If you like staying up to date and enjoy meeting other Design Thinking enthusiasts, attend the d.confestival of the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam! Highly impressive keynotes, entertaining workshop sessions and a playful atmosphere turn the festival into a very special event. By offering the rather unusual subject „IT Systems Engineering“ as a major and spicing it up with Design Thinking, the HPI has become the German counterpart to its sister institution at Stanford University in the Silicon Valley. During numerous panel discussions on exciting topics such as "The Future of Work", the international guests of the d.confestival could share their best practices and thus learn from each other. As design thinking coaches, we enjoy getting together with other Design Thinkers in order to gain insights into other perspectives and to exchange personal experiences. Events like the d.confestival contribute to companies' discovery of the mindset and to the integration of the method into their individual organizational context. We at Mindshift.One have learned a lot and we are looking forward to the next d.confestival!
Our partner Ideascale invited us to write another guest post on their blog. This time, we talk about how design thinking complements crowdsourced innovation.
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This week, we conducted two workshops for a total of 35 high school seniors and enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere as well as the students' enthusiasm. It is fun to work for and with the young generation and we are looking forward to our upcoming events this fall. Click here for more information on our service for schools.
This week began with a major Design Thinking workshop as part of our cooperation with KfW, during which we had the chance to generate lots of promising new ideas. The project team has been working on a vision image for their department since the end of May and already had the chance to collect valuable insights into the needs of different stakeholder groups in intensive interviews conducted over the past months.
This workshop week started off with two days of synthesis, during which the most important needs, goals and challenges were given a “human face“ in form of personas.
On the third workshop day the team worked on solutions together with guests and continued with the creation of prototypes. During the afternoon pitch, managers gave positive feedback and expressed their determination to further promote a Design Thinking mindset within KfW and keep supporting the project team in the course of their innovation journey.
The team has been successful in initiating change and has managed to inspire colleagues with their passion and engagement. We, too, are impressed and looking forward to working with this team and KfW to develop and eventually implement some of the fantastic ideas from this project.
In July, we conducted a final three-day workshop to finish off our project at Daimler’s Rastatt plant. In cooperation with Haufe Akademie, our work with Daimler’s creative team had begun in May and together we worked on two separate Design Thinking challenges.
One half of the team focused on communication and collaboration within the Daimler plant, while the other half worked on a more production-based problem statement. Diving into intensive project work, the participants conducted a variety of interviews with colleagues from the production lines, in administration as well as in management and identified the most important needs. Using their findings from research, the teams developed two prototypes that went way beyond simple lego-constructions or paper prototypes.
The three-day workshop not only served as a finale for the synthesis phase but also provided room to generate new ideas based on the profound insights of the research phase. These ideas were visualized as “low-fidelity-prototypes“, while the more elaborate prototypes were tested and developed further with the help of other Daimler colleagues.
Almost 20 high-level managers joined the pitching event on day three. The main research insights and all four prototypes were presented and the event ended with a great round of applause. The plant management confirmed our impression in their inspiring final speech: Daimler Rastatt is open to new ideas and will continue to drive change!
All four prototypes will be further developed and we are looking forward to supporting the team in the future. We definitely enjoyed these past 8 weeks of working with such an open-minded creative team. We would like to thank the plant management, Haufe Akademie and of course all project and workshop participants for a successful project and the overwhelming feedback!
On June 20, we held a half-day workshop in collaboration with IdeaScale. The event took place at C-Hub in Mannheim and we were happy to welcome almost 30 guests from various industries. We had a great conversation about innovation management and the numerous possibilities that Open Innovation offers. Our guests learned how to find and develop the most valuable ideas in their business. In a mixture of informative, inspirational talks and short interactive exercises, the participants gathered valuable insights into Open Innovation. After the event, all guests were invited to network and exchange ideas over a glass of wine.
Many companies use Open Innovation platforms to stay ahead of the curve and to find out who has the next great idea. This fosters internal collaboration between employees as well as an open dialogue with customers and partners. Creative people from all over the world can come together to generate and work on ideas.
Mindshift.One and IdeaScale support companies with a partner offering which combines innovative methods with a powerful software solution.
On behalf of both Mindshift.One and IdeaScale we would like to thank all participants for making their way to Mannheim on June 20. We wish you success on your innovation journey and look forward to staying in touch.