Creating a Culture For Innovation

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Learning Objectives

Using innovation strategies to improve the project outcomes and deliverables

Exploring innovative approaches to processes and methods to increase productivity (effective use of project time and money)

Establishing and promoting a culture of innovation within the project team

Creating a plan to apply the content to their current work.

Course Overview and Agenda

In this course, participants will systematically explore the relationship of innovation (doing things in different ways) and project management (establishing and following standards to accomplish a goal). In this context, “innovation” represents a strategy that can add value to project deliverables, more easily satisfy the customer’s need, and increase the capabilities of the performing organization. Innovation, whether technology-based or process-based, is best defined as discovering a different way to address a problem or use a technology to enhance an existing solution.Effective project management techniques also benefit both the customer by meeting their need and the performing organization either through financial return or supporting their Strategic Objectives.Combining project management discipline with innovative insights can supply dramatic results to project outcomes.

During this one-day course using lecture, discussion, and case studies, participants will examine innovation following the following agenda:

Welcome, Introduction, and syllabus overview

  • Establish definition of “innovation” as different from “creativity” and “optimization”
  • “An original or novel approach to an existing problem providing a value-added solution”
  • Case study 1

Module 1: Project deliverables and innovation

  • Explore mental habits – structured or flexible
  • Examine the dynamic balance between standards and new ideas or processes
  • Identify “innovation” as change
  • Case Study 2

Module 2: The project manager and innovation

  • Explore the role of the PM in project innovation
  • Examine the personal characteristics as PM
  • Review the impact of “Innovation Management” within project and organization
  • Case study 3

Module 3: Establishing a culture of innovation

  • Use Team Charter to support innovation
  • Explore three traps to avoid and six solution strategies
  • Case Study 4

Summary and Next Steps

  • Review strategies to respond to internal and external pressure for innovation
  • Create personal Application Plan (how participant will use content at work)
  • Final Questions
  • Course Evaluations
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