HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Design Thinking Team Facilitator

  • Design Thinking


  • Learn to apply and teach the working and thinking methods of Design Thinking in a goal-oriented way.
  • Learn the skills, methods and tools to effectively navigate teams through the innovation process.
  • Acquire the ability to recognize and activate the potential of innovation teams.
  • Discover your own coaching style and at the same time train yourself to always (re)act flexibly.

Key Facts


13 workshop days

5 modules

Workshop language

Bilingual (German/English)

The general program language is English, so are the presentations and materials.


HPI Academy / HPI d-school – Professional Development, on the campus of the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam & Online


9,900 EUR (early bird price, thereafter 11,000 EUR; plus VAT)

Information on the early bird price: We start in spring and fall. If you book by January 31 (spring dates) or July 31 (fall dates), you will receive a 10% early bird discount)

More information

With a minimum of ten participants, we also offer an in-house training program for Design Thinking coaches.

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Syllabus Design Thinking Team Facilitator

Program Overview

Block 1: Basics

Module 1: DT Mindset & Process (3 Days, on site).
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of Design Thinking, from a practitioner and coach perspective. There is an in-depth examination of the two core elements of design thinking: the mindset and the process. Both aspects will be examined more closely in an interplay of inputs, versatile exercises and subsequent reflection, and brought into line with the respective prior understandings. With a view to the transition to the second module, the focus of reflection is always on the coach perspective.

Module 2: Team Coaching & Facilitation (3 Days, on site)
Different emphases are placed on the essential components of team coaching. Thus, at the beginning, the focus is on procedural support, while the second half of the workshop focuses on recognizing and dealing with different team dynamics. Throughout the training, our experienced HPI Academy coaches provide continuous, intensive support and personal feedback to all participants.

Block 2: Practice


  • Certificate from the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute.
  • Experience-based learning as a didactic model and a particularly high practical component with versatile trial and error opportunities.
  • Carefully orchestrated learning experience and structure of lifelong learning: participation in varied masterclasses and exchange formats (e.g. the virtual festival) even after completion of the certification program (from “DT Team Facilitator”).
  • Close supervision by one Design Thinking Coach per team (max. five people) in our trainings.
  • Continuous individual feedback from experienced Design Thinking Coaches.
  • Provision of a detailed coaching manual and a comprehensive digital set of method cards. Here is an excerpt from our manual.
  • Unique combination of teaching and research on the HPI campus & admission to the large HPI alumni network of Design Thinking Coaches.

Your coaches

Samuel Tschepe

Samuel Tschepe

Head of Design Thinking Coach Certification

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Madini Liebscher

Madini Liebscher

Program Lead Certification Program

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Clara Wieker

Clara Wieker

Program Lead Certification Program

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Problem solving, innovation and team dynamics

The excellently put together program goes beyond the conventional teaching of design thinking. In doing so, it challenged not only my own approach to coaching, but also how I look at problem solving, innovation, and team dynamics. My highlights were the incredibly intelligent and diverse group of participants and the experienced HPI coaches. It was only through their competent and individual support and extensive feedback that I was able to grow as a coach. It has truly been an incredible and enlightening journey these past few months! I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in becoming an enabler of change processes and wants to build their own skills.

Ryan Wu

Experience Designer at Mc Kinsey & Company

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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Design Thinking Team Facilitator

Potsdam & Online Bilingual: German and English 9900 €
plus VAT