Innovation in IT is the successful creation, implementation, enhancement and/or improvement of a technical process, business process, software product, hardware product, or cultural factor that reduces costs, enhances productivity, increases company competitiveness, or provides other business value. Creative thinking within IT is the mental process, applied by an individual or by IT as a whole that considers ways to enhance the value of IT to the organization it serves.
This class is designed to provide IT leaders with the information, insights, and tools needed to foster innovation and enhance creative thinking within their IT organization.
Class Topics include:
Thoughts on Innovation and Creativity
What is IT innovation?
IT innovation types and outcomes
Lateral thinking vs. programmed thinking
The inspiration paradox
Critical Success Factors
Enablers of IT Innovation
Business goals and objectives
Proactive collaboration between IT and business
Drivers of IT Innovation
Constrained resources, competition, survival, greed, etc.
Innovation facilitation tools
Six step strategic and creative thinking process
Brainstorming, Five Whys, etc.
Planning and positioning
Innovation opportunities for IT
Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, Social Media, Internet of Things, etc.
Liedtka Model of Elements, Bloom's Model, A-B-C-D-E, etc.
An understanding of successful innovation within an IT context
Insights into the advantages, drivers, uses, and pitfalls of innovation within IT
Specific ways to create an culture of innovation within your IT organization
Conceptual understanding of the creative thinking process