Design Thinking Workshop

October 7–8, 2015

Tuition

2015: $2,600.

Design thinking workshop

Inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs were quintessential innovators who used a problem-solving process called “design thinking” to revolutionize entire industries and establish an enviable competitive advantage for their companies. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied in any field—from architecture and design to healthcare and product development to urban planning and beyond. 

This intensive two-day program delves into the fundamentals of this creative approach by immersing you in dynamic discussions, relevant readings, and team exercises. As you put your knowledge to work in several design challenges, you’ll learn how to harness the power of design thinking to create a path to innovation, unveil new possibilities, and make a greater contribution to your organization’s future success. 

Why you should attend

  • Learn the fundamentals of design thinking to improve organizational performance 
  • Solve complex challenges through the process of structured design thinking
  • Drive better results by combining design thinking with analytical decision making 
  • Establish a framework for building an environment that fosters creativity
  • Develop new ways to collaborate across all functions of the organization

Program highlights

  • Implementing design thinking processes and tools to drive innovation
  • Understanding the role of people in successful design thinking
  • Transitioning through the phases of inspiration, ideation, and implementation
  • Using tools like visualization, mapping, and storytelling to create solutions
  • Applying the design thinking methodology to your specific challenges
  • Testing, refining, and improving new ideas, business models, and processes

Who should enroll

This program is ideal for professionals from any industry who are tasked with problem solving and are looking for new approaches to finding solutions.

The workshop nature of this program is particularly useful to teams from the same organization who also want to use the program to tackle an organizational design challenge.

Faculty

Dave Power

Dave Power

Dave Power is president of Power Strategy Inc. where he helps executive teams with growth strategy, alignment, and execution. Power has guided growth companies as an operating executive, board member, and advisor for more than 25 years.

As an operating executive, Power was CEO of Novera Software, a private Internet software company; senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at RSA Security; and a vice president and general manager at Sun Microsystems.

As a partner at Fidelity Ventures, Power was an investor and board member in a number of successful growth companies including Black Duck Software, Castlight Health, EnterpriseDB, Polyserve, Ping Identity, and Vibes Media. Power was also a venture partner at Charles River Ventures.

In his early career, Power was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting where he co-founded the firm’s technology industry practice, advising Apple Computer, Lotus Development, and other technology leaders. He also designed and delivered executive development programs.

Power received an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and bachelor of science in civil engineering and master of science degree in environmental engineering from Tufts University.

Caitlin Toombs

Caitlin Toombs

Caitlin Toombs, who co-teaches the program with Dave Power, knows the value of getting thoughts up on the wall and working through them as a team. In the program development group at Continuum, she listens to organizations from various industries to understand their business challenges and design programs that solve their challenges.

Caitlin has worked with global clients across various industries including financial services, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, and the government. The breadth of this work gives her a strong ability to create connections that, while perhaps unexpected or nontraditional, can shape clients’s thinking about the processes and behaviors they are seeking to understand.

Caitlin has facilitated workshops with organizations around the world, and recently spent six months working in Kenya with The World Bank to develop microinsurance product offerings for the mass market. She graduated from the Coaches Training Institute Coaching Curriculum and Leadership program in 2012.

Prior to joining Continuum, Caitlin worked in advertising and marketing at Shark Communications in Vermont. She graduated from Middlebury College and, outside of work, is most often found enjoying all that New England has to offer.