How To Teach Creating Value
Creating Value is getting students to:
- Focus on making impact for self and others.
- Possess a clear vision for the achievable and articulates it to others.
- Possess a big-picture perspective.
- Seek to make a positive impact on society.
- Focus on delivering value to customers according to the customer’s actual needs.
- Make the most of limited resources.
- Think creatively about how to solve problems.
Design exercises so that students:
- Become empathetic ethnographers, or observers of unmet needs.
- Habitually reframe problems as opportunities.
- Ask questions that reveal authentic demand.
- Develop archetype users of engineering solutions.
- Offer solutions to problems, testing novel ideas with others to obtain formative feedback.
- Create value from underutilized resources.
- Extend existing solutions to new situations.
Solutions, designs, and systems need to solve real problems and provide benefits to a variety of stakeholders. Try these resources shared by community members:
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When can you tell your students what value creation means? A value-creation scorecard can help guide your approach. [Card contains a video presentation.]
Dr. Glenn Gaudette (Boston College) had an aha moment while at lunch. His desire to create value for society led to a major medical and scientific breakthrough merging biological kingdoms to grow human heart cells to fight heart disease.