Learning to design with Agile methodologies

Teaching and learning are in constant motion. Even more so when it comes to studies that are aimed at those who want to design the products, experiences and services of the present and of the future.

Industrial designers who aspire to specialize in product design require tools and methodologies that allow them to turn their creativity and ideas into real products capable of being released into the market and reaching the end user.

As a professor of the Industrial Product Technology course that is part of Product Design Master’s Degree at the CEU-Cardenal Herrera University, the mission of our CEO, Marcelo Alegre, is to accompany and guide students on this educational journey.

It’s a relatively short path from college to the workforce and it is essential for aspiring designers to assimilate the knowledge and master the techniques they will need once the course is finished and it’s time to get down to work in the real world.

Through agile project management methodologies and under the «learning by doing» philosophy, students learn not only to develop a product from start to finish but also how to apply design thinking methodologies that improve decision-making.

Meanwhile, being in constant contact with young people gives Alegre Design a new vision and approach to problems. Their fresh and different perspective paves the way to new points of view in the face of the challenges and problems that we solve every day in the design studio. Being in contact with different profiles of people enriches the work of the designer, whose ultimate purpose is to design the products that people need now and five years from now, or even more.

During the 30 hours of teaching for the Industrial Product Technology course, Marcelo Alegre is focused on accelerating the professional development of all students, thus learning to be aware of the technical challenges of their work and the demands of their relationship with a client who, ultimately, decides to invest their money in the designs created by a specific professional.

In this way, educational immersion is generated in the designer’s everyday work that prepares them for the moment when they will be in charge of putting forth the proposals of the future.