We successfully hosted a Design Thinking workshop for the Tongji University, School of Software Engineering again in the DT space Shanghai on Sunday, May 17th 2015. 27 students & Professor Zhu Hongming from Tongji joined Nico Leclercq, Sophia Xiang from the P&I Agile & Design Thinking China Team, Adam Xiao from P&I MI PLM team, as well as Josie Guan and Benny Sun from SAP University Alliance on that day.
To accelerate the development process of the innovation projects in Tongji University, Prof. Hongming Zhu from School of Software Engineering, Tongji University contacted Josie for help, they hope we could find a way together to help students to identify the proper innovation project before they start developing. So Josie approached Nico and Sophia to design a one-day workshop at SAP.
In the morning, 27 students were divided into 5 teams by their own project team, and 5 “DT ambassadors” among the participants were nominated to observe the workshop more in details. Then the five teams began working through the six steps of DT: UNDERSTAND, OBSERVE, DEFINE, IDEATION, PROTOTYPE and TEST under the coaching of Sophia, Josie, Bunny, Adam and Megan.
After the 8h-rush, everyone was inspired and they were active to tell about their feelings and experience, all enjoyed the amazing group working very much. Here are a few testimonials captured from the students onsite:
･This DT session changed my way of thinking. I never think that I can turn a so crazy and amazing idea into a real project.
･I love this activity to improve my creative, how meaningful it is!
･The joyous environment, the enjoyable activity, the kind and gentle coach all give me a comfortable feeling. I’m looking forward to working with everybody here!
･I like the environment here, I wish I can use this way to finish my project later, I hope I can spread the DT in our club.