Course details


While design of experiments (DOE) is a staple of improvement projects, it isn't always practical or applicable -- nor does it always lead to the best solution. Incorporating innovation tools into your improvement initiative allows you to generate potential, novel solutions to your problem and ultimately improve your process, product or service.

In this interactive online training session, we’ll explore seven effective innovation tools that are easy to learn and apply. These tools can be used in a wide range of problem solving methodologies and draw on the experiences of your team members to generate implementable solutions.

This session will walk you through the innovation tools with simple definitions and relatable examples. The skills you acquire will enable you to not only unleash your own individual creative potential, but also inspire an innovation-focused mind-set across your business operations -- and on new streams of revenue, novel approaches to running the business and leveraging opportunities.

Attendees of this two-hour session will learn:

  • Why DOE shouldn’t always be part of the solution
  • Seven Innovation tools that really work:
    • Tools to Define the Problem:
      • Job To Be Done
      • Outcome Expectations
      • Ideal Final Result
    • Tools to Discover the Ideas:
      • Brain Writing 6-3-5
      • Scamper
      • Random Stimulus
      • Six Thinking Modes
  • How to apply these tools to your improvement project and in everyday situations
  • As an added bonus: How regression might really be easy for you!
  • Also: Online templates and web references to use as you implement these tools

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Who should attend

  • Performance/operational excellence and quality leaders who are responsible for developing and executing their organization's improvement strategy
  • Lean and Lean Six Sigma practitioners who are responsible for identifying improvement opportunities and leading projects
  • Team leaders who are responsible for facilitating problem solving groups
  • Team members who are responsible for participating in improvement projects

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Renee Snell

Renee Snell has more than 20 years of experience in developing and teaching continuous improvement techniques. A Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and statistical expert, she has mentored more than 1,000 practitioners in Lean and Six Sigma. In addition to her role as an instructor, Snell develops customized curriculum for organizations in both transactional and manufacturing industries. She holds a master's degree in statistics and has completed post-graduate work in management science/statistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also holds a bachelor's in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Virginia Tech.

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Date and time

2 hour course
Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:00am-1:00pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4)
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Included with all registrations

• A login for the live training course

• Downloadable slides for note-taking

• 1 year access to an on-demand version of the course

BONUS: Each individual and group registration includes planning tools and templates (a $49 value).


Continuing education credits

Each registration entitles you to receive continuing education credits through our partnership with the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET).  During the training session, you'll receive instructions on how to claim your credits.

IACET continuing education credits are accepted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and hundreds of other organizations and companies.



Choose your registration type:

Individual -- for those who want to attend the training alone. $199.

Group* -- if you want to train multiple people at your location. $399.

* Rules for groups:
A "group" consists of multiple people within a single room at a single location, viewing the training session on a single screen.  If you want to train people in multiple locations, or if each person requires their own screen to view, they must register separately.



• A CD-ROM of the training course can be added to any registration for an additional $199.


Technical details

This training session, presented in partnership with IndustryWeek, will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format. You will also have the ability to ask the instructor questions, and you can participate in polls the instructor pushes to the audience during the session.

After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the training course, as well as your unique password. On the day of the training, use the instructions in this email to log in.

A few days after the live training session is over, you'll receive an email informing you that the on-demand version is available.

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