinking?
  • What do these principles look like in action?
  • What is a well-defined problem statement and how are the principles applied to develop them?

Week 3: Team-based methods for idea generation and implementation

  • Idea expansion and visualisation
  • Idea selection and refinement

Week 4: Implementing design thinking in a team environment

  • Examples of design thinking in an organisation and a team
  • What steps could a manager take to bring design thinking into a team? Where would you start?
  • What hurdles would a manager need to overcome in order to implement design thinking in their team?

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the benefits of implementing design thinking in a team environment.
  • Apply principles of design thinking to develop well-defined problem statements.
  • Identify team-based methods for expanding, refining, visualising, and implementing ideas.
  • Explain how design thinking could be implemented in a team environment.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for new or emerging managers, or team leaders from any industry.

You’ll be supported to upskill and update your approach to management, no matter what industry you are working in.

Please note, Stephan is not able to join the discussions or respond to individual comments, however, the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion - supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

Who will you learn with?

I am skilled in Design Thinking, Branding, Visual Communication, Futures Design and Agile methods. My key interests are complex problem-solving, critical thinking in teams and strategic leadership.

Who developed the course?

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution. They are committed to developing quality students and lifelong learners who are recognised for their skills, creativity, global outlook and ability to succeed.

  • World ranking

    Top 110Source: QS World University Rankings 2023

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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