Yet given today’s complex and rapidly advancing technologies, the company saw the opportunity to adopt a broader view of and more structured approach to external sources of inspiration and innovation. It also recognized it needed to keep pace with emerging technology, and more proactively identify the best technology providers and development partners to support their global supply chain R&D. The client asked us to help them build their competencies and capabilities for external technology intelligence gathering, which included technology forecasting, landscaping and scouting.
Impacting innovation through customized training
Leading up to our technology intelligence training workshop we held discovery and planning sessions with the client. We also helped the client identify existing supply chain projects that we would work on during the workshop. Using these client-specific insights we developed a customized technology training workshop and materials that reflected the organization’s internal systems, processes and best practices.
We taught participants how to use our training methodology and materials, and incorporate our structured process for technology intelligence gathering to support their technology forecasting, landscaping and scouting efforts. Through experiential learning, the participants used our tools, templates, and techniques to improve their external research and internal collaboration. We provided participants with these tools and templates and they continue to use them in scouting projects, to educate internal stakeholders, and to impact their innovation efforts.
Through our training, 20 global technical fellows refined their skills to search more efficiently search and find the most viable technologies; reduce the time to vet and acquire the right technologies; and improve the organization’s innovation efforts and outcomes. Today, we continue to provide on-going mentoring and co-researching on projects and the client is expanding the training to its European divisions.