Technical Innovation: From Strategy to Application is a 3-week course that will teach you the core features of innovation and the strategies needed to execute various forms of innovation.
This course teaches “Radical Innovation”, a philosophy developed by MIT’s Sanjay Sarma. This philosophy inspires an approach to product development that applies an entrepreneurial mindset to every stage of the development cycle, from inception through prototyping, testing, and launch. Applying this approach can improve processes, products, and business models.
The course is well-suited for managers intent on architecting successful, collaborative, and happy teams; technical professionals looking to advance their essential skills and improve the performance of their projects and processes; and individual contributors wanting to perform to their highest potential.
The courseware features video lectures, real-world case studies, interactive projects, and includes ungraded practice activities throughout to provide opportunities for learners to check their understanding. You will apply what you have learned by taking on the role of the key innovator in various scenarios. Reflection activities will help you hone your skills. Instructor- and TA-lead webinars provide a forum both for learners to pose course-related questions to experts and for the experts to share their own experience of current industry challenges and solutions.
In week one, you will be introduced to radical innovation. You will learn the core features of technical innovation in the modern world and the philosophy and strategies needed in an organization to execute various forms of innovation.
In week two, you will be introduced to how innovation is broken and what can be done to fix it. You'll also explore what could potentially stop an organization from being innovative, known innovation threats, and how to solve them.
In week three, you will further explore Lean and Agile. Topics such as testing, rapid prototyping, and design will all be covered. Additionally, a number of examples from companies will be provided such as Uber, Apple, Tesla, and Google.
This course will equip you with the tools you need to execute innovative ideas, from Lean and Agile methodologies, to rapid prototyping and design.