Utilizing An Innovation Lab For Project Delivery

August 18, 2020
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Heartland Chapter IIBA via Zoom


Two very common challenges in the project world:

1. A struggle to get the needed face time and input from project stakeholders and subject matter experts

2. Project work being about implementing a predetermined thing instead of taking some time to innovate toward the best possible solution. 

Boston Mutual has created an Innovation Lab and an agile approach in order help improve on both of these common challenges.  This engagement will be an introduction to the Innovation Lab concept, a review of lessons learned (both failure and successes!) from thier implementation, but mostly some recommendations and next steps that can you can use to implement something similar within your own organization.

Presented by Andrew Sherwood

Andrew currently serves as the Director-Innovation Lab with Boston Mutual Life Insurance as well as the Director-MBA with Midland University.  He has presented at many industry events, including; Project Management Institute-Global Conference, Project Management Institute-Heartland Chapter Monthly Meetings and Professional Development Day, IIBA Heartland Chapter Annual Conference, and agileLNK.

In his role at Midland University, he is responsible for all academic oversight for the program as well as serving as a professor for classes on Project Management, Consulting, Business Process Methodologies, and Project Management Certifications.  At Boston Mutual, Andrew's role is to build out, implement, and lead the company's Innovation Lab.

Prior to working with Boston Mutual, Andrew worked with Mutual of Omaha as a servant leader to a large software development team that produces software to support the administration of Mutual of Omaha’s diverse product line-up.  Andrew has also worked with Lincoln Financial Group as an internal consultant, Fidelity and Guaranty Life as a functional manager, and as an adjunct professor with Peru State College and Southern New Hampshire University.  He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master degree in Organizational Management from Peru State College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Creighton University.

Andrew lives in Omaha Nebraska with his wife Kelsy, and his children, Micah and Lucy.


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