Module 1: research (DESIGN THE RIGHT THING)
You will start with learning a hands-on approach to translate strategy into concrete projects. You will learn to develop and carry out reliable, customer-focused research. This will help you discover your customers’ needs (and, in other words, your triggers for innovation). Next to observation skills, we will also provide you with techniques for idea generation and co-creation in order to gain new insights.
The module consists of four elements.
- Strategy determination: Who are you as a company? Who are your customers and why do you want to innovate?
- Planning and carrying out research: Along with your users, you will uncover their real needs by means of qualitative user research (observation, customer journey mapping etc.).
- Analyzing research results: What meaningful insights can you gain from your research and what valuable solutions could these insights offer to your customers?
- The design brief: a synthesis of all previous steps, turned into clear-cut instructions.
After this research phase you will have time to apply the insights gained from your fictional case study to your own organization. This will help you find out the direction your organization should take and what your users actually need. You will be capable of drawing up a clear brief or project, ready to start your own journey.