COVID-19 Updates: We fully expect to resume on-campus Short Programs courses during the Summer of 2022. Please read more here.
Strengthen your leadership capabilities with powerful new approaches for conceiving radically innovative solutions, creating vision that gains buy-in, and developing solutions that people love, emotionally and intellectually. Through highly interactive lectures and small group exercises, you’ll master a proven 10-Step Design Process and acquire the strategies and hands-on experience you need to pioneer innovation and design-thinking in your workplace.
This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology.
As technical leaders progress in their careers, they are expected to communicate, influence, and innovate across cross-functional teams. This is as true of start-ups as it is of large matrixed organizations. However, the skills that have made these leaders successful thus far are different than the ones they need to thrive in the future.
This course will equip you with tools, case studies, mental models, and practical methodologies you can immediately put into practice that will propel your journey and ensure your success at the next stage of your career.
Using a 10-Step Design Process and a 3-Step Vision Creation and Communication Process, you’ll experience the design process firsthand in this interactive class that will expand your thinking, increase your confidence, and help you and your teams create more powerful solutions. Led by innovation experts, you’ll learn how to create materials that align technical and non-technical audiences and understand the vital importance of the psychology behind how people interact with technology. You will also discover how to manage creativity and assess the effectiveness of your solutions.
By the end of the three days, you’ll be better equipped to conceive of radically innovative solutions, deeply understand who your real stakeholders are and what they care about, create vision that gains buy-in from senior management and colleagues, avoid hazards, and create solutions that people love, both emotionally and intellectually.
This course was previously titled Mastering Innovation & Design-Thinking.
Successful innovation requires the ability to employ design-thinking, as well as the skills to lead effectively in this context. To enhance your learning, this course is designed to be paired with the MIT Professional Education course Engineering Leadership For Emerging Leaders.
- Understand and apply a 10-Step Design Process
- Distinguish between incremental innovation and radical innovation when creating new solutions
- Explore case-studies to better understand how to communicate, inspire, and achieve backing for innovative solutions in multiple organizations
- Research and understand the complex network of stakeholders involved in any project
- Rapidly create and refine a vision for any product or service using a 3-phase approach to align technical and non-technical audiences
- Understand and leverage the psychology behind human-machine interface
- Effectively understand if your end-users will be delighted by your product or service
Who Should Attend
This course is targeted for technical professionals who depend on cross-functional influence to successfully deliver solutions to organizational problems. Some job titles include:
- Design or research engineers who need a methodology for creating new development pipelines
- Project engineers or managers who want frameworks for leading highly effective innovation efforts
- Product engineers looking to develop new solutions for consumer challenges
- Applied scientists who want to translate data into actionable and innovative insights
- Research scientists who need practical frameworks for communicating and acquiring support for their work
Professionals in other areas who believe that design-thinking would be valuable in their careers are also welcome to attend.
Laptops or tablets with the ability to create PowerPoint or Keynote presentations are required for this course.
Class runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.
- The 10-Step Design Process: Overview of the design process and group exercises
- Small Group Design Exercise: Interactive design exercise, evaluation of design
- Innovation: Understanding the origin of innovation, evaluating design principles
- Case Study 1: Solve your problem by solving someone else’s problem
- 3-Phase Vision Creation: Learning to articulate design in phases, K-Scripts, State Tables
- Stakeholder Analysis: Understanding how to map the complex network of beneficiaries
- Decision-evaluation and critique: Evaluation exercise, critique techniques
- Psychology of human-computer interaction
- Case Study 2: Constraints fuel innovation
- Small Group Design Exercise 2: Empathetic design experience
- Leadership Skills: overview of skills required to create an innovative culture
- Case Study 3: Obsolete yourself before someone else obsoletes you
- Usability Testing Techniques: Organizing and interpreting results
- Presentation Techniques: Advocating for innovation and design
- Small-Group Project: Redesigning something real
- Presentation of Analysis and Design
- Design Philosophy and Closing Remarks
We fully expect to resume on-campus Short Programs courses during the Summer of 2022. Please read more here.
Links & Resources
- The Heart of Innovation - Mind the Product London, October 2017
- Nanotube Enhanced Ultracapacitor
- TEDx Braintrust with Blade Kotelly
- High energy and power density nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitor design, modeling, testing, and predicted performance
- Blade Kotelly, head of the Edify Design Collaborative
- Keeping it real through systems thinking SDM student addresses real-world challenges in his academic studies
- Profile of Blade Kotelly, MIT Industrial Liaison Program
- Gordon Engineering Leadership Program’s "Engineering Innovation and Design" course -MIT Open CourseWare (OCW). The OCW material includes lecture notes as well as video commentary by the instructors.
The type of content you will learn in this course, whether it's a foundational understanding of the subject, the hottest trends and developments in the field, or suggested practical applications for industry.
How the course is taught, from traditional classroom lectures and riveting discussions to group projects to engaging and interactive simulations and exercises with your peers.
What level of expertise and familiarity the material in this course assumes you have. The greater the amount of introductory material taught in the course, the less you will need to be familiar with when you attend.