Becoming an Innovator (Workshop)

Becoming an Innovator (Workshop)

Brandnew workshop on how to improve your products, processes and services by discovering innovative solutions

7-8 September 2009 (10-18)
Location: Pullman Diegem (Diegem)
Presented in English by
Price: 1400 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)

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Full Programme:
9.30h - 10.00h
Registration (only first day), coffee/tea and croissants
Start of each workshop day

The following topics are spread over 2 days:

"The Innovation seminar run by James Robertson for 100 of our clients was a resounding success. The hands-on workshops brought the subject to life. Participants were delighted with the focus on immediately integrating innovation into their own roles and organisations." - Chris Rupp, General Manager SOPHIST GmbH, Germany
Getting started:
Anyone can be innovative if they have the right attitude and mindset, and if they use the right techniques and approaches.
Fundamentals of innovation:
We look forward to some of the techniques you will use, introduce you to examples of innovative business practice and draw lessons from them.
Removing constraints from the problem space:
When closely examined, some constraints (e.g. you have to send an invoice to your customer, or you must approve expense claims before paying them) can be removed, or changed, with startlingly innovative results.
Innovation triggers:
Business analysts should pay attention to innovation triggers when innovating for new systems and processes. For example the Connectivity trigger means keeping your customers connected to your business through an "information umbilical cord"; the Participation trigger is about how you make your customers involve themselves in your business. We look at these triggers and many other innovations.
Ideas brokers & recombination:
Being an Ideas Broker means collecting processes, ideas and technology that can be combined in an innovative way to make a new service, product or system. Most of the raw material for innovation is available to you right now, you simply have to look at it with an innovative eye.
"Suzanne Robertson of the Atlantic Systems Guild ran a Creativity Workshop for a joint British/French project to develop requirements for an airport departure management system; it was highly effective in capturing and exploring new ideas and in building the project team."
Storyboards and scenarios:
Storyboards are a creative technique used to explore possible future scenarios to future users of the system or product you develop. Storyboards and scenarios are a particularly business-friendly way of illustrating your innovations.
Other innovation techniques:
Having extra creativity tools in your toolbox is never wasted. We look at Combination, the simple idea of combining two things to make something better; Weakness into Strength, to take the weakest part of the process and turn it into an advantage; how to use Analogies to find an innovation by similarity; as well as Brainstorming; Incubation; Prototyping and many others.
Innovation and your organisation:
In the final session we relate the course to your own workplace, and we discuss how to apply these techniques in your work environment. Where in the development life-cycle it is most appropriate to innovate ? What organisational barriers to innovation can be overcome, and how ?
End of each workshop day
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