Within the topic of methods and tools for Systematic Innovation, the Italian Center of Competence proposes some standard training modules, defined on the basis of long-term practice experience in different industry sectors:

Module 1: Structured problem-solving (16h):

techniques to organize in a systematic way the problem-solving process, independently by the ideas generation technique;

Module 2: Patents as a source of information (16h)

basics and fundamentals of patent rights and filing procedures, main free databases for patent searches;

Module 3: Inventive problem solving with TRIZ (24h):

problem analysis and ideas generation according to TRIZ theory and solution strategies;

Module 4: Technology Mapping and Patent Strategy (16h):

techniques to perform a strategic patent analysis for the target sector and to order patent documents according to a structured method;

Module 5: Value-driven Innovation (8h):

analysis and identification of the perceived value of target product, process or service;

Module 6: Technology Forecasting (32h);

fundamentals and main issues of Technology Forecasting topic and basic practices of some quantitative and qualitative techniques;

Module 7: FMEA with TRIZ logic (8h);

failures analysis and failures anticipatory analysis and prevention through TRIZ logic;

Module 8: Product and Process Value Analysis (8h):

analysis of the role and the contribution of target basic component (or elementary phase in a process) in the creation of the total perceived value of target product (or target process);

Above-cited training modules show an increasing level of learning and aim to enrich individual capabilities: Entry Level Modules deal with operative skills, Intermediate Modules act on strategic abilities and finally Advanced Level Modules stimulate the integration and the recognition of synergy with other methods and techniques.

Each module addresses target training objectives and it is proposed for target participants.

Training modules are suggested for target profiles:

  • Designers and technicians: Modules M1, M2, M3, M7, and M8;
  • Intellectual Property Managers: M2, M4, and M6;
  • Innovation Managers and Executives: M1, M5, M6, M8.

Each module is articulated in a training activity in the classroom and then a tutoring activity can be activated on pilot projects and cases studies suggested by the Client.


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