Design Thinking and Agile

In this workshop the participants work in teams and with coaches in a simulated innovation project. The goal will be to translate the rough idea into a testable prototype that is prepared for agile implementation. In this way the participants learn how the agile approaches Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Scrum can work together as a team.

Design Thinking and Agile at HPI Academy

Target Group

This workshop is aimed at project managers (e.g. product owners) and project staff who want to experience different approaches to agile teamwork and want to reflect together on the specific team dynamics that result from this.

You should attend the course ...

  • if you are looking for opportunities to reflect and exchange with others who actively work with agile methods;
  • if you want to experience design thinking combined with agile development;
  • if you want to understand how Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Scrum can be combined in teamwork.

Workshop Topics

The workshop participants work on a realistic business project using selected methods from Design Thinking and Scrum. In addition, you will receive expert input on the topic of Lean Startup.

The participants will be coached by experts on Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Scrum. In joint plenary discussions, the participants reflect the team dynamics in the agile approaches as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the content.


First day of workshop:        

The first workshop day is for team building and entry into the company project. The participants work with coaches and develop prototypes using design thinking methods.

A networking event closes this day.

Start: 9:00 a.m. End: 7:00 p.m.

Second day of workshop:        

In the afternoon the participants get an insight into the topic Lean Startup. Here they learn how companies have agile tested business models before they started the development.

Start: 9:00 a.m. End: 5:00 p.m.

Third day of workshop:        

On the third day, the participants work on their product vision and begin preparing the teamwork with Scrum. They develop a user story map and a so-called minimum viable product (MVP).

The agile experts assume the role of lead developers who critically examine the product vision for their feasibility.

In a final reflection, the strengths and limitations of agile approaches are contrasted. 

Start: 9:00 a.m. End: 5:00 p.m.


  • Registration :

    • February, 19 - 21, 2020 (3 days) - For February, please register here
    • September, 16 - 18, 2020 (3 days) - For September, please register here

  • Location: HPI Academy, Potsdam
  • Costs: 3000.- EUR (plus VAT); 15% discount on the participation fee for participants of the workshop Design Thinking Introduction (Open Courses)
  • Course language: Inputs and presentations are in English, teamwork is in German or English depending on the team's preference and ability.
  • Includes: participation, materials, transport to and from offsite workshop locations if needed, 1 Coach per max. 6 participants, full board and Happy Hour (network event in the evening).

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