Agile workshops for individuals and businesses

Whether you want to discover and apply Design Thinking for yourself as an individual or engage an entire department or organization with Design Thinking, we will create the learning experience that best suits your needs.


Agile workshops for individuals and businesses at HPI Academy

You can also book HPI Academy workshops exclusively for your company. In-house sessions are possible. For organizations and companies, we will also create offerings specifically tailored to your current challenges.


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One of our lead coaches will guide you live through our online workshops. You experience online teamwork in small groups – always under the close supervision of a team coach. Get to know virtual rooms and the new digital collaboration tools. No previous technical knowledge is necessary. Inspiring learning experiences, digital networking with participants from different industries and a new way of working await you!



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Workshop formats for beginners:

Introduction to Design Thinking  

The workshop Introduction to Design Thinking at HPI Academy is one of the most established Design Thinking learning formats in the world. In the workshop, participants experience the power of Design Thinking with all its core elements. 

Duration: 3 days*

* From 2022, the workshop will be held on 2 days.

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Design Thinking and Organizational Implementation - a workshop in cooperation with ESMT Business School Berlin  

This workshop is offered jointly with renowned ESMT Berlin Business School and takes place both at the HPI Academy in Potsdam and at ESMT in Berlin. Participants will learn the basics of Design Thinking and become familiar with the most important stages of this process. At the same time, participants will develop their ability to initiate changes in their companies' management practices.

Duration: 3 days

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Certificate Course in Design Thinking (Basic and Advanced Track)

Are you a professional who wants to explore Design Thinking intensively in a more academic setting? As a participant in the basic track and possibly later in the advanced track, you will learn and experience the method via  practical group work on the basis of projects realized with external project partners in business and society.

Duration: 1 semester, 2 days a week in-person (Tuesday & Friday for the basic track; Monday & Thursday for the advanced track)

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Scrum Master (PSM I)

This intensive two-day training course conveys all the key fundamentals of Scrum and places particular focus on understanding and applying the method. Participants will be familiarised with the method directly through the use of interactive exercises, thus preparing them to sit the Professional Scrum Master examination (PSM I) in an optimal manner.

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Advanced workshops:

Advanced Design Thinking - an Intensive Training in the Methods  

The Advanced Design Thinking workshop is for participants who already have experience with Design Thinking and now wish to increase their confidence in applying the methods. The most frequently used tools are intensively practiced in the workshop. Participants thus gain more confidence by putting the method into practice.

Duration: 3 days

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Navigating Uncertainty – Personal Leadership Compass

Times of uncertainty and complexity can bring out the best and worst in leaders. With the help of cutting-edge virtual reality technology, this workshop helps experienced managers and leaders reach deeper into themselves to gain insight into their default modes and assumptions about working in a team. With greater awareness of your intuitive strengths and blind spots, you can then integrate best practice and mindsets from intend based and agile leadership to strengthen your capabilities to lead high performance teams in uncertain situations.

Duration: 2 days

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From design thinking to agile development

Design thinking teams work openly on inspiring new solutions to complex problems. If these solutions prove themselves in real tests, the question arises: How can an agile development project that leads to digital solutions be tackled on the basis of these initial prototypes solutions? In this course, you will learn how the transfer works based on sample projects. Your work will be supported by experts who have accompanied numerous agile projects.

Duration: 2 days plus virtual expert videos.

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Professional Track: Managing Complexity

The participants gain lasting confidence in applying Design Thinking to complex problems in collaboration, innovation, and strategy. A special feature: participants bring their own project to work on during the program.

Duration: three 3-day sessions in person plus quick-starter day within the 3-month program

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Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation - a program of the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Hasso Plattner Institute

The digital transformation is affecting every company. It is an opportunity and a challenge at the same time. In three blocks, the joint management program of the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Hasso Plattner Institute provides the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the fast-paced digital evolution with success and guide and successfully implement digital innovation initiatives.

Duration: two 3-day sessions in Potsdam and one 4-day session in Stanford 

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Leadership Program for Innovation and Agility (LIA)

During this format leaders are going to experience the human-centered innovation mindset and enhance the skills they need to lead teams successfully. As these contexts differ depending on the organization´s needs and strategy, we offer this as a customized program, which can vary on multiple levels. For example we create Leadership formats as part of corporate development programmes; we design and conduct offers in cooperation with International Business Schools; we redesign your corporate event such as an annual Leadership Meeting. Get in touch with us and we create this program together.

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Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Design thinking is one of the world's most popular approaches for establishing a dynamic, user-centric, goal-oriented innovation culture in companies. The main layers of the approach requires well-trained Design Thinking coaches to guide innovation teams safely through the Design Thinking process.

Duration: 20 days over a period of 12 months

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