Agile Innovation and Problem Solving Skills

Learn how to deliver greater value through Agile solution targeting and theory of constraints that unleash your team's innovative potential.


What You Will Learn

  • How Agile manages solution risk and return more effectively
  • Accurate, effective requirements gathering that avoids delusional "perspective taking"
  • Paradox of structure, aka "how constraints drive creativity and luck!"
  • Test-driven development for faster, better solutions in complex systems
  • How to target scope to meet Performance Objectives via the Theory of Constraints

About This Course

Innovative products and services change lives, and having the right innovative process creates an competitive advantage. Ultimately, innovation is about one thing: problem solving.

As an agile problem solver, you'll need to expand your critical thinking skills to address the key sources of risk in developing best solutions for your new products and business lines. The Problem-solving techniques covered begin with problem definition, beginning with job descriptions and applying the right soft skills to enhance requirements gathering. This ensures you're targeting a good problem to solve, and that you understand the business model. The course then moves on to practices such as "brainstorm and storm drain" to target new creative solutions. You will learn how innovation works on fast feedback cycles to test possible solutions and target root causes of defects. Creative thinking isn't a straight line, and neither should the problem-solving process be a straight line. Each course of action needs early and frequent testing. ****

Key lessons taught in this course are:

Delivering business value, not technical scope with User Stories

Why innovating is the key to risk management and gaining a competitive advantage

The best innovation process for startups in new markets or disruptive innovations, versus sustaining product and process innovations

How to employ an innovation process that fits your business model and situation

Using Cross-functional teams and user stories to gather accurate requirements

Leveraging constraints to apply tested solutions to new technology and new innovations

Applying Test-Driven Design (TDD) to deliver better designs with less designing

By following best practices of Agile, including timeboxes, constraint-based thinking processes, and empathetic problem solving, you'll learn how to provide a sustainable innovation environment for your teams.

While this course will not make you an agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP), or certified scrum master (CSM), it offers a more fundamental agile certification based on agile principles and how agile innova
Upon successful completion of this course, learners can earn 10 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, which are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PDU credits are essential to those looking to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

At A Glance

  • Expert Instruction Build Skills
  • Self-Paced Progress at your own speed
  • 4 Weeks 2-3 hours per week
  • Free or $199.00 For the full program experience Discounted to $179.10 when you purchase the full Agile Project Management Professional Certificate Program.
  • 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) Earn PDUs toward your Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Mangement Professional (PMP) certification

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Your Instructor

John Johnson

I'm passionate about what works as both scientific principles and best practices in project and product management. Teaching is leading leaders, so my first goal is to engage with compelling reasons to change their thinking. Our shared goal is to empower their teams to delight customers while also serving the organization and society that supports them.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • I really enjoyed this course. The videos, real-life examples, and test cases were interesting and stimulating. It was interesting to see how different skill sets were pulled into the process of innovation. Overall, it was very enjoyable and informative. Serena Bonini
  • Excellent course! I'm a Systems Engineer and it answered the doubts I was having about my startup. It's a breath of fresh air about business and project management considerations for those aiming at innovation. The series of other courses focused on agile management concepts are relatable to everyone with a business. I highly recommend it to everyone on the startup path. Daniel Romero A.
  • The course is well-designed and has excellent content. The course provides evidence-based approaches to agile project management and demonstrates an awareness of what motivates teams to understand the customer context, perform well, and deliver on time. Skender Dega
  • This was great course for me, especially working in the Agile environment for 4 years. This course was able to give me a theoretical view to the Agile and it will be used in my real life work experience. Vaibhav Surwade
  • Well designed course with great content. The course teaches evidence-based approaches to agile project management, and shows an understanding of what drives teams to understand the client context, perform, and deliver with a high success rate. I'm a project manager with an Australian university, and I'm already applying many of the principles and practices to improve our performance in education projects. Well done! Anonymous

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Week 1
Capability Delivery

The first week of Innovation revisits concepts of capability delivery from technical perspective; asking how do we achieve a project's purpose to innovate? What are the risks and methods to be successful in delivering a defined output under uncertain conditions? Here the Theory of Constraints (TOC) is used to target innovation for maximum impact.

Week 2
Requirements and Validation

The second week dives into the requirements gathering and validation process, and the science behind the most powerful requirement tool, a User Story, and how it forms the basis for Test-Drive Development (TDD).

Week 3
  • Creativity
  • Luck
  • Productivity

The third week looks at how adding constraints to solutioning unleashes creativity, luck, and productivity towards solving hard, uncertain problems.

Week 4
  • TOC Thinking Processes
  • User Stories
  • Constraints

The fourth week culminates with the application of the TOC Thinking Processes, User Stories, and Constraints along with the use of the powerful system engineering solutioning techniques (isolation, absorption, acceleration, etc.) and tools like TRIZ.

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