Innovation Framework workshop at FEI 2012 announced

IIR Front End of Innovation logoGeoff Waite has been invited to return to the FEI conference to deliver the Day One Innovation workshop in Orlando in May.  Having delivered “pre-conference” workshops for several years, it’s a pleasure to be back after a leave of absence in 2011.

If you’re interested in attending this year’s event, please feel free to contact me for my personal discount code.

The original workshop in 2006 was a half day session aimed at providing a ‘primer’ for those new to the management discipline of innovation.  The most consistent feedback was “please make it longer than a half day”.  In the years since the workshop has morphed year on year as we’ve found the field of innovation maturing and the role of the conference changing, providing more of a framework than a primer, accessible and valuable for both the experienced and the novel innovation manager.  Along the way, we’ve delivered full day, day and a half and two day workshops and the feedback is always the same:  “make it longer”.  The key take-away:  no matter how much you learn, there’s always more….!

For 2012, we will again focus on providing a comprehensive framework so that participants can contextualise and connect any content that they hear in the main conference.  Our aim is to retire the question “now where does that fit into the picture!”.

We’d love to see you there.  If you are interested in attending, please contact me for a discount code.

From the conference brochure:

The business process of innovation: “are we there yet?” There will always be a great new idea, approach or
technique and the FEI conference is great place to learn these from leaders in the discipline, but the divergence
amongst practitioners is now mostly semantic. So, maybe we are getting there. However, the implementation
is entirely personal – what works for one company may not work for another, and to piece the learnings
together, you need a framework. This workshop provides you with a framework to allow you to connect the
dots between the pieces that you pick up over the event and amplify your ability to connect those learnings
into a more powerful take-away- to help you make the whole more valuable than the sum of the parts.

  • Through a series of tutorials, examples and interactive exercises, the workshop will provide you with this framework, as well as a number of practical take-aways in their own right.
  • Doing it – Learn how to structure the FEI from needs identification to refined concept; how to plan a project.
  • Managing it – Learn about the levers you have to drive innovation and an innovative culture– including strategy, processes, resources, organization and leadership.
  • Supporting it – Learn an inventory of tools, from design, marketing, business and R&D perspectives, to use from discovery (users, markets, business, trends) to strategic management and culture.


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