Using Design Thinking to Create a Design Thinking Program to Teach Principles of Design Thinking


Presented By: Tim Kramer

This presentation is about (as if it's not obvious) Design Thinking and how it can be used within your organization. In this presentation, Tim discusses at a high level what his organization went through when starting a Design Thinking program and what some of the main challenges were. Tim then moves on to discuss how the organization overcame those challenges and how a "grass roots" approach worked to gain traction for bringing Design Thinking back to life. Tim will also provide specific details about how his organization used Design Thinking principles to start their program-- focusing on the most common areas of Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.  He will then go in to how each of the main focus areas where decomposed, in order to apply the principles when engaging customers. 
 
 
While Design Thinking seems to be more and more popular, there is still a gap in how organizations can apply these fundamentals within their current processes. Tim started a small team of Design Thinking Evangelists within his company in order to educate others, build skill sets and provide greater value to the organization.

About the Presenter:

Tim Kramer has over 18 years of experience in the IT field and has held roles as a Developer through Project Manager in Government, Software Consulting, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Aerospace Defense & Marine, and Engineering industries. A goal-focused problem solver with business analysis and project management expertise with a strong background in implementing enhanced process improvement projects and providing technology solutions in large and small organizations.
 
With a focus on aligning goals and objectives to the organization's vision and mission, Tim is currently responsible for building a Business Analysis Community of Practice, designing and implementing a Design Thinking program, integrating UX into the BA role, and mentoring and coaching the BA team with a focus on the 6 knowledge areas outlines by the BABOK. Tim is passionate about the discipline of business analysis using Lean tools to provide value to the organization.