Agile + DevOps West 2021 Concurrent Session : Innovation: How to Foster It & How to Squelch It

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Innovation: How to Foster It & How to Squelch It

Everyone talks about the importance of innovation, but few understand what factors contributes to, and detracts from, true innovation.

This presentation will cover the following:
Why is innovation in the workplace important?
- Springboard by sharing two stories; one from a company that failed to innovate and one from a company that continually innovates
- Whole group discussion on benefits of creating an innovative company culture

Innovation squelchers
-What are most people doing to prevent innovative ideas and deliverables? -
- What you need to STOP doing
- Example/Simulation: Presenting an Automatic Car Anti-Theft idea
- WHY do we squelch > Viewer Mail activity

Innovation encouragers (teach these concepts through STORY)
-Yes, and (activity)
-Reframing failure
-Carve out time/money
-Don't take No

How to tap into your own creativity
-Activity - caption that meme

Participant Take Aways:
-Understand why developing an innovative culture is crucial to success
-Know 5 things they are doing that squelch innovation and will STOP doing
-Know 5 practical ways to foster innovation and be able to implement

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Jill Stott is a seasoned Agile professional, having held many roles in IT over that past two decades. She is passionate about teaching Agile concepts and frameworks. Jill has a background in teaching and she makes each class she teaches informative, eye-opening, interactive, and fun. Jill curates a psychologically safe classroom where participants feel comfortable asking questions and sharing their whichever format they feel most comfortable. Jill loves problem-solving and is eager to discuss the biggest pain points that are preventing you, your team, and/or your organization from producing more value in less time, to come up with concrete solutions you can take back and implement.