Certified INNOVATION SPRINT LEADER

Innovation is one of the most important Digital Age skills and also one of the hardest things to get right. The role of Innovation Manager is a fast-emerging role and in short supply worldwide.

Innovation Sprints are the simplest way for any organization to innovate fast AND once done, know that the new innovative idea is commercially viable before the organization invests significant time, money, and other resources in developing the idea into a commercial offering.

Innovation Sprint is an Agile ADapT™ technique for fast team-based innovation that can be learned by anyone and anyone can successfully come up with new and sometimes industry-disrupting ideas with a high likelihood of commercial success in less than a week!

We draw on Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Jobs-to-be Done and Kaizen as inspiration when we developed Innovation Sprints and synthesized a unique and winning innovation formula!

Why become an Innovation Sprint Leader?

Being an Innovation Leader or Manager is a very challenging and rewarding role. Innovation Leaders are facilitators of innovative business outcomes (usually in the form of a new product or service).

We said facilitator because this revolves around the ability to leverage talent across the organization and help innovation teams come up with bright and often disruptive ideas.

This role is a very creative and fulfilling role but the Innovation Sprint Leader is not the innovator, they draw on the talent of diverse roles in the organization and then show the team how the innovation process works and help the team to do just that – Innovate!
Because not many people organizations understand that innovation is a process that can be learned. Part of the Innovation Sprint Leaders’ job is to teach people to innovate (follow the process) and then facilitate innovation interventions of cross-functional teams.

Innovation leaders or managers are in high demand, it is reflected in how much they earn!

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 course?

Here we can literally say anyone will benefit from learning how to innovate, but that is a bit too broad, Sponsors for innovation in different parts of the business is the obvious choice.

Those tasked with owning the innovation process or space is also a logical choice.
But managers don’t innovate on their own, we should include technical specialists in the innovation effort chosen across the organization but especially those who have a great deal of experience or unique insights into the innovation context.

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

Intermediate

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. 

or

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

Exam

Practical assessment

Digital Badge

Delivery

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

Cost (including assessment, excluding taxes)

From ZAR 9,997 (US$626)