Tracy Owens is a business transformation leader who has driven his employers and client organizations to achieve near-term objectives and better long-term results through innovation and quality management. As an ASQ-Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, he has strengthened operational capability and process improvement expertise among all the teams he has supported since 1998. His book Six Sigma Green Belt, Round 2 was published by Quality Press in 2011 and serves as a guide for successful improvement project execution. As a founding member of ASQ’s Innovation Division, Tracy has promoted a growing body of knowledge on innovation management and brought his audiences a strong message about innovation as a process and not just a creative spark. He is co-author of The Executive Guide to Innovation, which was published in 2013. Tracy was elected to the 2016 class of ASQ Fellows.
The Fastest Speedboat
In the 2006 book Innovation Games, author Luke Hohmann introduced a dozen useful idea generation and problem resolution activities that can be used for market research and product development. One of these games that we have enjoyed using is Speedboat, and we have adapted it for additional utility… for more speed, you might say. Our version of Speedboat comprises elements of four additional trusted quality tools: Fishbone, Affinity Diagram, Force Field Analysis, and Interrelationship Diagram. Practice the deployment of this expanded Speedboat game in our workshop, and then take it back to your organization to accelerate idea generation and give the project team a head start toward success.