PMI-Central IL May 2022 Virtual Dinner Event--"Innovation Elegance" with Robert Snyder

Speaker Bio:

Robert Snyder, aims to make healthy change and innovation straightforward and inevitable. He is a 30-year veteran of Project Management and the Performing Arts. Building upon conventional methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile, he cross-pollinates the unforgiving nature of code with the forgiving nature of a high school play. Robert’s career includes consulting and corporate roles, PMP and Agile certifications, and countless performances in vocal, dance, and theater ensembles. Robert earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA in Strategy and Analytical Consulting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is currently writing his first book "Innovation Elegance: Transcending Agile with Ruthlessness and Grace", which is set for release Fall 2022.


Many believe that innovation has to be messy. There is even an acronym (VUCA) that lets you off the hook to be messy. A bit of cross-pollination can make your innovation elegant. Applying the metaphors of an asset portfolio, a generic factory, and the performing arts, you can bring discipline, empathy, ruthlessness, and grace to your innovation work. Although your innovation work isn’t literally a factory, you should manage it like one, because you care about the same things: speed, quality, waste, variability, ease, and more. Although your innovation work isn’t literally a theater company, you should manage it like one, because you care about the same things: the customer story, the actors, on-script, off-script, the pace of build and rehearsal, the integration of numerous moving parts, and Opening night (your go-live date)! These metaphors shape your culture, helping you combat the ambiguity in all the conversations about culture. These metaphors bring the right combination of discipline and empathy. Change Leaders need skills of rigor and grace. Messiness is lazy. With three simple metaphors, your organization can innovate with elegance.
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