Fortum’s Boot Camp programme is special in the sense that all employees can participate, regardless of their job, educational background or physical location. A diverse group of participants generates creative ideas, bringing together experts in various fields. The day-to-day work of most participants is not related to the development of new products and services, which poses challenges for the coaching.
Solita designed and implemented a seven-week Boot Camp training programme, which brought the participants together once a week. As limited time was available and there was much to do, we wanted to avoid theory and focus on learning by doing. The methods needed to be simple, clear and effective.
Each week had a theme, with exercises related to the theme, and new methods that supported the work were introduced. The purpose was to provide the participants with a structured approach to navigating the chaos of innovation and to put ideas quickly into practice and prove their value through experiments.
The participants were coached using lean, start-up and service design tools, without them needing to learn copious amounts of background information about the methods or tools. They were provided with weekly coaching and feedback to promote their ideas. The coaching introduced them to the hectic world of innovation, where they were quickly able to crystallise their ideas, carry out experiments with real customers and undertake market potential and competition analyses.
Mikko kept saying that we should just trust the process because it has worked before. And it really worked! The templates enabled us to rapidly take various perspectives into account and select a few for further development. – A participant on the final day of the Boot Camp training programme
This was fun. I learned that I have the ability to develop an idea, even a mediocre one, into a functional concept. And over a short period of time, if necessary. – A participant on the final day of the Boot Camp training programme
“Acquiring a skill requires repetition, but many of the participants in the Boot Camp training programme only do this once. Solita’s excellent tools and methods enable even first-timers to automatically focus on what is essential and to eliminate what is unnecessary – without any need for lengthy explanations”, says Marianne Tikkanen, Manager of innovations and patents, Fortum