2016-2017 Customer Innovation Workshop
Microsoft is offering to select customers, a free innovation workshop delivered by its Technical Evangelists. The objective of this workshop is to define several recommendations and prototype the implementation of the technical changes agreed between you and Microsoft. The primary goal of the workshop is to address and solve technical and business pain points, that can be implemented throughout your organization. The secondary goal of the engagement involves prototyping and enabling fast solution development, while generating brand recognition in your industry as an innovator.
The workshop will deliver most of its value in a two phased approach. During the first phase your teams will partner with Microsoft experts to create a value stream map of the chosen technologies. In the second phase, the teams will collaborate to experiment and prototypically implement selected changes aligned with the chosen technologies.
Value Stream Map (between 1 and 2 days):
This exercise will help create a map of the current process flow currently involved in the software delivery cycle of a particular application or solution. This exercise will cover topics such as activities performed, who delivers said activities, what is the yield (amount of rework needed on each step), the tools that are used, as well as an assessment of the duration of each step involved.
The work done during that step provides a baseline from which to identify the common pain points that need to be addressed and solved.
Innovation Workshop (3 to 5 days total):
The workshop is a multi-day event following the Value Stream Map work. During this engagement, the teams will gather to prototype, code and implement selected improvements identified during the Value Stream Map phase.
At the end of the workshop, teams will have a good understanding on how to continue to further improve learned practices or apply new ones.
Benefits and results
Benefits may vary and are dependent on the scope of the prototypical work as well as the practices implemented. Benefits include:
- Better collaboration between the different teams of your organization.
- Proliferate best practices implementation throughout their organization.
- Prototyping and enablement of fast solution development
- Brand recognition in industry as an innovator.
The work on the Value Stream map as well as the Solutions Workshop are free of charge for participating organizations. Microsoft will ask you for your permission to capture any insights in the form of technical learnings and/or any technical artifacts that participants agree to share with the public domain.
For further information or organizing a Solutions Workshop, do not hesitate to contact us.