What will I learn?


Tennis, anyone?

Coaching tennis is a teachable art. The goal of coaching is to help athletes practice the basics and improve their game. A good coach works at multiple levels: Foundation, Technique, and Play.  Design Thinking is a bit like tennis - to learn and apply Design Thinking requires mastery at all three levels. Further, a good coach can read the “player” and determine what elements from the three levels to engage. Because Design Thinking is a team sport, coaches experience significant challenges in bringing teams together and each player up to the same level. One player may have a poor racket; another may lack the skill to sustain a practice volley. A team volley (shared insight or compelling story) is one measure of the quality of the Design Thinking process.  

This class will work in conjunction with Needfinding in the Wild (ME 277) as a practice vehicle for Coaches. Coaches are expected to be in the ME 277 class up to two hours a week to practice coaching with students. There will be no additional work outside of class. We break down coaching into its components, parsing out the role of the Coach at each stage of the Design Thinking process. Participants will alternate between engaging in activities, and coaching them -- providing and receiving feedback in real time from the teaching team and their peers.  

Please submit an application. To be accepted, you will also need to come in for an interview. 
Dec 6, 1 - 3 pm:  Building 550, Room 126
Dec 7, 1 - 3 pm:  Building 550, Room 162 (Submarine)
Dec 8, 1 - 3 pm:  Building 550, Room 122 (Fish Bowl)

Please submit your contact information and the date and time you have chosen to vrath@quotientdr.com by Monday, November 27.


Learn With

Teaching Team

Michael Barry, Adjunct Professor Stanford
Virginia Rath, Entrepreneur and Scientist


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  • Winter 2018
  • DESINST 315
  • 2 Units
  • Credit/No Credit or Letter Grade
  • Wed. 1:30-3:50pm
  • Concept Car


Apply by Friday, Dec 8 2017

Accepting 10 students.

Open to graduate students, fellows, and post-docs.