Innovation 101

January 20, 2021
9:00AM - 11:30AM
Zoom meeting

$50 per company

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In this 2 1/2 hour Innovation session, you’ll  learn how to think of innovation as a system, and how you can apply innovative thinking in your daily work. Use proven tools that allow anyone to create better ideas quickly, explain new ideas so that others can understand them and run quick experiments to remove obstacles and reduce risk.  There’s no pre-work, and all materials are provided. Just show up ready to learn!  

This introductory workshop is a glimpse into the Innovation Engineering® field of study, tools and education. Three of the 48 Innovation Engineering skills are introduced and practiced; as follows:

  1. Using Stimulus (related and unrelated) to shift thinking and spark new ideas.
  2. Pitching ideas with clarity – Learn 3 parts to communicating complete ideas/concepts and how to align these:  Customer or Stakeholder Problem, Benefit Promise, Proof (How the promise will be delivered).
  3. Relabeling project risks as Death Threats and getting started with Fail FAST Fail CHEAP experiments to resolve death threats.


Innovation Engineering is a scientific system and a mindset that enables never ending innovation by everyone, every day, resulting in increased speed to market and decreased risk. Innovation Engineering enables a culture where everyone works together on “innovation”.  Innovation Engineering teaches you advanced methods and tools for creating big ideas, accelerating your projects and problem solving your daily challenges.  Organizations that use Innovation Engineering see increases in speed up to 6X and increases of success up to 10X with innovation.  IE can be applied to new products or services, new customers or markets, new business models or internal system improvements.  Working smarter is not random.  Innovation Engineering training and tools enable you and your team to work smarter, faster and more creatively every day.

Read here what some Vermont participants had to say about their Innovation experience:

“Made me think about the customer and their problem.”

“I knew some of these things . . . but IE puts them together in a framework to follow.”

“Like the formalization of the engineering process.  There would be a benefit to everyone following the same process.”

“Learned helpful questions to ask to fully define scope.”

“Like related and unrelated stimulus.  We HAVE to shift our thinking and think about the whole system.  Solving the problems using the same methods we’ve always used won’t work anymore.”

“We need more diversity.  We need to be more courageous.”

VMEC is a founding member of the growing international Innovation Engineering Network, and we have experienced IE Black Belts on staff to help your company accelerate profitable growth.  Read here a blog posting on the value of Innovation Engineering.

Questions? Please contact Patricia Giavara, VMEC Assistant Director, at [email protected] or (802) 279-6103 or Lisa Henderson, VMEC Director of Client Services, at [email protected] or (802) 299-1456.

Payment: Please make check payable to “VMEC” and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), click here.