Session One: 8 – 9:45 a.m.


Innovation through an Active Learning Approach to Value Creation - Gene Wright, MSOE

Developing a novel product, service, or process is not waiting for inspiration to strike or a customer to come forward and tell you what they need. It is a systematic process of using proven practices, tools, and skillsets to gain insights into the problem and the potential solution to deploy. It is a process that engages developers and innovators in “active learning.” Repeatable success results from using the building blocks of a specific approach to creating the value proposition.

Workshop Deliverables:

  • How and Why to Develop a Risk-mitigated Value Proposition
  • A Framework for Systematic Innovation Success
  • An understanding of an “Active Learning” Approach to Innovation
  • How and Why to Use a Value Creation Forum
  • Examples of a Portfolio of Real-World Successes from Active Learning Approach

Adventures in Engineering Ethics – Dr. Andrew McAninch, MSOE

Introduces students to some of the central issues in engineering ethics through a critical discussion of timely case studies. Topics and cases may include

  • ethical issues in construction,
  • development, and their social and environmental impact
  • ethical issues in defense contracting and arms manufacturing
  • ethical issues in tech and big data
  • ethical issues in AI and autonomous technology (e.g., replacement of human labor, ethics of driverless cars)

Participants will explore these topics and cases interactively, studying both their theoretical context and practical implications. The goal of the course is to engage participants in continued reflection on key issues in engineering ethics and to encourage them to apply the guiding ethical principles that emerge to their own fields.

Session Two: 10 – 11:45 a.m.


Getting (Business) Ready for Artificial Intelligence (Technology – Gene Wright, MSOE

“Companies that don’t use AI will soon be obsolete.” Business leaders have heard these words and turn to technical leaders for answers regarding AI. What is AI, and what can and should a firm use AI to do? Many leaders question how to start AI initiatives to survive and thrive in a world flooded with AI rhetoric. This workshop is for technical professionals who will assist business leaders solve these problems before deploying AI Technology. We will look at AI from the perspective of the business leaders to make way for the machine intelligence revolution.

Workshop Deliverables:

  • An Artificial Intelligence Roadmap
  • The Numbers: AI Firms: 2X Success Rate and 3X Return over non-AI Firms
  • 10X Improvement NOT 10% Improvement
  • Target Technology Leadership and Business Leader (C-Suite) Alignment
  • Plug and Play -- AI1 or AI2 or AI3?
  • What is the Business Case? $13 Trillion?

Bridging the gaps (age, technology, international, life skills) – Latasha Langdon, MSOE

 Generation gaps are increasing and becoming more common in all companies, industries and everyday life. The more individuals work to acknowledge and do the work to bridge these gaps the more successful, productive and fulfilled we can become. Have you desired a safe space to ask questions, discussions and share tips with like-minded individuals? In this session participants will engage in interactive activities and discussion on how we can bridge the gap with age, technology/community, International/culture and life skills/job skills.

Outcomes:

  • Expanded knowledge of tools and techniques you can use to bridge the gaps with age, technology culture and shared experiences for everyone’s growth.
  • Better understanding of how the power of listening, observations and small acts to open doors that bridge the gaps.
  • How to use what you have to improve you and others.
  • How to use technology and this virtual time to bridge gaps.

Participants will explore these topics and cases interactively, studying both their theoretical context and practical implications. The goal of the course is to engage participants in continued reflection on key issues in engineering ethics and to encourage them to apply the guiding ethical principles that emerge to their own fields.

12:00 – 12:50 PM


  • Lunch break

Session Three: 1 – 2:45 p.m.


SCRUM in action (using SCRUM for professional & personal success) – Latasha Langdon, MSOE

This interactive session will discuss the Agile Frameworks of SCRUM and Kanban with a primary focus on SCRUM. Participant will gain tips or how to use SCRUM in the workplace as well as how to use SCRUM principles in your daily life to set and meet goals and holding yourself and others accountable. In this session participants will engage in activities that allow them to apply SCRUM and gain a better understanding on how it works.

Outcomes:

  • Learn difference between SCRUM and Kanban.
  • Learn difference between Project Manager and Scrum Master role.
  • Learn SCRUM Ceremonies and their use.
  • Learns roles of SCRUM.
  • How to use SCRUM to set and meet personal goals.

Improving Your Team's Problem-Solving Skills – Kiesha Johnnies, MSOE  

While it might seem like some people are just born with more vital problem-solving skills, there are strategies that anyone can use to improve them. Set your team up for success by attending this training and providing them with actionable steps to solve varying problems.

Outcomes:

  • Knowledge to immediately implement with your next problem
  • Increase awareness of problem-solving strategies and understanding tactics for immediate implementation.

Building an Effective Workplace Culture – Kyle Buerger, MSOE

Many elements contribute to creating and sustaining a strong workplace culture. This workshop covers those key elements in detail while helping participants strengthen their ability to positively impact and influence the culture of their organization.

Session Four: 3 – 4:45 p.m.


Pressing Through to Productivity – Kiesha Johnnies, MSOE

Given the speed at which work is changing, expectations continue to increase for how much gets produced, and how quickly. You'll walk away with several steps to implement or share with your team to:

  • Increase awareness of productivity skills
  • Tactics for immediate implementation

Keys to Effective Leadership – Kyle Buerger, MSOE

Effective leaders don’t just happen by chance, there are several essential skills that are important for individuals to develop in order to reach their full leadership potential. Participants will explore tactics and techniques for effective leadership, understand the difference between managing and leading and commit to how they will continue to grow as a leader.