Innovation and Design Tools

You can't innovate without the proper framework and tools

Certification Requirements

About Innovation and Design Tools

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.

D4 Pipeline. Define, Discover, Develop, Demonstrate

D4 Pipeline. Define, Discover, Develop, Demonstrate

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.

Techniques learned and applied in this course include but are not limited to:

Jobs To Be Done
Outcome Expectations
Ideal Innovation
Job Scoping
Kirton Adaption-Innovation
Nine Windows
Resource Optimization
Random Stimulus
Imaginary Brainstorming
Structured Abstraction
Concept Tree
Six Modes of Thinking
Function Structure
Morphological Matrix
Mistake Proofing
Prototyping & Piloting

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. 

Learning Objectives

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.


What is the price of this training and education?





What is the length?

5 consecutive days, 36 hours of instruction

How many CEUs are available?


Who is this training and education 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 the Lean Methods Group Master Black Belt or Lean Master program.
Professionals in R&D, product development, product management and marketing.

Are there any prerequisites?


Pre-class reading assignment

Does this course count as one of the electives for the Master Black Belt and Lean Master programs?

Yes, Innovation and Design Tools is an elective for both Master Black Belt and Lean Master