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What:  The Innovation Express overview provides a 2-4 hour introduction to the themes of how to lead and manage innovation as a “system” that delivers increased speed and decreased risk.  The Program is a high-energy and hands on overview designed to expose attendees to a new innovation mindset with a particular focus on what their role is in the process. Generally the session is part of a sponsored breakfast or lunch session with the interested group.


Why:  It is well understood that companies that innovate realize 200 to 300% increases in profit growth as they escape market forces that create commodities out of all products and services.  The challenge with innovation is that the current mindset is that innovation is a random act of artistic creation. 

How:  You learn through interactive “experiments” during the session. The agenda varies based on the needs of the group of attendees but the basic flow is as follows:

    A framework for “Why innovation and why now?”    

    A 20 minute Hands on Innovation Experiment    

    A laser focused definition of what is an “Innovation"   

    Basics of how to 7x the Creation of Innovation

    Basics of how to use Communication systems to drive out fear    

    Basics of how to use Commercialize systems to drive out fear    

    A “re-do” of the Innovation Experiment to show what you learned    

    An application of Innovation Engineering to a specific challenge to your business or non-profit


programS for

executives & Teams


What:  The Innovation Executive Programs are 4 hour to 1.5 day experience  programs where you and your team of up to 6 executives learn the fundamentals of how to lead and manage innovation as a “system” that delivers increased speed and decreased risk. The Program is an “Executive Summary” course designed to make senior executives literate in a new innovation mindset with a particular focus on what their role is in the process.
Why:  It is well understood that companies that innovate realize 200 to 300%  increases in profit growth as they escape market forces that create commodities  out of all products and services. The challenge with innovation is that the current mindset is that innovation is a random act of artistic creation. 

How:  You learn through interactive “Lab” classes during day one, and start the process of integration with a set of “Application”classes on the second day. The agenda varies based on the needs of the group of executives attending but the basic flow is as follows:

Create, Communicate, Commercialize Meaningfully Unique Ideas 

This full-day Innovation Workshop delivers a basic understanding for increasing innovation speed & decreasing risk. In this full-day event, you will learn to accelerate ideas for new or improved products, processes, and services.

Test Drive Workshops provide a sampling of the basics of the how to CREATE, COMMUNICATE & COMMERCIALIZE Meaningfully Unique Ideas.

Test Drive Workshops are taught using the Cycles to Mastery™ teaching system.  It’s a system of learning that has been found in University research to be 4 times more effective than classic training programs.

Each public Workshop involves a series of digital classes that are watched in advance and one compressed day of both LAB Classes that drive deeper understanding through case study examples.  And APPLICATION Classes where you begin the process of applying the learning to your company situation. The Innovation Engineering Test Drive Workshops include:

CREATE:  Here you learn the new mindset that creates a 6x increase in the number of high quality ideas versus classic “brainstorming.”  It features a special focus on how to enable active learning from customer insights, marketplace benchmarking, technology and future mining.  And, how to leverage a collaboration mindset to create an exponential increase in effectiveness.

COMMUNICATE: This workshop exposes you to the new “outside in” thinking approach that doubles your odds of success by turning sales and marketing into a customer pull system.  It also provides a simple way for defining ideas so that everyone - from front line worker to the CEO can speak the same language.

COMMERCIALIZE:  This workshop is a transformation in how to reduce innovation risk.   Instead of attempting to “plan, study and study away risk” you learn the new Fail FAST Fail CHEAP™ approach.  It’s a modern and accelerated version of the classic Deming learning cycle of “Plan, Do, Study, Act” applied to innovation.

As a prerequisite for attending each Innovation Engineering Test Drive Workshop, we ask that you watch a video for each of the 3 focus areas - Create, Communicate and Commercialize. By watching the videos in advance, we can dive straight into hands-on application during class.  On average, each video is about 20 minutes long and the quiz will take you an additional 2 minutes to complete. In total, you should set aside about 60 minutes to prepare for training prior to the event. A link to the videos will be provided prior to the workshop for registered attendees.

What’s Next:  Innovation  Test Drive Workshops cover 6 of the 48 Skills that make up the Innovation Engineering Body of Knowledge. After the workshop, many attendees and their leaders look to pursue black belt and green belt innovation education and system deployments within their companies.

​​​innovation engineering

operating system

total business thinking &

technology for innovation

The Innovation Engineering Operating System (IEOS) helps you to develop the confidence and capability to use innovation to grow your sales and profits with increased speed and decreased risk. 

​Implementation involves a series of projects or "Waves" over 3 to 12 months.​

​Projects are focused on a "Very Important Problem or System" for the organization.

Classic VIP / VIS areas include:
New Products & Services
New Customers and Markets
Sales & Marketing Message
Innovation Process Improvement
​Innovation for Sustainability
OPEX & Lean Innovation​

The well-proven IEOS implementation process builds a sustainable culture of innovation. The systems and tools that make up IEOS have not only been utilized by such companies as Nike, Disney, and Proctor & Gamble, but are now available to suit the unique needs of small and mid-size organizations.

​After the classes some participants like to "do it themselves", while other prefer to progress to IE Management System Coaching.

Public workshops involve a two hour class once a week for three weeks.

​Private workshops are available as weekly classes or as a one day intensive program.

INNOVATION ENGINEERING ©, ® &/or Patentable Technology used under license from the Innovation Engineering Institute, Inc.

innovation training

EXPRESS overview

for executives, organization leaders, small to medium organizations, non-profits or civic groups

education & Systems

  •  Innovation Leadership Training, Education Workshops & Operating Systems
  • Product, Design & Development Team Building & Coaching
  • Design Thinking, Lean Startup
  • Lean Six Sigma/DMAIC
  • Supply Chain & Procurement Team Building & Coaching
  • Negotiation Education & Coaching
  • ​Collaborative Contract Design & Negotiation
  • Patent Valuation & Business Processes to manage Intellectual Property
  • Savings Program Education
  • Risk/ Compliance Programs  &Education

innovation  training


4 hour, 1 day, 1.5 day,

4 week, and 12 week project demonstrations

Leading for Growth(TM)

Blended education,

leadership training &

Technology systems

that amplify long term growth

to amplify growth - educate first, then focus on the system. 


what is innovation engineering?

Innovation Engineering® is a new and proven business innovation leaderhsip leadership training system that coaches and trains teams to increase speed to market (by up to 6X) and decrease innovation risk (by 30-80%). 

Innovation Engineering® is a new field of study that applies the principles of Dr. W. Edwards Deming to the field of never ending innovation.

​The Innovation Engineering® principles are based on research on the drivers of success and failure of over 26,000 innovations and real-time measurement of over 13,000 innovation teams.

​The innovation system is supported by the US Department of Commerce, 1,300 member NIST MEP Network, Eureka! Ranch, plus 6,000 executives at small companies to global corporations.

Merwyn and Idea Scan™ and
New Market GPS ™have been used by small, medium and large companies to
measure their ideas and make more informed business decisions. Merwyn is 7 times smarter than human judgment when it comes to picking winning ideas.

TheInnovation Garage is a fully credentialed and licensed enterprise provider of Innovation Engineering® and related services.

​​​​​​The Innovation Garage provides blended education, leadership training & coaching across the total business life cycle.  

Strengths Development, Virtues Based Leadership, Design Thinking, Lean Start Up, Lean Six Sigma, Innovation Engineering, Program Management, Supplier Enabled Innovation, Center Led Procurement. 

We always prescribe an educate first model.

That means our desire is to engage our clients, listen deeply, understand the challenge, provide options, educate then coach.

Working with executive, leadership, management and employees teams to create blended learning programs for success.

 ​We are always practitioners first. 

 We use and blend these leadership training solutions for own business development as well because they work.

The offerings presented are best in class and based on scientific research and our own practical field application.

These leadership training solutions are the keys to helping spark or reignite the long term growth of start ups, small to medium enterprises, and the global fortune 50.

Our long term goal is to provide the proper solution for your needs. The Innovation Garage has additional provider relationships to connect you to the proper solutions to solve your most difficult challenges.

For each of the elements listed, we can provide insight, analysis, business processes & recommend technology. If you're an executive, manager, owner/operator, or employee looking to discuss options, review the menu below and please give us a call to discuss these programs or a custom built education program.