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Leading Innovation Projects and Teams


Leading Innovation Projects and Teams


This live, interactive innovation course focuses on building new skills to lead the unique attributes of innovation projects. The good news is that as a professional technical leader, you likely already have the background and basic tools in leadership and project management and now just need to learn how to adapt them to the world of innovation.

Key questions we will answer along with many others:

  • What is unique about an innovation project from other projects?
  • Who should be on an innovation project team to ensure success?
  • What is the role of executive sponsors and how can you find the best one for your project?
  • How can you leverage rapid learning cycles, and the lessons from startups and VCs in your innovation project?
  • How can your agile skills be leveraged to be successful with innovation?
  • How do you get rapid customer feedback when you have little more than an idea?
  • What’s the best approach to get consistent and incremental funding as a project progresses?
  • When do you know the right time to kill or “hold” an innovation project?
  • How can you manage a wide range of innovation projects at different stages?



We’ll start with the nature of innovation projects, what makes them unique and how you can be successful.

  • Kicking off your innovation project for success: Key challenges and factors
  • Identifying the right goals, milestones, prototype plan and endgame
  • Estimating schedules, resources and iterations for innovation projects
  • Finding and working with executive sponsors
  • Case study and example of innovation projects

Using agile techniques as our baseline process, we’ll look at the best approach to managing the inherent uncertainty and subsequent necessary leadership skills needed for innovation projects. In this section, we’ll cover:

  • Driving your project to success: Day-to-day innovation project management
  • Using rapid learning cycles to learn, refine and redirect
  • Developing customer feedback loops with target customers that are quick to set up and easy to manage
  • Keeping the team focused when they are only a fractional part of the team

Innovation projects are often (and should be) only partially funded as you evaluate the market, prove the technology and make progress on the project. At each stage you’ll need to re-present your status and often ask for the next round of funding.

  • Developing your next Minimum Reasonable Ask that gets executives to say “yes” quickly
  • Moving your project to the next stage: product line development, incubation, operations or other
  • Tips for success: We’ll look at a variety of innovation projects at different stages and look at what worked to keep the momentum moving or in some cases what thwarted what should have been an outrageous success

What’s Included

Innovation Toolkit – Each participant receives a detailed toolkit with templates, tools and tips that cover each element of innovation.

The Savvy Corporate Innovator Book – You’ll also receive a digital copy of Dorian Simpson’s highly rated book, The Savvy Corporate Innovator: How to Get Funding for Your Big Idea in 30 Days.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone involved in product development who wants to get the benefits of innovation techniques:

  • Engineering Managers and leaders
  • Project Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Embedded software developers and leads
  • Application Engineers, Test
  • Managers and other support functions
  • Directors and executives


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Registration Options

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Program Leaders

Dorian Simpson

Management Consultant

Innovation Management
Product Management
Product Definition and Roadmaps

Contact Us to Schedule​

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.

Customers Say...

Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

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Practical, Proven Tools and Methods

Every method and tool we provide, with either a training or consulting program, has been proven in real-world projects.

Live, Experienced Consultants

You'll work directly with senior consultants who have over 20 years of R&D experience. No inexperienced trainers or fresh MBA's.

Cost Effective

As a virtual team with low overhead, you'll get the experience of a tier one consultancy group at a fraction of typical fees.

Concise, Comprehensive Programs

We focus every training or consulting program on the essential skills and implementation to get immediate results.

A Passion for Results

We understand the risk and expense of getting outside help. Our goal is to ensure you get the results you need.

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