Innovation Practitioner Program

The quest for Systematic Innovation
Innovation is aptly described as Mind to Market – an idea or an invention does not qualify to be called an innovation till it does not find acceptance from the customers.
Innovation management is the systematic process of creation and delivery of value to customers.
To perceive a higher value the customer must receive a higher set of benefits at a lower cost and with lesser harmful effects relative to the competitive offerings in the marketplace. The customer’s definition of value evolves with the progress made by society, technology and industry.
As organizations evolve they often find themselves in situations where their processes are out-of-sync with customer’s dynamic interpretation of value. The symptomatic outcomes of this unhappy situation are flagging or flat revenues and reduction in margins from products and services.
Business Process Innovation is managements endeavor to catalyze the business systems (or process groups) and align the creation and delivery of value to the dynamic expectations of customers.
A well honed business process innovation system can spot the faltering performance levels of existing processes to trigger improvement initiatives and also identify opportunities for designing new processes by reporting the increased stress levels in existing workflows.
Systematic Innovative thinking
Innovative thinking is the systematic development and application of specific skills in resolving the non-typical situations encountered in the process of value creation and delivery to customers.
Our academic and professional work environments lay a lot of emphasis on developing soft-skills and technical skills to make for better professionals. Innovative thinking skills has however, not received the same attention of management till the recent past.
Innovative ideas are not a random creation of a fertile mind. Innovative thinking requires the mastery of specific skills applied in a systematic manner.
Continual research since the mid-50’s has revealed that innovation is a systematic process that can be learnt as well as taught to others.
Intelligence Quotient (I.Q.) may influence the pace of the thinking. High creativity may influence the variety of out-of-the-box ideas generated by a person. However, the systematic process of Innovation channelizes the creative energies of an individual in a purposeful manner to generate relevant and useful out-of-the-box ideas of value to the society.
Random idea generation through brainstorming is being replaced with the systematic approach to innovative thinking. The innovative thinking requires the mastery of specific skills applied in a systematic manner.
The market pressure to differentiate and generate revenues has created an industry need to teach and develop the core skills of innovators that would enable professionals to develop out-of-the-box thinking.
Innovation Practitioner Program
Innovation Practitioner Program has been created based on the underlying need of the industry to have well trained professionals who are adept in applying a systematic process towards inventive thinking.
Years of research and application by our international team of consultants has revealed the importance of professionals harmonizing the potential of their left brain and right brain.
A harmonized development of left and right brain potential will harness the creative potential of their mind and channelize the creative energies in a systematic manner to think out-of-the-box solutions that deliver value to the customer.
The Innovation Practitioner Program focuses on both left and right brain techniques and the systematic process of inventive thinking.
Participants will be exposed to fantasy principles, core vocabulary used by successful innovators and the seven (7) core right brain skills that form the foundation of the systematic process of inventive thinking.
Innovation Practitioner certificate of completion (IPC)
Innovation Practitioner certificate of completion is a global acknowledgement of the proficiency level as a professional adept in applying the systematic process of inventive thinking.

IPP Project Guideline

The project submitted for IPC must satisfy the following criteria

Positively impact at least one stakeholder (someone other than the person submitting the project) through a novel solution.
Clearly identify and classify the core issues to be resolved in the given situation
Enumerate the known solutions and the limitations of those solutions in resolving the core issues.
Resolve at least two (2) contradictions or conflicting demands
Demonstrate usage of Resources as per resource selection criteria
Move the process or product closer to Ideality

It is not required for candidates to demonstrate a working solution or prototype.However, the rigor of the systematic process of arriving at the innovative solution has to be demonstrated.

Each candidate must satisfy the educational and professional prerequisites as described below before applying for the IPP.
A bachelor’s degree or diploma from an accredited college-level institution
Minimum 3 years professional work experience
IPP has been designed to address the industry requirement of teaching and testing on systematic process of thinking.
The program focuses on both left and right brain techniques and the systematic process of inventive thinking that harmonizes their integrated potential.
Participants will be exposed to fantasy principles, core vocabulary used by successful innovators and the seven (7) core right brain skills that form the foundation of the systematic process of inventive thinking.
The IPP program is directed by an independent Technical Committee of ASQ India and QAI.
The curriculum, principles and practices as defined by the Technical Committee are outlined in this section.
The tools and techniques covered in the curriculum have been obtained through extensive research of existing right brain and left brain curriculum such as Lateral thinking, TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), Lean, Kepner Tregoe, Theory of constraints, Outcome driven Innovation, Systematic Inventive Thinking, and over thirty other techniques.
The Technical Committee will periodically update the curriculum to reflect changing industry practices.
The IPP curriculum has been mapped to Bloom’s taxonomy to gage the proficiency levels of candidates.
Bloom’s taxonomy details the different proficiency levels of a learner in order of increasing proficiency as defined below.
Remember (Knowledge level): Recall or recognize terms, definitions, facts, ideas, materials, patterns, sequences, methods, principles, etc.
Understand (Comprehension level): Read and understand descriptions, communications, reports, tables, diagrams, directions, regulations etc.
Apply (Application level): Know when and how to use ideas, procedures, methods, formulas, principles, theories, etc.
Analyze (Analysis level): Break down information into its constituent parts and recognize their relationship to one another and how they are organized; identify sublevel factors or salient data from a complex scenario.
Evaluate (Evaluation level): Make judgments about the value of proposed ideas, solutions, etc. by comparing the proposal to specific criteria or standards.
Create (Synthesis level): Put parts or elements together in such a way as to reveal a pattern or structure not clearly there before, identify which data or information from a complex set are appropriate to examine further or from which supported conclusions can be drawn.