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Scaling Up Excellence ....never would have been written without the healthy discomfort the d.school creates for both students and teachers.
Stanford Biz School Professor Huggy Rao and I spent seven years working on Scaling Up Excellence, to be published in early February. The d.school and the book are deeply intertwined – it never would have been written without the healthy discomfort the d.school creates for both students and teachers.
In 2006 we moved into our first dedicated teaching space – a double-wide trailer on the Stanford campus. A big and often unruly gang of us taught a class that is now called Bootcamp for the first time that January.
...Over 20 people were on the teaching team for 60 students). ...I was talking a lot (often over a glass of wine) with Stanford Business School colleague Huggy Rao — who had just arrived at Stanford...about the madness of the d.school, how our goal was to create great experiential learning.
- Huggy, a design thinker at heart, immediately asked the “and” question “suppose we did an executive program that combined traditional classroom education in the mornings AND that hands on stuff you do at the d.school in the afternoons.”
Huggy convinced Stanford to take a risk on our crazy new program. ...We launched Customer-Focused Innovation in 2006... 30 or so executives gathered in a case style classroom at the Business School to discuss topics like leading innovation, strategy, marketing, and such.
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