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Advanced Innovation Training, Principles and Methods

In its simplest form, innovation is coming up with ideas and bringing them to life. It’s about solving problems and creating opportunities. Instead of innovation being a department, it is rapidly becoming everybody’s business.

For leadership to be more innovative, the key is staying passionately alert to possibilities, to unmet needs, to the power of imagination, and to the thrill of turning vision into reality.

Where others see problems, leaders tuned into the innovation mindset sense potential. When others stress over details, innovative leaders see the big picture, the progress being made, the vision of how things can be but are not yet.

At the end of the day, the goal of any company is to make sure their bottom line looks good. Staying profitable keeps the doors open, workers employed and executives/investors happy.

Innovation at the workplace is a huge part of ensuring better bottom lines Innovation plays a key part in shaping new products and services. It also helps improve operational efficiency by allowing improvements to existing processes and by encouraging employee engagement.

Studies show that organizations which emphasize innovation have more engaged employees. Engaged employees are more likely to work toward the good of the company and look for and fix errors that could cost money and stay productive when set to a task.

While innovation can be a bit intimidating and even downright precarious, potential benefits from innovative thinking and practices can be vital to the continuing success of a business.

It’s commonly believed that roughly 70% of a company’s innovation resources should be aimed at incremental innovation of the core business, 20% to innovation that helps expand that core, and 10% to breakthrough innovation that can transform the future of the company.

Innovation figures in many different arenas in helping an organization meet its goals. For example, innovation goes a long way to solving problems. Every business encounters certain problems that require creative or innovative thinking to resolve. Sometimes thinking outside the box is the only way to find an answer that makes a business better.

Innovation training programs help foster a creativity-centric workplace that makes employees feel engaged with their work and more likely to contribute their own ideas for making the company’s processes more effective and efficient.

Innovation training programs like those offered by Tonex can also help companies get on track with innovation. Innovation training programs are a worthwhile investment of time and energy.

Advanced Innovation Training, Principles and Methods Course by Tonex

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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