Course Description

5-Module Online Agile Innovation Course


The Design Thinking Online Agile Innovation Training is an interactive online course will teach you how to discover, validate and implement innovative solutions by exploring and combining core elements of Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Agile to kick-start bold innovation. You will be working in virtual classroom sessions, followed by group work focused on a human-centered challenge, under live guidance of our skilled facilitators.

Are you an Agile practitioner and would like to gain a deeper understanding of what Design Thinking can add to your skillset? Or are you a Design Thinker, curious about how Agile can benefit your performance? This 5-Week course will combine both disciplines in a practical case study.

By working through a case, you will refine a prototype based on solution interviews, define a business model using the Lean Start-up framework and use Agile/Scrum towards the implementation and validation of a new innovative value proposition.

The program will provide insight into:

  • Redefining Value for customers and other stakeholders
  • Reinventing the business model
  • Using a sprint based approach to iterate solutions rapidly
  • Identifying implementation complexities across digital channels
  • Setting up a implementation strategy from concept to pilot


Very often Design and implementation are two different entities inside an organization. This can lead to different viewpoints, long processes and complex communication when it comes to implementing innovative value propositions. With this online course, we aim to illustrate how both worlds can be combined with the end goal to help organizations and Agile teams to create and implement impactful human-centred solutions in a more quick, effective and fun way. This will be achieved in a combination of live classroom sessions, group assignments and homework in which you will gain practical knowledge and experience in order to apply Design Thinking and Agile in your daily work.



Gain insights for conducting conversations on aligning different working methods such as Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, Agile and Scrum;
Live and personal guidance from our expert DT and Agile facilitators;
Develop your creative problem-solving skills and innovation mindset;
Learn to empathize with your customers and transform your strategy and business to a more human-centred way of working;
Learn what it entails to do successful product discovery in an agile environment;
Boost co-creation and innovation in teams while working remotely.


After successful completion of the 5-Module Online Agile Product Discovery course, participants are awarded with a DesignThinkers Academy Certificate and you can celebrate your achievement of becoming a true Design Thinker. All tools and materials will be available after the course for personal use.


Over a 5-week period, you will meet with your fellow participants and coaches in a 2-hour online classroom session. We strongly believe in learning-by-doing. A major part of this online course consists of hands-on work on a general case using the different Agile and Design Thinking tools.

You will work in co-creation in small teams to learn from each other and incorporate the knowledge and skills of participants from diverse backgrounds and industries. Our expert facilitators will teach you how to use empathy when envisioning future scenarios of service for your end-users.


This workshop offers a unique team of highly experienced Design Thinking practitioners from the business, design and academic world.

Dr Olukunle A. Iyanda, is a skilled strategist, an experienced corporate educator who advises on demystifying and enabling innovation and organisational strategic agility.

Robert Bloom is a Founder and  Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy South Africa. He is passionate about helping teams improve their capability around Design Thinking and Service Design.  Robert has an MBA at the Executive level and has worked across diverse teams, helping develop creative confidence to add value to their environments.


Together with the coaches, you will find answers to:

  • How can you successfully apply Design Thinking in solving complex business problems and societal challenges?
  • How can you build empathy inside an organization, use customer feedback, rate insights and translate them into implementable opportunities?
  • How can you thrive in the shifting and emerging markets, behavioural and technological complexities?
  • What are the fundamental principles of innovation and Design Thinking?
  • How can you create stakeholder and sponsor buy-in?
  • How DT can be used in redefining organisational value and value and Business model reinvention?

Besides the training program, participants will be handed out a toolkit, certificate and access to the DesignThinkers Academy Network environment.

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The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design, and professional & personal growth.

About this Event

Length: 5 weeks, 8 x 2.5 hour sessions & homework (minimum 1 hour)

Time: 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM (SAST)

Monday 25 May: session 01
Thursday 27 May: session 02
Monday 31 May: session 03
Thursday  3 June: session 04
Monday 7 June: session 05
Thursday 10 June: session 06
Monday 14 June: session 07
Thursday 17 June: session 08

An additional coaching session will be scheduled 4 weeks from the final session.

Online platforms: Miro & Zoom
Language: English
Max. participants: 12


Early Bird Ticket Price: R 15 450 (for South African/African Nationals)
until 22 March 2021

Regular Ticket Price: R 16 650

Prices are excluding VAT.

Your ticket includes access and use of the online environments (Miro & Zoom) for the duration of the course. All tools and materials are also available after the course for personal use.

Certificate of Completion: A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the 8-week course.

Discounts are available for teams signing up, Freelancers, Non-Profits and Government Organizations.



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