Innovation and Design Thinking

Lean Methods Group
Training overview
Professional Course
36 hours

Course description

Innovation and Design Thinking

Unlike most creativity courses that focus only on idea generation and design courses that focus only on refining existing ideas, this course teaches you a diverse set of tools within a complete roadmap that takes you from problem identification to ideation to implementation to commercialization.

The Innovation and Design Tools course follows a systematic innovation roadmap, D4 (Define, Discover, Develop and Demonstrate) to identify unmet customer needs, generate ideas to fulfill those needs, analyze the most promising solutions and test the end product/process. It enables you to do this within a purely innovation context, or as an enabler to your Lean Six Sigma program or project.

This course offers you the opportunity to work on a real business issue with guidance from the innovation experts behind The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth. As a participant, you’ll learn the authors’ unique approach for innovating and designing new products, services, processes and business models.

With a hands-on, applied focus, this course teaches innovation and design tools in a workshop environment—complete with interactive lectures, practice exercises for each tool, simulations, and individualized mentoring on your real problems and challenges. You’ll practice solving mini problems and case studies throughout course and apply the full spectrum of thinking and tools to solve a bigger problem toward the end.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Solve business problems using a variety of innovation and design tools.
  • Understand how the outputs of some tools flow as inputs into other tools along the chain of innovation and design.
  • Identify unarticulated customer needs and get to the heart of your innovation and design dilemmas.
  • Discover alternative solutions using innovative problem-solving tools.
  • Develop ideas into solutions and demonstrate success with prototyping and piloting.
  • Apply a roadmap for innovation and design to solve business problems with measurable success.
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Who should attend?

Innovation & Design Thinking is appropriate for:

  • Anyone who needs an innovative approach to problem-solving, or to new product, process or service design.
  • Expert problem solvers and Lean Six Sigma practitioners who desire more knowledge, skills and tools.
  • Candidates enrolled in Lean Method Group's Master Black Belt or Lean Master program.
  • Professionals in R&D, product development, product management and marketing.

Training content

The content of this Innovation and Design Tools training course is structured as follows:

  • Define

    • Jobs to be done
    • Outcome expectations
    • Ideal innovation
    • Job scoping
    • Kirton Adaption Innovation
    • Nine windows

  • Discover

    • Resource optimization
    • Random stimulus
    • Imaginary brainstorming
    • Structured abstraction
    • Concept tree Six models of thinking

  • Develop

    • Function structure
    • TILMAG
    • Morphological Matrix

  • Demonstrate

    • Mistake proofing
    • Prototyping & piloting

Course delivery details

This course consists of 3.5 hours per day of live virtual classroom for 9 days blended with e-learning coursework.


The cost for the Innovation & Design Thinking course is $3,575.

About Lean Methods Group

Lean Methods Group

Lean Methods Group is a global management consulting firm specializing in the application of highly collaborative and methodical approaches to business performance improvement. Our business model is simple: we apply Lean methodologies to all aspects of our client's business. Through...

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