For Professionals

"Design Thinking is not a magic wand
that transforms complexity into
simplicity. But it helps to approach
positive change in a systematic way."


Annie Kerguenne, Program Developer Executive Trainings

Für Professionals
For Professionals

"The first Design Thinking
program that is designed to be
implemented in every company context."


Edda Mann, SAP Design Thinking Coach

HPI Academy: Design Thinking for professionals

HPI Academy, the advanced training provider of Hasso Plattner Institute, offers professionals a high-caliber education in Design Thinking and Human Centered Innovation & Transformation.

Building on the HPI D-School's years of experience with innovation projects in practically all subject areas, the HPI Academy offers formats that are tailored to the needs of professionals.

Whether you want to explore Design Thinking as an individual and apply it in practical contexts, or if want to bring your team or whole organization into contact with the method – the experienced HPI Academy program designers create an innovation experience that best fits your needs.


Continuous Study Program in Design Thinking (Certification Studies):

Certificate in Design Thinking (Basic and Advanced Track)

As a professional, you want to intensively experience the mindset and the array of methods to gain confidence in applying Design Thinking for your own innovation projects? As a participant in our academic program (Basic Track and possibly later Advanced Track) you will experience the mindset and learn a variety of methods. The ultimate kick: In collaboration with external project partners from business and society, you will apply your knowledge to real problems in the innovation context of organizations.

Duration: 1 - 2 semesters, 2 program days per week (Tuesday and Friday for the Basic Track and Monday and Thursday for the Advanced Track)

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Applications are submitted through the HPI Academy.



Online workshop: Design Thinking Introduction

You want to develop new approaches to innovation in your company? The Design Thinking Introcuction is a three-day online workshop which brings you closer to the core elements of the innovation method of Design Thinking.

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Online workshop: Design Thinking Advanced

This new format for participants with design thinking experience: "Design Thinking Advanced". The online workshop intensifies the work with the learned tools and methods.

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Online course: Strategic Design Thinking For Every Day

This is an online course for change makers who want to use Strategic Design Thinking for everyday challenges. You learn to use the whole potential of the approach, going beyond the method and the tools. Equip yourself with the most impactful Design Thinking principles to unlock your innovation capacity in complex, highly constrainted situations.

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Online workshop: Design Thinking for Teams

In this online workshop, participants go through all phases of the Design Thinking process using a real project task. This will give them a first insight into the method and they will also get to know useful online tools for virtual project work.

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Online workshop: From design thinking to agile development

The format offers extensive training for agile teams, team leads, product owners, and managers of agile organizational units who will learn how to plan agile projects.

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Mastering Online Meetings - effective collaboration in the digital environment

With our Mastering Online Meetings course, our experienced coaches teach you efficient communication and collaboration in the digital space. Our course gives you the confidence and tools to design collaborative meeting experiences efficiently and to inspire your participants.

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Online Workshop: Leading Remote Teams

LEADING REMOTE TEAMS is aimed at executives and decision makers with basic Design Thinking knowledge who want to become more confident in leading Design Thinking teams in the virtual space.

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Design Thinking workshop formats for beginners:

Design Thinking and Organizational Implementation - a workshop in cooperation with ESMT Business School Berlin

This workshop is offered jointly with the renowned ESMT Berlin Business School and takes place both at the HPI Academy in Potsdam and at the ESMT in Berlin. Participants will learn the basics of Design Thinking and become familiar with the most important stages of this process. At the same time, participants will develop their ability to initiate changes in their companies' management practices.

Duration: 3 days


Advanced workshops:

From Design Thinking to agile development

Design Thinking teams work openly on inspiring new solutions to complex problems. If these solutions prove themselves in real tests, the question arises: How can an agile development project that leads to digital solutions be tackled on the basis of these initial prototypes solutions? In this course, you will learn how the transfer works based on sample projects. Your work will be supported by experts who have accompanied numerous agile projects.

Duration: 2 days plus virtual expert videos.

Navigating Uncertainty – Personal Leadership Compass

Times of uncertainty and complexity can bring out the best and worst in leaders. With the help of cutting-edge virtual reality technology, this workshop helps experienced managers and leaders reach deeper into themselves to gain insight into their default modes and assumptions about working in a team. With greater awareness of your intuitive strengths and blind spots, you can then integrate best practice and mindsets from intend based and agile leadership to strengthen your capabilities to lead high performance teams in uncertain situations.

Duration: 3 days



Professional Track: Managing Complexity

The participants gain lasting confidence in applying Design Thinking to complex problems in collaboration, innovation, and strategy. A special feature: participants bring their own project to work on during the program.

Duration: three 3-day sessions in person plus quick-starter day within the 3-month program

Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation - a program of the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Hasso Plattner Institute

The digital transformation is affecting every company. It is an opportunity and a challenge at the same time. In three blocks, the joint management program of the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Hasso Plattner Institute provides the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the fast-paced digital evolution with success and guide and successfully implement digital innovation initiatives.

Duration: two 3-day sessions in Potsdam and one 4-day session in Stanford

Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Design thinking is one of the world's most popular approaches for establishing a dynamic, user-centric, goal-oriented innovation culture in companies. The main layers of the approach requires well-trained Design Thinking coaches to guide innovation teams safely through the Design Thinking process.

Duration: 20 days over a period of 12 months

Leadership Program for Innovation and Agility (LIA)

During this format leaders are going to experience the human-centered innovation mindset and enhance the skills they need to lead teams successfully. As these contexts differ depending on the organization´s needs and strategy, we offer this as a customized program, which can vary on multiple levels. For example we create Leadership formats as part of corporate development programmes; we design and conduct offers in cooperation with International Business Schools; we redesign your corporate event such as an annual Leadership Meeting. Get in touch with us and we create this program together.


For all executive programs of the HPI Academy please contact:

Dr. Julia Oberhofer (Individual Participants)
Phone: +49-331-5509-565

Franziska Luft (Companies with 6 or more Participants)
Phone: +49-331 5509-553

HPI Academy
August-Bebel-Str. 88
14482 Potsdam, Germany
E-Mail to HPI Academy


If you have any questions about the HPI D-School programs, please contact us:

Elisabeth Höpner
Program Coordinator
Phone: +49-331 5509-507
Email to HPI D-School

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