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

The HPI Academy offers Design Thinking for professionals

The HPI Academy, the advanced training provider of Hasso Plattner Institute, offers professionals a high-caliber education in Design Thinking. Based on your needs and those of your team and organization, the HPI Academy designs methodological training programs or focuses on the work of your specific project so that the fresh innovation ideas may be directly implemented in your company or organization.

Building on years of experience with the HPI D-School and 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.

For individuals: 

Open Course - Quickstarter for Executives (3 days): Discover the impact of Design Thinking. Dive into a dynamic learning journey with instant takeaways for your work.

Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile Development (3 days): Together we will design an overview of the three agile approaches. In short teamwork phases, we try out an exemplary representation of each approach, without comprehensive methodical training. The participants work in small teams and will be guided throughout the whole workshop by experts with long run project experience from both Design Thinking and agile development.

Professional Track - Managing Complexity (9 on-campus days over 3 months, with interim project work and remote coaching): Become a Design Thinking expert with true creative confidence and apply Design Thinking  to complex problems in strategic areas such as collaboration, innovation and strategy. Special feature: You bring your own project, which you work on during the program. 

Studying Design Thinking - Basic Track (Participate in our academic program, 30 on-campus days over 4 months): Learn and experience together with our (international) students in interdisciplinary teams the mind-set and the methods of Design Thinking. Design innovation processes for real-world challenges in the fields of product and service design as well as business and social innovation.

For organizations

Renew your working culture! Our team workshops are the perfect way for you and your team to soak up Design Thinking culture and take home practical and applicable experiences.

The HPI Academy offers compact learning formats for companies and teams in which you can learn the method of Design Thinking or apply it to your own challenge. These workshops are suitable for groups of 5-50 participants and usually take 2-3 days. 

(1) Methodological workshops
Learn the methods, tools and philosophy of the Design Thinking process for a sustainable learning experience. 

(2) Project workshops
Apply Design Thinking to your individual, business-related challenge.  Let yourself be guided through your own innovation sprint by an experienced coaching team.

Further services: Within the framework of project coaching, experienced coaches provide you methodological support throughout your long-term innovation projects. The HPI Academy is also your partner for the sustainable implementation of the Design Thinking culture in your organization or enhances your event with individually designed modules and formats.

Please visit to get more information on our offers for professionals.

For all our executive
programs please contact:

Dr. Julia Oberhofer (Individuals)
Tel: +49-331-5509-565

Franziska Reich (Organizations)
Tel: +49-331 5509-553

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