EXE 4050V Leading Change to Drive Innovative Culture

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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.
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Target Attendees
  • DoD practitioners with five (5) years of experience in their Functional Area
  • Defense Industry
  • Non-traditional small and medium businesses
  • All set-aside businesses
Required: None
See "Notes" section below for certification prerequisite requirements.
Predecessor Course(s)
Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Expires On
None None None None
Course Length
32 hours over the course of 5 days
Additional Course Information
Delivery Mode Virtual Instructor Led Training
Equivalent Courses N/A
ACE Recommended Credits None
PDS Code Z3I
Walk-ins Authorized Yes
Pre-work required Yes [approx. 2 hour(s)]
First Offering 7/13/2020
Continuing Education Units   3.2
Continuous Learning Points  32
Reservist Retirement Points  0
Historical Allocations Mouse Over for Past CEU/CLPs
Fulfillment Eligible N/A
Technical Requirements Click Here
Other Prerequisite Requirements: Previously coded DAWIA Level III (Legacy) in any functional area OR one (or more) of the following prior to attending this course:
  • BUS-CE: Advanced
  • BUS-FM: Practitioner or Advanced with at least 15 years of experience
  • ETM: Practitioner
  • LCL: Advanced
  • T&E: Practitioner with at least 15 years of experience
  • CON: DoD Contracting Professional with at least 15 years of experience
  • PM: Practitioner with 4 or more years of PM experience, and/or on path for Advanced
  • Industry Participants must be Senior Program Managers, Senior Professionals with 15-20 years of experience
  • Requirements: Level C
Additional Notes:
  • EXE 4050V is designed as a cross-functional learning experience with seasoned acquisition professionals.
  • This course is focused on the practitioners with four (4) years or more as specified by the Functional Area Leader.
  • Offerings of this course are conducted virtually. VILT learning is from 0945 to 1630 hours eastern time.
  • Check-in on Day 1 is at 0900 eastern time to ensure connectivity with MS Teams is working properly.
  • Virtual walk-ins may join at 0930 as capacity allows. Please contact the course manager, Terrence Howard at, 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, Emily Sebesky at
  • This course is a virtual offering and requires you to participate in multiple small group exercises with a large group brief out.
  • 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 a week before the course starts. Further information will be provided in the Welcome Letter.
  • The course is subject to cancellation if we do not have a minimum of 16 learners scheduled for enrollment.
  • EXE-4050V has no prerequisite course requirement and open to all practitioners.
  • 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).

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