Innovation Sprints are described in the book ‘Out-innovate the competition’ – you will get a complementary copy with the program.

Innovation is a crucial skill in the digital age, and the role of Innovation Lead is becoming increasingly important and in high demand globally.

One effective way for organizations to innovate quickly and determine the commercial viability of new ideas is through the use of Innovation Sprints.

The sprints are a fast, team-based approach to innovation that utilizes techniques such as Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Jobs-to-be-Done, and Kaizen to generate innovative ideas with a high potential for success.

By following this formula, it is possible for anyone to come up with new and potentially industry-disrupting ideas in just a week.

Why become an Innovation Sprint Leader?

Being an Innovation Leader or Manager is a challenging and fulfilling role that involves facilitating innovative business outcomes through the use of diverse talent and resources within an organization.

The Innovation Leader serves as a guide, helping teams come up with bright and often disruptive ideas by teaching them how to follow the innovation process. This role is highly creative and in high demand, as reflected in the earning potential of Innovation Leaders and Managers.

It is important to note that while the Innovation Leader is not necessarily the innovator, they play a crucial role in facilitating innovation interventions and helping teams to innovate.

The median salary of an Innovation Manager is often even higher than a Scrum Master, the median in South Africa is ZAR1m, in the USA $ 132k in the UK £60k, and in Netherlands €86k. Figures from Glassdoor 20/04/2022.

Who should do this program?

Anyone can benefit from learning how to innovate, but those who are most likely to see the greatest benefits are sponsors of innovation and those tasked with managing the innovation process.

However, it is important to involve technical specialists from various parts of the organization, particularly those with a wealth of experience or unique insights, in the innovation effort. This ensures that the innovation process is well-rounded and draws on a diverse range of expertise and perspectives.

Who should attend?

  • Business Leaders and Managers driving innovation
  • Product Owners &
  • Product Managers
  • Design and Development Professionals
  • Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches
  • Operational and technical specialists that will develop or build new innovations
  • Marketing and Sales Professionals that will take new the ideas to the market and understand customer needs

Level of training


Main subjects covered

  • Identifying innovation needs
  • Defining innovation opportunities
  • Prioritizing and determining innovation focus
  • Getting ideas to work with
  • Idea generation and selection
  • Defining the high-level design
  • Design and rapid prototyping
  • Testing and validating ideas with real customers
  • Refining innovation design for building and developing

Certification Requirements

Successfully completing an accredited course run as a workshop. 


Successfully completing an accredited course + successfully facilitating an Innovation Sprint in real life.


40 Question multiple-choice exam, plus practical assessment

Digital Badge


Three days in-class or 24 hrs. virtual classroom workshop style training.

Cost (including assessment, excluding taxes)

From ZAR 16,997 (US$994)