Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Larry Leifer, Stanford University – Dancing with Ambiguity

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Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Larry Leifer, Stanford University am 22. Mai, 2012 um 17:30

Wo: Sihlquai 125, Parterre, Raum Fi 007

“Design Thinking” steht seit langem im Zentrum der Forschung und Lehre von Larry Leifer. Zusammen mit Terry Winograd und David Kelley (Gründer von IDEO) hat er in den 90er Jahren Methoden des “Design Thinkings” entwickelt und bekannt gemacht.

“Probleme können besser gelöst werden wenn Menschen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen zusammenarbeiten, eine Fragestellung entwickeln, die Bedürfnisse und Motivationen von Menschen berücksichtigen und auf dieser Basis Konzepte entwickeln. Diese Methode orientiert sich an der Arbeit von Designern, die als eine Kombination aus Verstehen, Beobachtung, Ideenfindung, Verfeinerung, Ausführung und Lernen verstanden wird.”


Dancing with Ambiguity – design thinking in action, theory from practice

Over the past thirty years, a powerful methodology for innovation has emerged.  It integrates human, business and technical factors in problem forming, solving and design:  “Design-Thinking.”

This human-centric methodology integrates expertise from design, social sciences, business and engineering.  It is best implemented by high performance project teams applying diverse points-of-view simultaneously.  It creates a vibrant interaction environment that promotes iterative learning cycles driven by rapid conceptual prototyping.  The methodology has proven successful in the creation of innovative products, systems, and services.

Design-thinking works.  Industry is subscribing to boot camps and executive education workshops.  Teams of industry, government and education experts are tackling complex problems and finding powerful solutions.  The time is right to apply rigorous academic research to understand how, when and why design thinking works and fails.  It is time to create next generation design thinking behaviors and supporting tools.

Through courting ambiguity, we can let invention happen even if we cannot make it happen.  We can nurture a corpus of behaviors that increase the probability of finding a path to innovation in the face of uncertainty.  Emphasis is placed on the questions we ask as well as the decisions made.  A suite of application examples and research finding will be used to illustrate the concepts in principal and in action.


Larry Leifer is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design and founding Director of the Center for Design Research (CDR) and Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program both at Stanford University. He is a member of the faculty since 1976, he teaches the industry sponsored master‘s course ME310, „Global Project-Based Engineering Design, Innovation, and Development;“ a thesis seminar, „Design Theory and Methodology Forum;“ and a freshman seminar „Designing the Human Experience.“

His top development priority in the moment is the Hasso Plattner Design-Thinking-Research Program and associated “Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research,” a peer commentary journal.

Research themes include:
1) creating collaborative engineering design environments for distributed product innovation teams;
2) instrumentation of that environment for design knowledge capture, indexing, reuse, and performance assessment; and
3) design-for-sustainable-wellbeing.

Aktualisiert am: 2. Juli 2012