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.

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.


Design Thinking workshop formats for beginners:

Open Course: Introduction to Design Thinking  

The open course in 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


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


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)


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


Method Deep Dive - Mechanics & Effects of Design Thinking

"Mechanics & Effects of Design Thinking" is a methode-deep-dive workshop for experienced design thinkers with a focus on team building, synthesis, and prototyping. The workshop uses insights from top-level research in Design Thinking and related disciplines. 

Duration: 3 days


Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile Development

Participants collaborate to design an overview of the three agile approaches. Each approach is given an exemplary test run in short phases of teamwork. The aim is to use the experience gained from teamwork and participants' earlier projects to develop strategically useful combinations of the three methods.

Duration: 3 days


Design Thinking meets Change Management

This one-day workshop focuses on directed application and exploration of Design Thinking for Change Management. This workshop gives participants an opportunity to hack standard Change Management practices to include more agility and human-centeredness. The results embody the ethos of Design Thinking and encourage innovative practice in an important organizational area.

Duration: 1 day



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


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 


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