Identifying Opportunities for Innovation
Generating Winning Ideas
About This Course
One of the central questions when it comes to innovation is “Where do ideas come from?” While the innovation process is often compared to lightning or flying sparks—spontaneous and uncontrollable—it can actually be managed effectively by employing the right techniques.
Regardless of whether you are a manager tasked with leading the innovation process, or an individual contributor looking for that next great idea, this Learning Sprint will show you how to “fill your innovation pipeline” with winning ideas. The focus in this Sprint is on which levers you can pull to find truly outstanding ideas, or as we’ll refer to them, opportunities.
To practice the techniques you’ll participate in an “Innovation Tournament” designed to help you identify and evaluate innovation opportunities. On the final day of the Sprint, you’ll share what you’ve learned, review the results of the tournament and discuss next steps for applying the concepts in your role.
Vice Dean of Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
What You Will Learn
Learn a process for identifying opportunities for innovation
Experience a single-round innovation tournament
Align leadership around fostering innovation
What You Will Do
Examine how to use both internal and external opportunities to fil your innovation pipeline.
Explore questions such as: where should one look for ideas? How can one improve idea quality? How can more ideas be produced?
Pull specific levers to improve the success of your pipeline