SOI-135 Fundamentals of Design Thinking

Essentials
Instructor Lucilla Fazio, Tommaso Corà
Modality In presence
ECTS 1
Period First semester

Course objectives

The course is designed to teach participants how to approach problem solving with a practical,
stakeholder-centric mindset that leads to innovation. Through a concrete, shared experience,
participants will learn more about stakeholders, how to challenge assumptions, reframe problems,
and create creative solutions that lead to differentiation and competitive advantage.

Content summary

• Design as fit
• Evolution of design
• History of silicon valley
• Ideo and its role in the spread of design thinking
• Design thinking
• Evolution of design thinking models and consequences (stanford, design council uk, ibm)
• Design as an ambidextrous discipline
• Cynefin decision domain analysis model
• Framing of a problem and problem statement
• How design thinking has changed designers and design leadership

Learning Outcomes

• Understand what Design Thinking is and learn the benefits it can bring at a personal and
organizational level to managing development projects in their organizations.
• Become an agent of change and innovation in the corporate culture
• Know how to move from the problem frame to the solution frame, identifying new paths that
have never been taken before.
• Transform ideas into practical and attractive proposals for the people we are addressing
• Leverage design thinking by transforming it into an asset that adds value to the entire team in
their academic and work contexts