Innovation Fast Track: From Vision to Delivery

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5 half days + post-course coaching


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Virtual Live


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5 half days + post-course coaching


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9:00 a.m. -
1:30 p.m. EST


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Despite massive investments of time and resources, the ability to innovate effectively continues to elude many organizations. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Whether you’re looking to fast-track innovative ideas, advance your career, or just expand your knowledge base, this course will provide you with tools that set you apart from the competition. You’ll learn from industry leaders who will share the latest real-world innovation strategies and explain how to apply them. In hands-on, dynamic sessions, you will cultivate a skill set consisting of equal parts strategy, design, and strategic communications. The course provides a space where you can explore challenges facing your teams and organization and equips you with tangible initiatives and the creative confidence to move them forward. You can learn to innovate, inspire teams, and drive transformative change—you just need the right tool kit.

Class Description

Despite massive investments of time and resources, the ability to innovate effectively continues to elude many organizations. Frequently innovation initiatives either fall short or fail to sustain performance. Why is it so difficult to create and maintain the capacity to innovate?

The answer is that it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re looking to fast-track innovative ideas, advance your career, or just expand your knowledge base, this course will provide you with tools that will set you apart from the competition. These skills are not something you can find in a book; they're ones you can learn only from those who have experience with them.

You’ll learn from industry leaders who will share the latest innovation strategies and explain how to apply them. In hands-on, dynamic sessions, you will explore the key challenges facing your teams and organization and develop tangible initiatives and the creative confidence to move them forward. You can learn to innovate, inspire teams, and drive transformative change—you just need the right tool kit.


What You'll Learn

The Innovation Fast Track course has been created by, with, and for industry professionals. It’s designed to provide you with the multidisciplinary foundation upon which innovators rely to drive transformative change. The foundation includes:

Strategic Design

How to apply user-centered design strategies to explore opportunities and ensure adoption by your intended audience

Organizational Strategy

How to navigate organizational silos, structure competitive analysis, develop rapid business cases, and more

Communications

How to apply evangelism, storytelling, and presentation skills to articulate a vision, create advocacy, and win funding

Operationalizing Innovation

How to define requirements and roadmaps and combine company-wide resources to bring innovation to market


Day Plan

  • Pre-Work
  • Week 1
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • Week 5

Pre-Work: Define Opportunity Areas

Before attending the first class, you will be asked to complete an Opportunity Assessment Canvas. This will lay a practical foundation for defining what you want to get out of the course.

Week 1: What Is Innovation?

How do we define something as seemingly intangible as innovation? By exploring leading theories, practical application, and result-based outcomes.

Week 2: Unpack and Amplify Ideas

Going from the theoretical to the practical, we will unpack and score your most compelling ideas to set priorities, evaluate impact, and assess value.

Week 3: Clarify the Value Proposition and the Path Forward

Apply best practices to summarize the value proposition and define key activities, audiences, resources, revenue potential, and risk management.

Week 4: Evangelize and Package the Story

Innovation lives or dies by your ability to tell your story. Learn how to bring your vision to life through storytelling to drive advocacy and adoption.

Week 5: Pitch the Opportunity

The moment of truth. Participants have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas and convert their audience into advocates.


Post-Course: One-on-One Private Coaching

Included in Innovation Fast Track is a one-on-one coaching session at the conclusion of the course, to be used in whatever manner you choose. You can work with the course lead to refine your idea or sharpen your story, explore career paths and advancement, or gain insight into ways to create organizational change to foster innovation.


Outcomes

Upon completion, you will be empowered with tangible frameworks and best practices to deliver innovation, including:

Skill and Tools

Practical skills and tools to fast-track compelling, innovative experiences to market

Acting as a Change Agent

The ability to break down silos and drive structural change to unlock the innovation potential of your organization

Communication

The ability to articulate your vision to key stakeholders to gain alignment and buy-in

Marketability

An industry-proven tool kit that will give you a competitive edge in accelerating your career in any organizational context


Enroll as a Team or Organization

The practice and application of innovation methodology is highly collaborative and team-based — which is why we believe that learning is better together. We can offer your organization a curriculum customized to your industry and market challenges. Think of us as an extended part of your team, working toward a shared goal: to address organizational and market challenges and create innovative solutions for your stakeholders and customers. Your team identifies the challenges; we customize and design presentations, exercises, case studies, and breakout sessions to help you achieve your goals. Scheduling is flexible, and we’ll work around your time constraints. Learn more.


Instructors

Keith Venkiteswaran

Program Lead, Innovation Fast Track, Parsons Executive Education

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Mariana Amatullo

Vice Provost for Global Strategic Initiatives, Parsons School of Design

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Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for managers, executives, and aspiring leaders. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. The following are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. If you have a passion for innovation, this course is for you.

Years of Experience

For professionals with at least seven years of work experience; appropriate for both established and aspiring leaders

Level

For professionals looking to harness their own innovation potential and managers who want to foster the potential of their teams

Job Functions

C-suite through middle management, including those in strategy, design, marketing, technology, R&D, product, sales, consulting, and finance

Prerequisites

No formal prerequisites, but you should be passionate about innovation and looking to challenge the status quo


Why The New School

93%

of participants mastered new tools and ways of thinking that were immediately applicable to their jobs

98%

of participants felt faculty were knowledgeable and topics were relevant to their business

9/10

participants would recommend the program to a friend

You may be considering other programs that can teach you how to harness the power of innovation to close gaps in knowledge, achieve your goals, and advance your career, such as an MBA or another type of higher education. Although such programs have value, they are typically costly and impractical for the working professional. And they also tend to employ a shotgun approach where a laser is needed.

The Innovation Fast Track program was designed with the working professional in mind, providing a cost- and time-effective curriculum that cuts through typically unwieldy academia to get to the heart of practical, real-world-tested strategy and tactics to drive substantive transformation, as proved by industry leaders and experts.


Tuition and Financing

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FAQ

  • > What is innovation fast-tracking and why is it relevant today?

Innovation fast-tracking is about leveraging industry-proven processes to foster innovation and accelerate its advocacy and adoption. It’s about learning how to effectively navigate or optimize existing organizational structures to create streamlined “fast lanes” to innovation. It is highly relevant to all industries because it’s the only competitive advantage in a marketplace where you disrupt or get disrupted.

  • > Will I earn a certificate?

Yes; you will receive a Certificate of Completion in Innovation Fast Track: From Vision to Delivery. Please note that this is not a degree-granting program. It is a practical, actionable, real-world curriculum designed for working professionals.

  • > Whom will this program benefit?

People in any career can benefit from this program, since all industries depend on the ability to innovate. The methodologies taught are universal and applicable to all kinds of companies and organizations.

  • > What can graduates of this course expect to achieve?

Please see the Outcomes section.

  • > Are there prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but there are guidelines, which appear in the Who Should Attend section.

  • > What does tuition cover?

Tuition covers the entire five-week course and a post-course one-on-one coaching session. You will also receive valuable IP in the form of original Canvasses you can apply to explore and benefit from any opportunity or challenge.

  • > What projects will I work on during the course?

During the course, you will work on whatever initiatives you would like. We provide the framework and tools for you to plug in your own custom innovation projects. At the culmination of the course, you pitch your ideas to the class and industry leaders.

  • > How is an online/virtual live format different from an on-campus format?

Other than the fact that you are not in a physical classroom, there is not much difference at all. This course is completely immersive and interactive. The exercises you complete are shared in class and in breakout sessions with the course leads, participants, and industry leaders.

  • > What are my financing options?

See the Tuition and Financing section.

  • > Can I chat with Admission or instructors?

Yes. You can chat with the instructors by contacting Admission or attending an info session.

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