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Join this free, online openSAP course ‘Be Visual! Sketching Basic for IT Business’ and start learning the very basics of sketching. By applying the practice-oriented tips and tricks in this course, you’ll gain the confidence to present your ideas visually.
Please note: There is a more recent version of this course: Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q4/2022).
Sketching helps you to communicate abstract ideas and transform them into tangible artifacts that can be further explored and validated. With their low fidelity, sketches provide room for interpretation and invite discussion. Sketches also are a starting point for iteration.
Many companies, such as Google, have come to recognize sketching as a powerful communication tool that can be used not only within a team, but also when collaborating with customers.
The openSAP course ‘Be Visual! Sketching Basic for IT Business’ starts with the very basics of sketching. By applying the practice-oriented tips and tricks in this course, you’ll gain the confidence to present your ideas visually. From basic shapes and handwriting to creating storyboards and screen sketches, you’ll be able to use these techniques whether at a flipchart, whiteboard, or at your desk.
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Preparation week: Get your materials ready
Week 1: Sketching Basics and Writing
Week 2: Flow Charts and Screen Sketches
Week 3: Materials and Objects
Week 4: People and Storyboards
Everyone who wants to gain confidence in communicating visually. The content is related to the IT business, but valid for all kinds of disciplines.
There are no prerequisites.
Listen to openSAP Invites Episode 24 with Johanna Wittig to learn How to Improve Your Communication with Sketching for IT Business.
Previous versions of this course are available here:
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q1/2017) (February 20 through March 21, 2017)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q3/2017) (September 6 through October 12, 2017)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q1/2018) (February 6 through March 14, 2018)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q3/2018) (September 11 through October 17, 2018)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q1/2019) (March 5 through April 10, 2019)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q4/2019) (November 8 through December 11, 2019)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q2/2020) (May 13 through June 18, 2020)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q4/2020) (October 28 through December 3, 2020)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q2/2021) (April 14 through May 20, 2021)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q4/2021) (October 27 through December 2, 2021)
This course was rated with 4.46 stars in average from 231 votes.
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Senior User Experience Designer
As a member of the UX team at SAP, Johanna Wittig focuses on developing new ideas and concepts for interacting with business applications.
Throughout her professional career, she has worked in multidisciplinary teams with the aim of encouraging a multidisciplinary approach and strengthening a productive exchange across disciplines. Time and again, she has experienced that sketches are an excellent medium to reach this goal.
Since joining SAP, Johanna has been driving several teaching formats for visual communication.
Anja Fehlau leads a team of experts from development, design, and business, with the mission to elevate SAP’s products towards human-centered experiences. In her daily work with multidisciplinary teams, she strives to foster a culture of empathy, creative collaboration, and feedback.
Anja has been a key driver to grow a human-centered innovation culture at SAP by running the global Design Thinking program, facilitating numerous workshops with customers, co-workers, and executives around the globe, coaching project teams, and conducting training programs and lectures. Anja holds a diploma in Media System Design and is a certified Design Thinking Coach.
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User Experience Design Expert
Tatjana Borovikov is a design professional with over thirteen years of hands-on experience in diverse industries such as education, finance, marketing, and manufacturing. She has been involved in projects around interaction and interface design, visual design, responsive design, and product design.
Since 2006, Tatjana has been teaching and applying Design Thinking in numerous innovation projects at SAP, leading design and research efforts.
When working on concepts and scenarios for business applications, she invites all team members to use sketching for clear and direct communication.
Jörg Göppert is a member of a multidisciplinary team that focuses on innovations around SAP Fiori.
The proof-of-concept projects he works on use Design Thinking. This highly iterative approach requires a very open and agile communication between disciplines. Along the whole process, he uses and promotes sketching techniques such as storyboarding and screen sketching in the design phase, and technical architecture sketches in the development phase.
Jörg believes sketching is a very good tool to build up a common understanding within teams.
Ingo Rues is a strategic design consultant currently focusing on envisioning and materializing the next level user experience. He has been innovating, creating, and designing concepts with users’ needs in mind for many years.
Ingo is also a blacksmith, and has built many objects made of metal. This is where his passion for treating material correctly originates from. Professional handling of material is the essential first step towards a great outcome.
When it comes to sketching, Ingo always pays special attention to using materials that best suit the situation and purpose.
Former Director Design and POC Development
Martina Schuh led an innovation team of developers, designers, and other roles. The team shaped the SAP Fiori experience by running projects that enable SAP Fiori development and pushed the boundaries of the SAP Fiori experience itself.
Since 2005, Martina has been driving the topic of Design Thinking at SAP. She has applied the approach to software development and strategy projects, and has co-lead the development of the Design Thinking curriculum at SAP.
Whenever Martina works with teams, customers, or colleagues, she encourages everybody to share their ideas visually.