Innovation programs within companies have fallen trap to a chronic misuse of the word innovation, to the point that most programs are shoehorned into traditional project management frameworks that focus more on the word than addressing the needs of the inventor. In this course, we’ll explore the key amplifiers of innovation in your company and talk about how you, the innovation leader, can bring together the right mix of vision, people, environments, and resources to overpower the resistance.
In Vision, we will explore the key points to building a strong vision that can help focus or open up innovation to your teams, and we will explore new tools that will enable you to amplify your vision beyond a presentation. This will include the exploration of how we bring together business, technology, and usage to create a compelling solution for our customers. Plus, we will explore how to use technologies like 3D printing to create early conceptual and functional prototypes to inspire people to invest in your idea.
We will talk about the type of people you will need to bring together to help amplify your vision—from how you hire to how you build teams. This includes moving beyond the typical interview questions of “tell me about a time when…” into a place where potential team members show you their craft. We will also review key models of team formation, self-organizing teams, and the critical need for coaching when expanding this amplifier.
In the last two amplifiers, Environment and Resources, we will talk about the key investments of how to build a complexity-safe zone that amplifies the key places, investments, and methods you will need. Plus, we will talk about the key Agile mindset that enables a thriving environment of exploration and experimentation. Concepts will include a review of Agile development culture and how you as a leader can create a positive safe to learn environment. Plus, we will explore innovation hubs and key spaces to enable inventors within your company. Lastly, we will talk about incremental budgets and the linkage to dynamic product development lifecycles that help to build a strong innovation portfolio.
In all, this course will give you a great starting point to expand innovation within your company or startup. Above all, we don’t run a program on innovation, we enable the inventor!
As a founder of nuCognitive LLC, Ray Arell is one of the company’s principal consultants and coaches. His 30+ year career has been dedicated to building great teams, communities, and products. Through his leadership, he has directly built and transformed a number of successful worldwide organizations and over the past 5 years has been coaching other leaders to do the same with their own teams. He is recognized as an industry leader in large scale adoptions of Agile, lean, and complex systems, and he has delivered over 20 keynotes and talks sharing his knowledge across the globe. Prior to nuCognitive, Ray was an engineering director/engineer at Intel Corporation where he helped deliver a number of cutting edge semiconductor products.