We recommend that you take Designing Strategy first to learn how to surface the bigger challenge you’re facing, come up with possibilities to tackle it, and test to make a strategic choice.
Often strategic choices require a new business model to support new programs, lines of business, products, or services. Which is why we recommend taking Designing a Business next, to learn how to efficiently brainstorm and prototype parts of any new business model that underpins your strategic initiatives.
This is only a recommended order. Some people prefer to take Designing a Business first because it feels most relevant to the work they’re doing most immediately. This works too; innovation doesn’t follow a sequential order. What’s most important is to focus on learning and practicing the constructs and mindsets in both courses. So that you’ll be able to bring the relevant skills to bear at the right time. Because of the depth contained in these two courses, we do not recommend taking both courses at once.