HPI Academy - A Unique Combination of Science and Practical Application

We Provide In-Depth Knowledge for Successful Innovation and Transformation

Other business relevant topics that you can discover with us

  • Design Thinking enables organizations to innovate in an intelligent way. We are leading in the field of Design Thinking education, training and certification.

  • With our Leadership Development, Organizational Development and Strategy formats, we provide specific support in building leadership capabilities and setting up modern structures within organizations.

  • We offer a modular portfolio, from which programs for both singular transformation phases as well as those for comprehensive innovation and transformation projects are developed.

  • To harness the potential of digital transformation, professionals need IT skills that help them tackle complex business challenges, and thus create real value for their organizations. We support organizations in this process.

Center of Excellence

As a Center of Excellence, closely linked  to the Digital Engineering Faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute  and the University of Potsdam, the HPI Academy guarantees the best training and further education with high academic standards.


Selected Workshops

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Workshop / Program Date Location Language Costs Information


HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

  • Design Thinking
Potsdam Bilingual: German and English 17500 €
plus VAT


Strategic Design Thinking for Every Day

  • Design Thinking
Online English 549 €
plus VAT


Professional Scrum Master (PSM I)

  • IT & Digitalization
Potsdam English 1500 €
plus VAT

For teams and companies

Workshop / Program Information


Design Thinking and Corporate Change

  • Design Thinking


Design Thinking Sprint

  • Design Thinking


Navigating Uncertainty 

  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development


HPI Academy Launches New Networking Event Series “Innovation Excellence Talks”

HPI Academy Launches New Networking Event Series “Innovation Excellence Talks”

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1.000+ organizations work with us

10.000+ professionals trained

500+ innovation projects implemented


A fine selection of our customers

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Cases: Examples of Successful Cooperation with Organizations

Business relevant topics that you can discover with us


The term agility can be traced back to Steven Goldman, Roger Nagel and Kenneth Preiss, among others. In January 1991, their first book on agility, 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy, was published, followed by Agile Competitors and Virtual Organizations in 1994. With the emergence of the Agile Manifestoi.e. the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, the term agile gained increasing importance in the software development context for the methods XP, Scrum, DSDM, ASD, FDD and Crystal. Agile is a mindset or culture of its own, but it encompasses quite a bit more than what Scrum covers. In today’s dynamic environment, it is very important to be able to react proactively to market changes. Scrum® is a process model that defines certain rules, roles and workflows to develop software. One rule is to work in time-defined sprints. The application of Scrum® in project management contributes to an agile way of working, which is why agile working and Scrum® are often seen as synonymous, but they are not. Kanban should also be mentioned as an agile method at this point. 


Change Management

People who want to lead and develop organizations and responsibly plan and implement change processes deal with change management. Developing organizations effectively is a central core competence today. For this it is necessary to gain and deepen knowledge about organizations, leadership, culture, change and strategy. It is necessary to learn how to move organizations, culture and people. Professional competence, process competence, the ability to act effectively are particularly important here, as is knowledge of systems theory. In practical case studies, individual practice sequences and personal transfer tasks, theoretical knowledge is put into practice. Executives, entrepreneurs, experts from staff functions, managers, internal and external consultants and specialists from organizational development deal with learning organizations. For the theoretical foundations the following should be mentioned John P. Kotter, Kurt Lewin, W. Krüger.

New Work  

Some workshops of the HPI Academy deal with the “culture of the new working world”, often summarized as “New Work”. This is because the world of work is becoming increasingly agile and is undergoing major changes. It is clear that changes in society,  the economy, the environment, technology, and digitization are putting pressure on established work structures and practices. There is a broad spectrum of meaning behind the term New Work. We find people who have been inspired by the ideas of philosopher Fritjof Bergmann and his “New Work Culture,” and who understand this new world of work as a vision of a self-sufficient post-capitalist utopia. In addition to Bergmann, another thought leader of the scene is Frederic Laloux, author of “Reinventing Organizations.” Agile working methods, efficient collaboration in teams, strategic online communication, technology-based collaboration whether remotely, in the office and from the home office, determine our working environment today. Key questions are: how can we make online communication and collaboration in the digital environment, such as product development in innovation projects, accessible to all, break down barriers and use change as an opportunity to innovate our working world? 

Online workshops

Interactive online workshops or webinars can deliver knowledge in a smart, modern and engaging way. Tools and applications such as Zoom, Miro, Trello, MS Teams, Microsoft Sharepoint, Google Drive and Dropbox help, making it very easy to collaborate and share data or build prototypes online. Online teamwork at the HPI Academy always takes place in small groups. Workshop participants learn about virtual spaces and digital new collaboration tools, no prior technical or software knowledge is necessary. Inspiring learning experiences, digital networking and modern, agile working methods are the focus. A dynamic online workshop structure of input, teamwork, trial and error, and reflection leads participants step by step into a new mindset. An excellent supervision ratio guarantee concentrated, effective and output-oriented teamwork and collaboration. Companies can easily participate via their existing systems and internet browser: no software installation, no login with personal data is necessary. Our workshops can be used immediately and we provide the entire technical infrastructure.