For a little more than a year now, SAP Customer Experience Labs has been offering Design Thinking workshops for customers and internal groups. And I can tell you: the benefit of the invested time is just amazing.
For example, last week Denise and Deepa (SAP Next-Gen) hosted a Design Thinking Workshop for SAP Global Legal and after just 4hrs they had a result everyone was happy with.
“(…) Thank you very much to all of you for your great effort! Everyone was impressed by how much commitment you made and supported us. And we are also thrilled to have some great ideas and suggestions after only half a day with your help!! It looks like we lawyers are not that ‘uncreative’ either (…)”
This week Denise hosted another workshop together with DT-coach Eva from SAP Hallbergmoos and special guest Maria (Social Entrepreneur from “Working Between Culture”). Within 4 hours 15 participants were exploring ideas and potential use cases for the 1BLives: One Billion Lives Initiative
The SAP One Billion Lives (1BL) social entrepreneurship initiative helps solve the world’s biggest problems through the best SAP has to offer — our people, technology and resources.
1BL’s audacious ambition to improve one billion lives is realized by developing a portfolio of lean, sustainable, shared-value impact ventures, operating at startup speed, with the support of SAP.iO Venture Studio.
Sven and me from our team participated and had the chance to develop a really promising use case which actually builds up on one of our previous prototypes, VIVO, and also uses the new approach of Identity Management from KOI, a prototype we will be releasing soon at CX LIVE / SAPPHIRE 2019 in early May.
Everyone who is looking into innovation or problem solving, should be trained to do Design Thinking Workshops. How else could you find answers and new perspectives to a problem or a question in such a little amount of time while also aligning with other stakeholders and allowing fresh and new opinions being brought to the plate without judgement? Everyone is equal and each opinion and contribution is part of the end result.
You can’t spend time more efficiently!
This video shows one of the warm up exercises which belong to the beginning of every Design Thinking Workshop. They are mostly physical and mental exercises at the same time. They are also used for team building and for completely putting the participant into an “erase what you have been thinking until this point…” mode. Warm-ups shouldn’t be missed. It’s the required bridge from logic and strategic thinking into open and diverse thinking which is crucial for Design Thinking Workshops.