Design Thinking Workshops

The best way to learn Design Thinking is to do Design Thinking

Our highly-experiential workshops teach Design Thinking concepts arranged around real-world challenges faced by your organization. They are designed for organizations and individuals who want to become more human-centered in their approach and innovative in their thinking. Design Thinking is highly applicable for business professionals, C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders from the public and private sectors.

Over the course of the workshop, attendees are exposed to new concepts and methods around human-centered design. They will learn:

  • How to empathize with the needs and desires of end-users
  • How to define the real problem(s) that need to be solved
  • Brainstorming techniques to ideate potential solutions
  • Prototyping skills to act quickly on those ideas
  • Testing methods to iterate refinements to develop the ideal solution

Attendees will learn key aspects of the process through collaboration, communication, and reflection.

There are two types of workshops: In-person workshops of 1-3 days in duration; or virtual workshops of 3-5 days in duration (more days, but less time each day due to challenges of the virtual environment).

Sample Agenda (2-Day In-Person Workshop)

Day 1

1
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Introduce the participants, goals, and plan for the workshop; review innovative mindset; conduct exercises to get the creative juices flowing.

2
DESIGN THINKING CONCEPTS

An introduction and overview to the Design Thinking approach; conduct exercise to demonstrate concepts; introduce the challenge for the workshop.

3
EMPATHY

In-depth session on Empathy phase; participants conduct Empathy activities for challenge outside of classroom; share and synthesize insights; create and share Empathy Map.

4
DAY 1 WRAP-UP

Reflect on what we have learned in the day’s session; discuss plans for next day.

Day 2

1
DEFINE

In-depth session on Define phase; frame problem; develop POV and problem-statements; share findings.

2
IDEATE

In-depth session on Ideation phase; brainstorming session related to our mission; synthesis of generated ideas.

3
PROTOTYPE / TEST

In-depth sessions on Prototype and Test phases; review prototypes with potential end-users for feedback; revise and iterate as needed.

4
PRESENTATIONS

Share potential solutions and discuss findings; review and practice presentation and storytelling skills; create and deliver presentations.

5
WORKSHOP WRAP-UP

Reflect on what we have learned in the workshop: discuss plans for using Design Thinking in your organization and in your jobs; identify potential use-cases.

Workshop Format

There are two types of workshops: In-person workshops of one to three days in duration, with 30-36 participants (recommended) per workshop; or virtual workshops of three to five days in duration (more days, but less time each day due to challenges of the virtual environment), with 20-30 participants (recommended).

Each workshop is guided by experienced leaders from the Barkley Consulting Group and includes:

  • A customized program and agenda specific to the needs of your organization and the desired outcomes of the workshop.
  • Pre-workshop assignments (optional) that get participants engaged in the topic area before the workshop begins. This includes potential exercises and research.
  • The facilitation, execution, and delivery of the workshop.
  • A post-workshop review of up to 3 hours with participants and management to discuss ways to implement learnings in their work.

What Makes Us Different?

We come from the corporate world and have been on the other side of this type of education.  We know how to connect experiential learning with participants because we have been there ourselves.  Our workshops and services resonate with working people across all industries, sectors, and roles. Most importantly, we make sure our workshops are fun, enlightening, and inspirational.

We connect with our audience by giving insightful instruction immediately followed by immersive, experiential activities that allow participants to practice what they have learned on the workshop challenge. People can learn Design Thinking in minutes. It is how it is applied that can be the difference between success and failure.

Our workshops are meant to not only advance the way people think through Design Thinking, but also to discuss practical ways for them to implement what they have learned into their work.

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice”

– Anton Chekhov