Organizational Innovation Certificate

Non-credit Career Development Courses

**NEW FOR FALL 2019**

In this certificate program, participants will learn the theory of improvement science, structured methods for problem solving, and basic and advanced innovation tools.

  • Classes to complete: 4 core courses and 3 elective courses
  • Number of hours: 7 classes X 14 hours = 98 hours
  • Achievement: Organizational Innovation Certificate
  • Course Fee: Each two-day course is $595+GST

Through case studies, instruction, and simulation, students will have the opportunities to practice applying this approach so it can be immediately applied in the workplace. This course will prepare you to deliver exceptional results, tap into your team’s potential for innovation, and improve your own and your organization’s problem-solving capabilities. These skills will be invaluable to anyone wanting to advance their career by learning to lead improvement and innovation.

Developed in consultation with leading subject matter experts, this certificate program offers participants the opportunity to build invaluable knowledge and skills to drive improvement and innovation across public, non-profit, healthcare or private sectors. Programs can be customized to meet your organization’s unique context and needs.

Grant Funding

Our non-credit certificate programs may qualify for Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant Funding.

Courses

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Required Courses Course Name
Date
Prerequisite Fundamentals of Innovation (must be taken first)
Sep 12-13
Required Identifying Innovations
Oct 1-2
Required Operational and Strategic Problem Solving
Oct 24-25
Required Implementing and Sustaining Change (must be last certificate course taken)
Winter 2020
Elective Courses
Select 3 of...
Date
Elective Change Management Nov 19-20
Elective Inspiring Innovation - Creating a Culture for Change Dec 17-18
Elective Data Analytics for Innovation Winter 2020
Elective Navigating Change - Leading Through  Uncertainty
Winter 2020
Elective Facilitating Improvement - Staff and Client Engagement Winter 2020

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Innovation

Prerequisite

In this introductory course, you will learn the fundamental tools and skills of improvement and innovation.  Topics covered will include understanding value from the client’s perspective and the differences between value-add and non-value add work.  You will be introduced to approaches that engage the workforce and clients in identifying innovative solutions.  Students can expect to leave the class with knowledge and skills in basic innovation tools.

Identifying Innovations

Required

This course provides practical tools for how to identify and analyze problems, select the best opportunities for innovation, and create an implementation plan to close gaps.   You will learn the roles for leaders, employees, and clients in applying these tools.

Operational and Strategic Problem-Solving

Required

Learn an 8-step process for problem solving that can be used for any type or size of problem.  You will learn about the cycle of improvement based on the scientific research method and proven techniques for root cause analysis.   Gain practice in using the tools so that they can be applied immediately upon return to your organization.
Implementing and Sustaining Change

Required

Improvement and innovation can be exciting, but it is often hard to sustain the gains.  Learn visual management approaches and standard work practices to help sustain change.  Learn how to develop and track measurements to ensure your innovation sticks.

This is the last course to be taken in the certificate program.

Data Analytics for Innovation

Elective

Learn about the different types of measures and methods for data collection, analysis and display that support an innovation agenda.   Learn how practical tools like driver diagrams can help you measure progress towards your goals and identify actions and measures to assess the performance of your innovative ideas.  Learn the differences between data for accountability, improvement and research.  Practical tips for how to address barriers to measurement in your innovation project will also be covered.

Navigating Change - Leading Through Uncertainty

Elective

Learn WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”) and how to assess organizational readiness to adopt change.   Students will gain an understanding of the adoption curve and how it impacts where and when to focus efforts.  Learn concepts such as “fail forward fast” that support the mindset needed to create a learning organization.  This course will cover the phases of innovation from basic to advanced.  The role of the leader and how to establish line of sight on your organization’s innovation work will be explained.  A day in the life of the leader and opportunities to release more time to lead will be explored.  Understand how the seemingly unpredictable can be predicted.

Inspiring Innovation - Creating a Culture for Change

Elective

In this course, we will explore how to create a sense of urgency and compelling vision to guide innovation efforts.  It will focus on developing the narrative, building engagement and sustaining focus.  Learn how to build strategic alignment and deployment to implement innovation in any organization.  The course will help you build an organization of problem seekers and solvers through coaching, monitoring, and measurement.   Students will learn how standard work for leaders can create and sustain a culture of change.

Facilitating Improvement - Staff and Client Engagement

Elective

Learn the roles required to successful set up teams to drive improvement and innovation in any organization.  Students will gain knowledge of how to identify and leverage team dynamics to advance improvement and innovation projects.  Practical tips for engaging clients / customers and staff will be covered.   Learn specific tools and technique to capture the client / customer experience that can be used to drive innovations.  Practical approaches for engaging staff in everyday idea programs will also be presented.

Change Management

Elective

Learn the foundations of change management including common approaches.  Learn how concepts such as a “respect of people” are critical to ensuring successful improvement and innovation initiatives in your organization.   Students will receive practical tips and tools for managing change throughout the lifecycle of your innovation journey.

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