Tom Merrill

    Tom Merrill

    April 19, 2017
    Innovative and Strategic Workshop Co-Facilitator

    TITLE: Strategy, Innovation and Design…Oh my!

    Congratulations! You’ve just been chosen to manage of one of your company’s key strategic initiatives for the upcoming year… the development of a new widget to replace your outdated thing-a-ma-bobber. Your tremendous success managing last year’s facility expansion project (on-time and pennies under budget!) has convinced the leadership team that you’re the right person for the job.

    To the outside observer, you appear confident and Zen-like … but just below the surface you’re wondering, “How should I approach this project? The traditional waterfall approach I took on that expansion project won’t work on a new development project…will it? Would an agile approach fit better with a strategic project like this? That would probably allow us to manage the unexpected a little better, but what about widget selection? How will we know we’re delivering what our internal and external customers need? I wonder if there’s a methodology that combines the benefits of agile with the ability to design a solution that meets the needs of our customers. It’s a good thing I’m going to the PMI Mega Event in April where I can attend that strategy and design thinking workshop and get the answers to my questions!”

    During this 3-hour co-facilitated workshop, strategy and innovation experts Brad Brezinski and Dr. Tom Merrill will explore the unique relationship between strategic project management and design thinking methodology and offer practical tools for navigating innovation and design projects.

    Tom Merrill is a professor and the Director of the Center for Innovation at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an Innovation Engineering black belt, a proud alumnus of the Stanford d.School design thinking boot camp, and is a facilitator for ExperiencePoint's Design Thinking and Change Management simulations.

    Internally, the Xavier University Center for Innovation (CFI) works with students, faculty and staff across the three colleges of the university to help bring new ideas to life, adapt to change, develop new products and systems, and serve as a conduit to the regional startup ecosystem.

    Externally, the CFI provides workshops in design thinking and change management to non-profits and businesses in the greater Cincinnati region. They also offer half-day workshops in empathy mapping, journey mapping, story telling, and offer a four-day Innovation Design certificate. 

    Register for the 2017 Mega Event!