Continuous improvement of innovation and R&D skills and processes.

IRDG is focused on promoting ongoing improvements in learning and development for people involved in the fields of innovation and R&D. Such learning opportunities occur through seminars, networking, peer to peer learning, in-company programmes, credited courses and interesting readings. The nature of IRDG membership means that there is a huge availability of knowledge and experience, where members are willing and interested in sharing experiences and helping others.

Continuing Professional Development can be achieved by a variety of different methods, for a range of different purposes. The lifetime learning journey continues well beyond the accrual of formal qualifications. CPD focuses on a range of structured learning activities including workshops, seminars, conferences and events, as well as many non-structured activities such as self-directed study.

IRDG will apply for accreditation for a variety of different events throughout the year. The CPD Certification Service will then make a judgement, reviewing the content, approach, learning opportunity etc. Once approved for CPD we are eligible to promote the event as such. Details of CPD will be included with the promotion of each event on the IRDG website.  Read more >>>

IRDG is pleased to regularly facilitate sharing of learning through our Innovation Practice Groups. These are site visits to member companies which have insightful stories to tell about their Innovation journey. Regardless of your company sector, or that of the company you are visiting, there is very valuable learning in these visits.  Past visits have included visits to members Microsoft, Medtronic, CRANN at Trinity, SAP, Keenan Systems, Alltech, Irish Distillers, Glen Dimplex, Wisetek, ding*, EirGen Pharma, TE Laboratories, Bord na Móna and Intel.

Dedicated groups put together within the membership where companies can collaborate and share ideas on topics such as R&D tax credits, grant application processes, innovation culture projects, intellectual property, research collaboration, design thinking, lean product development and anything else of interest.  These groups can vary in their duration depending upon their remit, and we are open to suggestions from members all the time.

LEAN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTIRDG Lean Product Development Launch
An approach to Product Development, using Lean Principles, to achieve efficiencies, reduce costs and improve speed to market.  It was developed by Ron Mascitelli, reknowned author and practitioner, based in the USA.  It features a common sense, practical, step-by-step methodology. Many companies in Ireland are already on the journey of implementing these techniques, following Ron’s very successful visits to Ireland in 2013 and 2014. This visit included the Lean Innovation Conference in Thomond Park in May 2014.  IRDG now holds the licence to roll out this material in Ireland and is available to help companies develop, implement, or build-on, their own in-house programme.  Funding support is available for qualifying companies from Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Offer under Lean Start, Lean-Plus and Lean Transform. IDA clients may also qualify for training support.  MORE INFO

This creative new approach to Innovation is being adopted by many leading companies both in Ireland and across the world.  IRDG is leading the way for industry in this area.  Our journey started with the 2014 Annual Conference on Design Thinking which was extremely well received.

IRDG has also launched an ongoing Design Thinking Masterclass which comprises of a 4-day programme over 4 months, where members bring a project and learn by doing throughout.  An unique feature of this Masterclass is the visits to host companies such as SAP, Medtronic, Logitech, Design Partners and Dell to learn how they are applying design thinking.

Jeanne Liedtka, world renowed author on this subject is a regular visitor to IRDG also and was the key note for our Design Thinking Conference in 2016 – www.designthinkingireland.ie

IRDG Design Thinking Conference 2014

Finally, read about “Where to focus your Improvement Efforts” which might provide some food for thought:  IRDG LEARNING WITH CHRIS KURJAN (.PDF 143 kb)

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