Design Thinking

Design Thinking Training for Organizations and Teams

By Abby Breyer

October 25, 2019

Our Design Thinking Bootcamp teaches organizations and teams to implement effective, customer-focused innovation.

Azul Seven’s Design Thinking Bootcamp is an intensive three-day immersion into design thinking and human-centered design processes. The 12 to 16 professionals who participate in a Design Thinking Bootcamp will:

  • Learn a process and language that improves collaboration between team members
  • Develop effective ideation and brainstorming skills
  • Gain a cost-effective method for quickly testing strategic ideas
  • Discover practical ways to stay focused on the customer’s true needs
  • Practice rapid prototyping techniques
  • Know how to teach others to benefit from design thinking
Who Should Attend?

While any group or individual can benefit from design thinking, this session is geared towards professionals and executives who are charged with solving problems, creating products and services, or innovating for their organizations.

“The bootcamp is centered around learning by doing. There were so many moments during the camp when I realized my assumptions about a potential solution we were working on was wrong and my view of our work completely changed! There were also many instances where my partners on the project thought of or created something amazing! I can’t tell you the joy I felt from sharing their unexpected and amazing creativity and the evolving stages of the design process.”

William Walsh, MD, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Hennepin County Medical Center Center for Innovation

About the Bootcamp

The three-day immersive format takes you through two complete project cycles of the design-thinking process. From the start, you are on your feet and engaged. The days are fast and fun, and everyone walks away with the theory and experience needed to bring design thinking back to his or her organization.

After a fast-paced introduction, participants are divided into interdisciplinary teams. Each team will consist of no more than six people for a single coach. And each team will take a real-world design challenge through the five modes of design thinking:

  • Empathizing with the customer/user
  • Defining the problem clearly
  • Ideating a wide solution space
  • Prototyping quickly and cheaply
  • Testing with actual users

On the last day of bootcamp, teams will explore how to bring their new skills back to their organization and role.

“Design thinking comes with an entire toolkit full of creative ways to gain empathy, collaborate, prototype and test. We no longer sit at our desks alone trying to develop the most methodical, boring PowerPoint on the planet. We belly up to a whiteboard armed with customer insights, and in a matter of hours, we’ve got ideas to dive deeper on. Embracing Design Thinking as a company is probably one of the best things we could have done for our business.”

Laurie Englert, VP of Customer Experience, 

“I had the incredible opportunity to attend Azul Seven’s Design Bootcamp this summer and would highly recommend the training… They provide great tools for working toward design in a tangible, hands-on way, building creative confidence and standing on the proverbial table to see things from a different perspective, and of course, gaining empathy.”

Brenen Jensen, Founder & Director of Emerging Ecologies

Bootcamps can be customized for your team, and shorter and longer sessions are available. For more information on scheduling a private bootcamp for your organization or team, please contact us at or 612-767-4335.

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