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Managing Project Innovation: Lessons from the Industrial Revolution [Online]

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In this course you will understand what innovation is and why often it does not exist in a project at any level. You will also examine not only the different types of innovation but how a project can be set up to act as a catalyst for innovation.

Innovation is not always associated with project management but projects are one-time opportunities and unique endeavours. Sometimes they may be the only time for organizations to innovate as the opportunity may simply not exist after the project. This course is unique as it examines how to take a proactive approach to incorporating innovation into projects.

Many project managers avoid innovation because it can create uncertainty and increase costs. They minimize the risks by relying on tried-and-tested techniques, established routines, and proven technologies. They select the lowest cost approach, transfer risks to contractors, freeze the design early, and stick rigidly to the plan.

This course is based on several case studies in project innovation from the First Industrial Revolution primarily the Transcontinental Railroad but also the Ironbridge, and Stockton Darlington Railway. These case studies have rarely been associated with innovation (and projects) and this is what makes this course so unique.

Finally, the course examines some of the organizational aspects that encourage innovation in projects like organizational values, culture, and practices. The course summarizes all this into a set of best practices that you can carry forward into your current projects and use to encourage and foster innovation.


The course highlights the importance of innovation and why it needs to be considered in projects, and how it needs to be carefully fostered to thrive. You will also see how it was used to create unique solutions that would resolve difficult problems, and how the resulting projects were transformational beyond the expectations of the stakeholders. The course follows the project event timelines to better understand the opportunities and decisions that led to innovation in both product and process, innovation and innovative approaches that were at the core of greatly needed solutions.


Project managers, project leaders, team leaders, managers, and general business professionals.


There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


Participants are encouraged to start the course by downloading and printing the Course Workbook.

This course is video based. Please ensure your computer has audio capabilities.

course info

Course ID: 2900
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 20 Hours

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$395 USD


PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 10 2 8
PgMP 10 2 8
PfMP 0 2 8
PMI-ACP 5 2 8
PMI-SP 0 2 8
PMI-RMP 2 2 8
PMI-PBA 2 2 8

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 20 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 3 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 20 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 20 Learning Credits