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Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 097317 - MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN AND INNOVATION PROJECTS
Docente Dell'Era Claudio
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (479) MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA GESTIONALE*AZZZZ097317 - MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN AND INNOVATION PROJECTS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - CO (482) COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA*AZZZZ097317 - MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN AND INNOVATION PROJECTS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (481) COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA*AZZZZ097317 - MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN AND INNOVATION PROJECTS

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course fits into the overall program curriculum pursuing some of the defined general learning goals. In particular, the course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:

  • Design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach (Analysis, Learning, Reasoning, and Modeling capability deriving from a solid and rigorous multidisciplinary background) to face problems and opportunities in a business and industrial environment
  • Develop new ideas and solutions in business and industrial scenarios evolving over time


Risultati di apprendimento attesi
  • Design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach (Analysis, Learning, Reasoning, and Modeling capability deriving from a solid and rigorous multidisciplinary background) to face problems and opportunities in a business and industrial environment:
    • Managing creativity in design projects [Individual Written Exam];
  • Develop new ideas and solutions in business and industrial scenarios evolving over time;
    • Early prototyping design concepts [Team Design Thinking Project];
    • Managing project in turbulent environments adopting agile methods [Team Design Thinking Project].

 


Argomenti trattati
  1. Introduction

 

 

Overview of the Course

Projects are the managerial tool that enable innovation. Until some years ago only companies operating in few specific sectors (e.g. aerospace and defense, civil engineering) needed a full set of tools and methodologies to manage projects, while nowadays companies operating in software, service-based, creative industries are looking for new innovation and design tools supporting the creative problem solving paradigms. This course focuses on lean and agile approaches in design projects. More specifically, the course aims at providing conceptual models, methodologies and tools to manage innovation and design projects.

 

The course has been designed around the following main concepts and frameworks:

  • Design Thinking: Explanation of the methodology by showing the guidelines and the steps to follow. This in order to show how thinking like a designer can transform the way people develop products, services and even strategy. The Design Thinking approach broke the mold of the “lone genius inventor” and it is considered the father of the modern R&D laboratory. Considering this it is clear the importance to approach and understand this methodology to manage properly Design Projects.
  • Prototyping: It is a crucial aspect in today’s world and not only in the Design field. Students will explore some methodologies and tools useful to address this topic. Indeed no designer wants to deploy a “go to market” based on an inside-out hypothesis developed only on the project team. So it is important to consider this aspect during Design Projects and use tools and methodologies like: 3D printing, Rapid Prototyping, Experience Prototypes, Iterative Design and Open Source approach in order to manage complex projects.
  • Lean development: Lean development and lean startup are approaches that are getting more and more relevance in today’s panorama not only in hi-tech industries. In particular we will present and discuss the necessary stages, the Agile loop of rapid development, the Service Design, the MVP (Minimum Viable Product). These techniques will be transferred to students because developing a project in today’s complex and volatile market needs to be managed in a different way compared to the past.
  • Minimum Viable Service: It is a structured framework combining the Lean Startup Agile loop with the Service Design approach. It is an evolution of the MVP approach to develop new technological solution considering the relevance that service Design and Design itself is gaining lately. A focus will be given to the impact of this methodology in large organizations.
  • Agile Project Management: Flexible scope management, agile methodologies and specific approaches like SCRUM, will be presented as well as negotiation approaches and tools to manage the customer relationship.

 

Faculty

 

Claudio Dell’Era (claudio.dellera@polimi.it; +39 02 2399 2798)

Stefano Magistretti (stefano.magistretti@polimi.it; +39 02 2399 4093)

 

Course Scheduling

 

The table below shows the classrooms and the class scheduling for each section.

 

Formal Schedule

Actual Schedule

Rooms

Monday: 9:15-13:15

09:30 – 13:00

(15 min break between 11:15 – 11:30)

BL27.11 (TBC)

 

 

 

 

  1. Material

 

 

Slides / Case Studies / Videos

 

Slides, case studies and videos will be made available through the course website on BeeP.

 

 

Suggested Textbooks, Papers and Case studies

 

There is not a unique reference textbook, but rather a collection of textbook chapters / papers / case studies from different sources that complement an active participation during classes.

 

  • Brown T (2009). Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Harper Collins Publishers;
  • Burke R (2013).Project Management – Planning and Control Techniques. Rory Burke Publishing;
  • Cooper RG and Sommer AF. (2016). The Agile–Stage‐Gate Hybrid Model: A Promising New Approach and a New Research Opportunity. Journal of Product Innovation Management.
  • Knapp J (2016). Sprint – Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Google Ventures.
  • Martin RL (2009). The design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage. Harvard Business Press;
  • Pinheiro T (2014). The Service Startup: Design Thinking Gets Lean. Hayakawa;
  • Project Management Institute (2013). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide. Fifth Edition.
  • Ries E (2011). The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Crown Business New York.

 

 

 

  1. Educational Process

 

 

Premise

 

The Course actively engages students in an experiential learning process: in addition to conceptual inputs, the faculty will use case study discussion, laboratories, teamworking sessions and team presentations. The Course requires that participants:

  • Attend class regularly and contribute to class discussions;
  • Be fully prepared for class (by accomplishing the pre-assigned tasks);
  • Actively participate in team projects and activities outside of class, and contribute to team learning.

The main educational process is thought for students who will actively participate in class and who will engage in team-bases activities. The Course allows some students, who are not able to provide this form of active participation, an alternative educational process.

 

 

Attending Students

 

The course is based on individual and team activities.

The Lectures manly aim at illustrating and sharing frameworks, models and tools. In order to facilitate the understanding, case studies are presented and discussed along the lectures.

During the course, participants develop Team Design Thinking Projects adopting the Design Thinking approach. Each participants belongs to a self-selected team defined at the beginning of the module (teams are averagely composed by 6 members). Team Design Thinking Projects are composed by five main sections:

  • Empathize: the development of this section is based on observations and interviews developed by each team (one dedicated course slot: see Section 5);
  • Define: the development of this section is based on re-framing activities developed by each team aimed at clearly define the problem the team is addressing (one dedicated course slot: see Section 5);
  • Ideate: the development of this section is based on concept generation activities developed by each team aimed at designing innovative solutions (one dedicated course slot: see Section 5);
  • Prototype: the development of this section is based on the creation of prototypes that allow to verify the reflections developed in the Ideate phase (one dedicated course slot: see Section 5);
  • Test: the development of this section is based on the reflections about test design and delivery (one dedicated course slot: 16th April 2018).

 

The Individual Written Exam, scheduled at the beginning of the off-term period, is composed by small case studies and open questions.

 

 

Not-Attending Students

 

Not-attending students are those who—for some major constraints[1] that should be clearly explained to the faculty by email—are not able to participate to more than 50% of classes and/or team activities. Students with overlapping classes should commit in participating to Management of Design and Innovation Projects activities within the above mentioned limit or follow the course as not-attending students.

 

The final exam consist of an Individual Design Thinking Project and an Individual Oral Exam scheduled in the off-lectures period (see next paragraph for additional details). Not-attending students will not be included in teams organized along the semester. Individual Design Thinking Project substitutes the Team Design Thinking Project that attending students accomplish in teams. The Individual Design Thinking Project is about the same brief proposed to the teams along the semester. The brief (selection of the brand) must be agreed with Claudio Dell’Era (claudio.dellera@polimi.it) at least 2 weeks before the exam. Individual Design Thinking Projects are presented during the oral exam. 

 

The faculty of the course strongly suggest to attend classes and to engage in team activities. An active participation to the course not only improve the effectiveness of the learning process, but also reduce the overall effort that the student has to put in the preparation of the final exam characterising the course.

 

[1] E.g. Interns, Erasmus, etc.


Prerequisiti

Students are required to know the basics of business administration, organizational design and innovation.


Modalità di valutazione
  1. Evaluation

 

 

The final evaluation of the course is different for attending and not-attending students.

 

 

Attending Students

 

The evaluation is based on the following elements:

  • Team Design Thinking Projects: teams are engaged in designing new experiences provided by a specific brand:
    • Laboratory about “Empathize and Define” aims at investigating and analyzing the current experience provided by the selected brand;
    • Laboratory about “Ideate and Prototype” aims at generating and probing a new experience provided by the selected brand;
    • Final Presentation.
  • Individual Written exam: open questions about case studies and theoretical contents; the individual written exam is based on the content included in the course slides, case studies, guest speakers’ presentations and class discussion.

 

The specific elements in the grading system and the points assigned to them are depicted in the following table.

 

Team Design Thinking Project

Individual Written Exam

Management of Design and Innovation Projects

18

14

 

In order to pass the exam:

  • Sum must be >= 18;
  • Team Design Thinking Project >= 9;
  • Individual Written Exam >= 7.

Attending students can “save” single mark (associated to the Team Design Thinking Project or the Individual Written Exam). The remaining exam element MUST be faced during the off-lectures period (only during the summer session) according to the rules defined for not-attending students (see next paragraph).

The participation to the exams during the off-lectures period implies the cancellation of the associated marks obtained during the lectures.

 

 

Not-Attending Students

 

The evaluation is based on the following elements:

  • Individual Design Thinking Project: report and presentation about a Design Thinking Project;
  • Individual Oral Exam: open questions about case studies and theoretical contents; the individual oral exam is based on the content included in the course slides, case studies, textbooks, guest speakers’ presentations.

 

The specific elements in the grading system and the points assigned to them are depicted in the following table.

 

Individual Design Thinking Project

Individual Written Exam

Management of Design and Innovation Projects

14

18

 

In order to pass the exam:

  • Sum must be >= 18;
  • Individual Design Thinking Project >= 7;
  • Individual Oral Exam >= 9.

Bibliografia

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
(hh:mm)
Ore di studio autonome
(hh:mm)
Lezione
30:00
45:00
Esercitazione
0:00
0:00
Laboratorio Informatico
0:00
0:00
Laboratorio Sperimentale
0:00
0:00
Laboratorio Di Progetto
20:00
30:00
Totale 50:00 75:00

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Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
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11/08/2020