This three day course is for NASA’s technical and managerial workforce, including engineers and program personnel, who are seeking to increase their abilities to be both creative and innovative in their technical and managerial endeavors.
“The excessive focus on analysis, targets, and number crunching, and the absence of introspection and imagination has resulted in a crisis in management” (Henry Mintzberg, The Globe and Mail, March 16, 2009). This course seeks to address this crisis. The goal of this course is to enable NASA personnel to be more creative and innovative in all their works, including technical and managerial. Participants will learn what enables creativity and innovation as well as what hinders it. Participants will learn techniques and tools that they can employ in their everyday work that will enable themselves and their coworkers to be more creative and innovative.
This is a highly interactive course utilizing active learning and project based learning techniques. Minimal formal lecture presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) is included. The pedagogy employed uses brief mini-talks that introduce new concepts and that question common assumptions about creativity and innovation. These mini-talks are followed by group discussions and then either implementation exercises or projects. Exercises and projects are conducted in class by small groups of participants.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
The ability to be more creative and innovative, to recognize inhibitors to creativity and innovation, effective techniques to enhance creativity and innovation in coworkers, tools to produce creative and innovative solutions to technical, managerial, and process challenges.