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DSN 310 W — Building Innovative Teams

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 19—Aug 27
Refund Deadline: Jul 22
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $440
Instructor(s): Reinhold Steinbeck, Tamara Carleton
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 19—Aug 27
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 22
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Reinhold Steinbeck, Tamara Carleton
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In these times of rapid change, innovative teams are at the core of every successful company or organization, from small and local to large and multinational. How do we build these highly innovative teams? What practices sustain them? How do we create a learning culture that continues to drive innovative behavior within teams? In this course, we will draw on the time-tested methods and unique insights from ME310, taught at Stanford since 1967 and possibly the world's longest continuously taught course for project-based learning with teams. Through a blend of group discussions, guest speakers, observations, design research interviews, practice, and readings, you will learn core concepts and practical tools to help you build and sustain innovative teams.

Topics we will cover include: creating a learning culture, supporting collaboration versus coordination, forming teams with a collective breadth of expertise and skills (a concept called “T-teams”), building to think through prototypes, and how all team design depends on redesign. Throughout the course, you will develop a learning portfolio that will allow you to reflect on, synthesize, and further share your learning. No matter what industry sector or career stage you are in, this course can help you become more innovative as a team member or a team leader.

Managing Director, IntoActions

Reinhold Steinbeck worked with Apple’s Advanced Technology Group under Don Norman, one of the developers of user-centered design. At Stanford, Steinbeck was associate director of learning experience (LX) design with the Stanford Learning Lab and founding director of the Stanford International Outreach Program. He has taught and conducted research at universities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Switzerland.

Founder and CEO, Innovation Leadership Group

Tamara Carleton helps organizations and teams worldwide with long-range planning, disruptive innovation, and innovative learning models. She oversees Stanford’s Silicon Valley Innovation Academy summer program and collaborates with Stanford’s Foresight and Innovation research initiative as part of Stanford’s mediaX program. She is also an international professor in innovation and entrepreneurship at the Tecnológico de Monterrey EGADE Business School in Mexico. She received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.