Planning Implementation

This course introduces frameworks and methods for effectively navigating change in organizations.

One of the biggest frustrations designers face in the real world is seeing their designs sit on a shelf, or worse, become so bastardized that they are unrecognizable by the time they are implemented. Planning Implementation helps students develop skills – and gives them tools – to more effectively address these issues. The underlying philosophy of the course states that any strategy, innovation or initiative is only valuable if executed successfully.

Learning Objectives
Using cases, current events and students’ experiences, the class will explore several key failure modes that organizations fall into which undermine otherwise worthy initiatives. In addition, students will identify (maybe even create some) principles, actions and measures, which can be used to mitigate risks and improve implementation success. Ultimately, this sensitivity to internal implementation issues should inform more robust designs, more likely to see the light of day.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of the context in which their designs will be implemented
  • Learn how organizations (large, small, for-profit, not-for-profit, governmental, etc.) work, what gets in the way of design implementation, and how to navigate change
  • Learn frameworks and models for managing change, and will be able to apply the frameworks to systems-level design initiatives
  • Develop confidence and ability to respond to real world environments of leadership and change
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution