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Advanced Innovation Training, Principles and Methods

For many organizations, innovation is the life blood of the company. Training and engaging employees around innovation skills is where both corporations and the vendor marketplace is heading.

Effective innovation training can produce significant results such as:

  • Keep employees better engaged
  • Increase bottom lines
  • Better adaptability to advances in technology

Innovation training can also promote teamwork and spark a connection with your team that can lead to creative endeavors that might eventually blow away the competition.

Innovation in the workplace often becomes necessary from a pure competitive perspective if nothing else. Staying relevant is directly tied to staying innovative. If you aren’t constantly striving to find new ways to grow, you’ll soon be left behind by the competitors who are doing something to improve their organization.

In a best case scenario, company-wide innovation training can help each member of a team stay focused on finding new ways to be successful.

Advanced Innovation Training, Principles and Methods is a 2-day Capstone-based training workshop. Organizations can create new products, services, or technologies constantly, but without a structured plan, the chances of success are low.

In this Advanced Innovation Principles and Methods course, participants will learn how to develop an innovation strategy that aligns with their organization’s goals. Participants will complete activities that allow them to create and iterate on various aspects of a successful strategy, including identifying an executive champion and other supportive stakeholders as well as developing an overall vision, SMART goals (specific and measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).

Participants will also explore two main questions: Why do great product ideas fail; and what are some macro-environmental factors that cause change within the organization?

You will investigate the innovator’s dilemma and try to find out if adoption of technologies is speeding up (or not). You will use tools to help you consider macro factors and the impact that these would have on your organization (PESTLE analysis). Additionally, you will apply tools that will help you determine if your next technology is likely to be disruptive: Passion is the fuel, and pain is the hidden ingredient.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will possess a greater understanding of the tools that every innovative organization needs to succeed.

  • A wider and deeper set of innovation skills
  • A greater understanding of the best and most current research on innovation
  • Deeper insights into customer/client/user needs
  • Learning best practices from commercial vendors experiences
  • Personal feedback and advice from innovation coaching
  • A greater capacity to keep honing innovation skills
  • How to take the many ideas you generate and determine which ones are likely to produce specific, desired outcomes
  • How to use design thinking to generate innovative ideas
  • Apply strategic thinking and tools to evaluate relative advantage
  • Lead strategic decision-making about innovation in order to compete
  • Learn how to design and govern a team, project, and organization
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of disruptive technologies and their implications on organizations, industry sectors and societies
  • Develop strategies and approaches to manage disruptive technologies by creating new business models

Course Content

Innovation Principles and Methods

  • The Essence of Innovation
  • Language, culture, and problem-solving
  • Convert problems to ideas
  • Innovation and system thinking
  • Innovation systems
  • Driving innovation in your organization
  • Effective exchange and to physical proximity between people
  • Sustaining innovation process
  • How to leverage Differences

Developing Innovation Strategy

  • Innovation placement road map
  • Tools to align organization’s goals and innovation strategy
  • Principles behind SMART goals
  • M.A.R.T. goal setting: Specific
  • M.A.R.T. goal setting: Measurable
  • M.A.R.T. goal setting: Attainable
  • M.A.R.T. goal setting: Relevant
  • M.A.R.T. goal setting: Timely

Building Innovation Competencies

  • To create and sustain a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Establish an environment that supports certain mindsets
  • Competencies that convert ideas to impact
  • Three (3) key innovation competencies
  • Lean startup, maker culture, and design thinking

Preparing Your Mind for Innovation

  • Design thinking
  • Process, tools, and people
  • The physics of innovation
  • How prepared is your mind?
  • Storytelling tool
  • Idea generation
  • The idea generation process
  • Mind mapping tool
  • Experimentation
  • What wows & what works?
  • Learning launch tool
  • Reviewing lessons learned
  • Strategic opportunities

Innovation Tools and Technologies

  • Tools to implement innovation at your organization
  • Tools to increase cultural and financial ROI, please customers, and improve operational efficiencies
  • Conducting employee training
  • Hosting hackathons
  • Implementing design sprints to more complex methods
  • Establishing an external incubator
  • Founding a center of excellence
  • Partnership with other organizations
  • Mobile Apps
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI-enabled platforms
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL)
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Drones
  • Blockchain
  • Biometrics
  • IoT
  • 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, RFID ad NFC
  • Sensors and sensing cities
  • Serverless computing
  • Robotics
  • Robot dexterity,
  • Augmented reality
  • Smooth-talking AI assistants
  • Agile and Scrum
  • Lean manufacturing
  • 3D printing
  • Custom cancer vaccines

Implementing Innovation

  • Innovation strategy and a vision
  • SMART goals
  • Outcome measures
  • Competencies
  • Lean startup, makerspace, and design thinking
  • Selected tools to build an innovation culture
  • implement your strategy
  • Map key internal stakeholders
  • Devise a campaign plan for your strategy and build a dedicated team
  • Different motivations of your innovation shop
  • The performance engine
  • Learn to work effectively with performance engine team members

Evaluating and Scaling Innovation

  • Devise a strategy to manage a portfolio of innovation projects
  • Best practices for portfolio management
  • Establish a plan to spread your innovation and innovation culture
  • Examine typical risks to your scaling your strategy
  • Methods to establish a sustainment plan
  • Pitch your innovation placement at your organization

Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Introduction to design thinking
  • Business model innovation
  • Challenges best-suited for design thinking
  • Managing innovation and design thinking
  • Innovation management
  • Strategic management of innovation
  • The impact of technology
  • Innovation and emerging technologies
  • Digital transformation in DoD
  • Digital competition in military
  • Innovation strategy: developing your innovative strategy
  • Change and disruptive innovation
  • Boosting creativity for innovation

Strategic Management of Innovation

  • Making strategic decisions about innovation
  • Innovation in shaping the strategic decisions
  • Methods to source innovation
  • Types and patterns of innovation
  • Protect innovation
  • Crucial question of timing

Organizational Design and Management

  • Value-creating potential of your business idea
  • Design the business model to capture this value
  • Manage talent and creativity
  • Structuring the right incentives for existing employees
  • Design strategies to retain and attract the very best talent
  • Design formal organization structures that fit with the strategy of your business
  • Recognize and manage bottlenecks hampering organizational growth

Capstone Project

  • Use ideas to help your organization to solve a problem
  • Use any of these technologies to help
    • Mobile apps
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI-enabled platforms
    • Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL)
    • Autonomous Driving
    • Drones
    • Blockchain
    • IoT
    • 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, RFID ad NFC
    • Sensors and sensing cities
    • Serverless computing
    • Robotics
    • Robot dexterity,
    • Biometrics
    • 3D printing
    • Augmented reality
    • Custom cancer vaccines
    • Smooth-talking AI assistants
    • Agile and Scrum
    • Lean


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