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White graduation cap icon EXE 4050V  Leading Change to Drive Innovative Culture

Leading Change to Drive Innovative Culture

Key Outcomes: This Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) is designed to inspire learners and teams to think outside of the box and realize their own ability to be innovative.

  • The course is designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery with focused attention on practicing innovational techniques to address real world problems through simulation exercises.
  • Enter the course with your team’s wicked-hard-challenge and develop a breakthrough idea through peer-to-peer dialogue, simulation exercises and instructor-led training using intersectional thinking.
  • Depart the course with a breakthrough idea for your team and expanded knowledge on innovational thinking for other challenges in your organization.
  • Immerse yourself into several simulations and explore radically different thinking in pursuit of new breakthrough ideas for your team and program.
  • Work in a peer-to-peer learning environment and grow through the art of team collaboration.

Impact : DoD has a rich history investing in breakthrough innovation that has changed our lives. Aviator sunglasses were developed in the 1930s to protect pilot eyes while flying. The development of Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) technology became the foundation for the Internet. And the walkie-talkie was initially developed for infantry use and later spread into civilian life and public service. To retain our competitive edge in technology and new processes we must understand and evolve our capabilities with new and innovative thinking to meet the future force demand to outpace any threat to our national security.

  • Discuss and practice real world innovative thinking techniques through simulations and exercises to solve challenging problems. This course is considered 80% hands-on and 20% lesson content.
  • Foster a flexible and adaptable organizational culture where new technologies, practices and processes are embraced by all practitioners across all functional areas.
  • Return to the workplace with unorthodox tools, knowledge and ‘know how’ that builds upon relationships to close the gap between technology and processes that will matter for DoD to retain their competitive edge around the world.
  • Develop intentional methods to foster creativity within your workforce while balancing disciplined creativity with individual skills and abilities.

This course requires you to roll up your sleeves and experience first-hand innovation techniques to develop new breakthrough innovations. You will work with a team of peers from various functional areas using the small group concept. Our faculty team will present three lessons designed to enhance your awareness and understanding of potential challenges to innovative thinking. Additionally, the course will include an Apex Exercise designed to take your team’s wicked-hard-challenge and apply the techniques learned from the simulations.


See the Notes section of this course's concept card for recommended prerequisite notes.



<li>DoD practitioners with five (5) years of experience in their Functional Area
<li>Non-DoD government personnel in the acquisition profession
<li>Defense Industry
<li>Non-traditional small and medium businesses
<li>All set-aside small businesses


Recommended Prerequisite Notes:
  • EXE 4050V is designed as a cross-functional learning experience with seasoned acquisition professionals.
  • Industry participants should be seasoned professionals in their functional field.
Additional Information:
  • This course is focused on the practitioners with 5 years or more as specified by the Functional Area Leader. Offerings of this course are conducted virtually. VILT learning is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern time.
  • Peer-to-peer or group learning time is scheduled from 8:00 am to 9:00 am Eastern time each morning.
  • Virtual walk-ins may join at 9:00am as capacity allows. Please contact the course manager, Terrence Howard at [email protected], to express your interest as a virtual walk-in on or before 0900 eastern time on the day of the course. Further instructions will be provided via email. Please cc our producer: Sage Pritchett at [email protected].
  • This course is an instructor led virtual offering and requires you to participate in multiple simulations and exercises. Learners will also participate in varying out briefs as prescribed in the learner's Innovator Enchiridion.
  • You are required to access an Okta-provisioned DAU account. The actual class will be conducted using DAU's MS Teams for Education. We will provide detailed instructions approximately 2-weeks before class starts.
  • Learners must also complete DAU's Connectivity and Orientation Session prior to the Course Manager's Welcome Session. This usually occurs two weeks before the course starts. Further information will be provided in your Course Manager's Welcome Letter.
  • The course is subject to cancellation if we do not have a minimum of 16 learners registered for the course. EXE-4050V has no prerequisite course requirements and is open to all practitioners.
  • Please remember that all times are based on Eastern time.
  • DAU does not reimburse learners for equipment, devices, or other internet services.
  • The CLPs assigned to this learning activity may be used to meet professional certification and/or licensure requirements (PDUs/CPE credits).