What will I learn?


Foster a culture of innovation from the ground up.

Learn Coaching Techniques to help your team work through the Design Thinking process.

Coaching Design Thinking, like 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. Furthermore, 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 insights or compelling story) is one measure of the quality of the Design Thinking process.

Students in Coaching Design Thinking will practice coaching on real design teams in Needfinding in the Wild (ME277). Previous experience with design thinking is highly recommended.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Michael Barry
Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Michelle Jia
Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

SE Hayes
Adjunct Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering


Any questions?

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  • Winter 2019

  • DESINST 315

  • 2 Units

  • Letter Grade

  • Wed. 1:30-3:50p

  • Studio 1


Apply by Friday, Nov 30 2018.

Applications are now closed.