I have been facilitating two kinds of innovation workshops since 2007:
- “How-to” workshops
- “What-next” workshops
"How-to" workshops: Primary objective of the “How-to” workshops is to learn tools and techniques related to any or all of the following three questions: (1) How to innovate effectively? (2) How to enable innovation? (3) How to foster a culture of innovation? Topics of the workshops cover challenge framing, ideageneration, idea selection, experiment design, design thinking, idea communication, business model exploration, technology roadmapping, roles enabling innovation, building idea pipeline, improving idea velocity, design of innovation sandbox etc.
"What-next" workshops: Primary objective of the “What-next” workshops is to decide the next steps in the innovation journey of a team / organization. The questions that are explored during these workshops are: (1) What might be our next big bets? (2) What might be the next set of experiments? (3) What might be the next set of interventions in the innovation program?In some engagements a workshop is followed by a coaching element and the project culminates in participants presenting a business case around the new ideas they worked on. The senior managements act as sponsors to the selected ideas. These engagements last one to two months.
I have had the opportunity to facilitate workshops for participants from various sectors such as software products (Intuit, Oracle, Yahoo), IT services (Cognizant, MindTree, Sasken), Apparel (Madura Fashion & Lifestyle), Manufacturing (Hindalco, Airbus), Social (Agastya), Indian Government (Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat) etc.
Highlights of some of the past workshops:
- My 3 take-aways from "Design Thinking, Creative Thinking and Innovation" workshop at SPJIMR (Aug, 2013)
- Building creative confidence in housekeeping and model making staff at Agastya International Foundation (Aug, 2013)
- Highlights from innovation workshop for technical experts (April 2013)
- Highlights of a Design Thinking workshop in Bangalore (Nov 2013)
- Highlights of an innovation workshop for leaders (Jul 2012)