"The fastest way to create excellent results I have ever seen!"
— Dubravko Roksandić
This course will teach you the method to rapidly develop new products, pitches and roadmaps and build an innovation culture in your business and leadership team.
The course includes:
The course then leads you step-by-step through the process of identifying a new opportunity and building a team to craft a new solution for your customers.
Modern worksheets, canvases and idea generators are built-into the lessons.
This course is taught by a best-selling instructor with 30 years of professional innovation experience.
Innovation transforms the way people develop products, services, processes—and even strategy.
For the companies disrupting the market today, design is no longer just a “stage” in the business process — it is the language of business.
If you want to help jolt your company out of hibernation, the people and teams around you will need to adopt habits of vulnerability, empathy, and curiosity.
What clients say:
"Montgomery's Design Thinking workshop gave us immediate and tangible results, projects and ideas we have decided to implement into our products!
Robb managed to unlock the creative and innovative potential of our staff - it was impressive.
Not only did we have impact through proposals created during his three-day visit, but we also saw an impact on the motivation and loyalty of our employees.
Enabling our team for this kind of "work play" meant enabling a competitive edge for our company and acquiring a new kind of necessary literacy.
This is why, in the end, we decided to provide all of Robb's online courses to all of our employees - as a mandatory educational program."
General Manager for Croatia
Styria Media International GbmH
In this course you will learn the methods that transform managers into those rare leaders who can inspire innovation in their organizations.
A Design-Led company builds innovation culture from within.
Do you want to work in a company culture that invests in and rallies behind principles like design thinking?
Then action is required. Planning, researching, and talking all matter.
There’s no company you can purchase or person you can hire that will transform your company into an innovative juggernaut overnight. Design is a process and design methods like the ones taught in this course give you the formula that you can customize, experiment with, and learn from.
It’s time to stop talking and get busy making.
The method Robb uses for this immersive course is one he has developed over the last 10 years. It employs the best practices from GV Design Sprints, Maestro planning and the Stanford D-School model.
Guiding the teams through specific problem solving exercises are a key focus as Robb uses “How Might We” approaches to generate actionable ideas to guide teams to rapidly prototype solutions that will deliver a great customer journey with their solution.
These are the same techniques that successful startups use.
They invite the development of disruptive business models and radical insights that can drive new business.
You will learn to:
What are you waiting for?
Design thinking can empower your business.
What are the requirements?
Are you interested in building a startup? That process begins here.
Use this method to develop and test new business concepts with validated feedback
What am I going to get from this course?
What is the target audience?
The Design Method will help you solve tough problems, develop new products, imagine new strategies and provide new services in meaningful ways
A study of how design methods supported a major redesign project for a media brand in Africa.
A little background about Robb and the journey of innovation he has been on his entire career.
A tour of 10 ways to drive innovation in your business.
Innovation is an engine for problem-solving.
Compare three popular methods to learn what they have in common and how they differ.
A popular business model worksheet that can be used with design methods.
Assemble a cross-functional team and lead them with an outside Sprint master to get the best results.
STRATEGY: Develop more loyal users.
WORKSPACE: Design a multi-purpose room around the mobile lifestyle.
PRODUCT: Develop a roadmap, production plan and staffing for a new online course.
VIDEO: Develop pilot episodes of social video stories for a Parisian magazine.
The Austria Press Agency had a problem.
Their new video platform was not taking off as expected so they invited WAN-IFRA innovation and video consultant, Robb Montgomery, in to work with them.
Using the Design Method he lead four teams to examine the issues and develop solutions that could be quickly built, tested and validated.
Here is what Montgomery's Design Method looks like up close.
Develop a user persona
How to interview customers and users to get valuable insights.
Tips for guiding the team at this critical stage
Sketch out solutions
Complete this challenge or opportunity statement at this stage. It will help your team to visualize the elements that you still need to explore.
Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor with international expertise.
His clients include:
Broadcasters: CNN, Reuters, Channel News Asia, VRT, MTV3, MediaCorp, and 24SATA.
Organizations: British Cycling, Irish Broadcasting Authority, IREX, WAN-IFRA, and the Institute of Physics.
Educators: University of London (SOAS), Stockholm University, Danish School of Journalism, FH Wien (Vienna), EFJ (Paris), Michigan State University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Montgomery is a Best-eller author and worked as an editor in the newsrooms of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for 15 years before founding his media advisory business in 2005.
In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with certificate course packs for mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking.
Montgomery produces workshops worldwide on design thinking and mobile journalism. Mid-career professionals seeking professional development certification in these new skills frequently study with him in Berlin.
Since 2005, Montgomery has trained more than 10,000 storytellers in mobile journalism and design thinking.
He is the author of Smartphone Filmmaking (Routledge Press – 1Q 2018) and "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.” (ISBN 978-0-9903502-0-0. 2015, Visual Editors.)
• In 2012, Montgomery developed the smartphone reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty broadcast reporters and correspondents.
• For IREX and USAID, Montgomery developed the world’s first mobile journalism lab for Radio Liberty and several journalism schools in Georgia.
• As a journalism educator, he authors and produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Institute for Journalism & Media Management (Vienna) and the EFJ School of New Journalism (Paris).
• He was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.
• Montgomery has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Leadership and the San Francisco Examiner.
• His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.