Applying Harvard University Global System™ Tools;
Planned in Boston, New York and Canada
Harvard University Global System™ (HUGS)
in English, French, Spanish
and Mandarin Shipped Worldwide
How to Nurture Imagination, Creativity, Innovation Quality and Scaling
May 20-21, 2019
June 23-24, 2019
Note the innovation deliverables can be a product, a service, a policy
or an enabling process.
Leading organizations create and extract value from a stream of innovations
emanating not only from research teams, but across the workforce
and beyond their borders. This workshop permits the participants
Acquire the cutting-edge competencies, proven instruments and best practices
to master the Harvard® innovation
framework and deliver bold out-of-the-box practical
innovations, with less guesswork, both in
technological and non-technological fields. These competencies and tools are vital to compete globally,
build and retain clients and
conditions conducive to ongoing mission-driven innovation across the value chain.
These conditions should spark novel options by seeding, stimulating
and exploring a complete panorama of choices
in crafting strategies, goals and deliverables;
mobilizing and allocating resources; prototyping;
securing buy-ins; mitigating risks; executing and
To Register, please call 1-800-HARVARD
International +1 819-772-7777. Thank you.
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!
WORKSHOP OUTLINE (Two 8-Hour Days, 2 CEU)
1. Asking the Right Questions & Building the Foundations for Synergy
- Pre-requisites for sustainable innovation
- Collaborative innovation at Airbus, Amazon, Kering, Michelin
and the National Research Council
- Challenging the Rules of the Game.
Sketching and constantly refining working goals
- Applying "system thinking in context"
to question assumptions,
probe boundaries and practices,
reinvent the rules of the game,
and re-frame to innovate
- Crafting the corridors of navigation for discovery,
learning and creating value
- Team-synergy exercise stretching the participants comfort zone
2. Crafting Your Innovators Canvas and Stage-Gates
- Configuring, pruning and updating the canvas
- Current and emerging threats and opportunities
- The future including pathways to get there
- Innovation activities and stage-gates
- Visualizing, observing, incubating, strategizing
and modeling options
- Experimenting and reflecting, reality-testing, prototyping, piloting
- Developing, alpha testing, scaling, beta testing and delivering excellence
3. Innovative Thinking: Methods, Techniques and Harvard®
- Anchoring the innovation: Scope,
value chain, uncertainties, iterative milestones
and evaluation mechanisms
- Harvard University Global System™:
A proven framework addressing the flaws of traditional brainstorming
- Harvard® Creativity Template
and framework to boost
innovation capacity and velocity:
Thinking outside the box with a free flow of ideas,
inventing real and fuzzy options,
with less guesswork
- How to stimulate creativity, build, improve upon everyones
suggestions and have fun
- How to harness and challenge abductive arguments
and open new vistas for potential innovations
- Rules for healthy and provocative auto-critique
and collective critique
- Sketching the forest and building a value proposition
from a cluster of choices:
Illustrations from corporate finance and aerospace
- Lessons from Amazon,
Dr. Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur and Procter &
Gambles longest profitable innovation
- Testing for quality, usability
4. Teamwork Exercises: Practicing Synergistic Innovation and System Thinking
- How to stimulate critical
thinking, build upon each others
ideas and co-create
- Iterative innovation rounds:
Brainstorming and validating creative options
- Intergroup learning and feedback
5. How to Create the Conditions Conducive to Innovation Excellence
- How to address serious threats stifling innovation
- Normalization of deviance, groupthink, perfection syndromes,
the valley of death
- Risks and opportunities facing champions, underdogs and riders?
- Practical lessons from successes and failures
6. Synthesis & Conclusion
WORKSHOP LEADER: ALAIN PAUL MARTIN, INVENTOR, SCHOLAR AND R&D LEADER
Alain Paul Martin
works with innovation teams
in the policy realm, biotech, software development, energy
and mining R&D. In this hands-on workshop, he will share
the best practices and the lessons he learned
from engineering and science team leaders; from teaching Harvard
case studies and experiencing successes and failures.
As a 19-year advanced-technology co-op
student at a leading European car maker, he delivered
his first innovation, a jig to eliminate his
mass-production job through intelligent automation.
Upon starting his North-American career in aerospace,
Alain earned corporate awards in technological innovations.
He went on to lead IT and mathematical-simulation
teams to optimize transportation at Du Pont and
construction materials and pulp & paper production at Domtar. He also led
the development of an operational-research system
to assess TV news-delivery quality and impartiality
at the CBC.
He subsequently established a track record in
digital and physical product innovations
as an inventor (Canadian, U.S. and Japanese patents)
and a strategic-change agent in banking, insurance and IT.
He incubated the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
with Dr. Brian Morrissey. He spearheaded the creation
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Alain held graduate faculty posts in leadership and management of change.
As an entrepreneur, he created employment for knowledge
workers for over 20 years and led teams to receive a
Canada Awards for Excellence certificate and the Mercure
Gold Award for a client. He led the creation of Harvard
University Global System™ (HUGS), the Global Method
and the novel software algorithms used by Skanska to manage
projects varying from millions to multi-billion dollars in size.
Alain is a current member of Harvard Faculty Club.
He is a 2012 Harvard Fellow (Advanced Leadership)
and an alumnus of Harvard Business Schools
OPM entrepreneurship (1997-99). He is also certified
to teach negotiation in the corporation by Harvard Law
School where he took formal training negotiation,
mediation and alternative-dispute resolution (ADR). Earlier,
he studied advanced technology in France and
graduated in Commerce at Concordia.
TUITION FEES (PUBLIC WORKSHOPS)
2 days: Regular fees: $1695; Government: $1495;
Group fees for 3 or more participants: $1450 per person.
Fees include a workbook, PPT hand-outs, road maps,
Martins upcoming brainstorming guide, and a daily
continental breakfast plus hot and soft drinks during the
morning and afternoon pauses, but exclude hotel
REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION PROCEDURES
To register, please contact us by email at email@example.com
or call us weekdays (9 AM - 4:30 PM EDT) at +1 819-772-7777; toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD
and pay in advance by credit card.
Send your money-order payable to: The Professional Development Institute PDI Inc.
Cancellation Policy: Participants registering
as a group must send substitutes in lieu of canceling.
For other clients, cancellations are accepted if made at least 10 working days
prior to the course, and are subject to a $150 service charge per person. Full
fees are payable by anyone who fails to attend or cancels less than 10 working
days prior to the session. One substitution or transfer to a later course of
the same duration is accepted.
WORKSHOP LOCATIONS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
BRING THIS WORKSHOP TO YOUR ORGANIZATION
We deliver in-house versions of this workshop worldwide to business and governments, NGOs and bar
associations and other societies. We would be delighted to work together with your team anywhere. Ask us
for a proposal based on the number of participants, the seminar duration and a selection of cutting-edge
course materials and case studies most applicable to your environment.
Our fees are most reasonable. If required to support your request, we would provide supporting evidence
for service fees recently billed to governments and companies.
The travel expenses for seminar leaders are on cost-recovery basis. They include airfare, ground transportation,
meals, gratuities, airport taxes and hotel accommodation.
There is no travel expense for seminars held in the cities of New York, Boston, Cambridge and Ottawa where we hold regular
public workshops. If applicable in your jurisdiction, sales and value-added taxes (HST and PST or VAT) are extra.
The client is responsible for the conference room, audio-visual materials including 2 flip charts, an 8x8 feet projection
screen, internet access, a digital projector for PowerPoint presentations and a laptop computer (as a back-up machine).
We also recommend round tables, each seating five participants, in a crescent arrangement, to face the workshop leader.
PERSONAL COMFORT, DRESS CODE and PHOTO SESSION
The dress code is business casual at your discretion. Trust your judgment. When
unsure, err on the side of caution. If overdressed, you can remove a tie or a
jacket and roll up your sleeves. Members of the Canadian Forces and the U.S.
defense community can, at their discretion, either dress casually or keep the
You will be reminded the first day to dress the way you feel most comfortable
for a photo session the next morning.
Although every effort will be made to ensure a pleasant learning environment
including a suitable temperature, we recommend you bring a sweater or a jacket
to the classroom as individual comfort zones differ and sudden variations in
the weather can temporarily affect air conditioning.
Also please kindly refrain from using strong fragrances during the session in
order to accommodate your fellow participants who suffer from asthma.