Each year, a new group (version) of the Innovation Ambassadors are presented with a variety of projects with problem statements presented by any number of departments who have a need for innovative solutions. The ambassadors self-select the projects they are most interested in, forming "hives" with other employees, and working across departments to explore potential solutions for the remainder of the year.
Initiating and Planning Projects
Successful projects require careful upfront planning. In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. You’ll also learn to answer some key questions upfront to help you meet project objectives:
What will this project accomplish?
Why is this project important?
Who benefits from this project?
How will we plan for successful outcomes?
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
Identify the key characteristics of a project
Identify primary project constraints
Define the role and responsibilities of the project manager
Identify Project Organizational Structures
Understand the definition of a Project Stakeholder
Identify project stakeholders
Identify information needs of the project stakeholders
Define responsibility for managing stakeholder and controlling stakeholder engagement
Define the purpose of using a project charter
Summarize the key elements of a project plan
Identify common sources of conflict within a project environment
Describe the difference between authority and influence
Skill at discovering new ideas, and delivering them, may be one of the most important practical job skills, in today’s and tomorrow’s job market.
Creativity is an acquired skill, one that improves with practice.
This course aims to empower individuals who believe they have lost their innate creativity, because they, their employers or teachers prefer the three R's: replication, repetition and rote, to innovation. We show how to re-ignite rusty creative powers.
During this course, you will learn proven tools, frameworks and concepts useful for discovery– generating an endless stream of new ideas implementing at least some of those ideas with skill and persistence, based on books and articles written by the instructors.
In the first part of the course, you will learn a proven structured method for generating and implementing world-changing ideas known as "Zoom in, Zoom out, Zoom in" that makes creativity more accessible to everyone.
In the following weeks, you will learn practical proven tools useful for delivering ideas by employing the basic principles of business and management. You will practice the method, use it to tackle challenging real-world needs and produce a 2-3 minutes video presenting your idea.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successfully completing this four-week course, you will be able to:
Manage a process to generate an unending stream of creative ideas
Lead a process of innovation and implement ideas through all phases from discovery to delivery.
Apply creativity to a wide range of strategic management issues.
Solve problems with a high degree of innovation, creative thinking and risk taking.
Use and apply proven structured method for generating and implementing world changing ideas known as "Zoom in, Zoom out, Zoom in".
Develop and implement an innovation in your own practice.
Identify new and unfamiliar challenges and reflect on these challenges from a creative point of view, action they require and service they provide.
Demonstrate creative problem solving skills for defining, structuring and solving real world operations management problems.