Driving Digital Innovation through Experimentation

6 weeks total 3 – 5 hours each week
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Course Overview

Experimentation is a key capability for any business to develop and master. Learn how to leverage data to build knowledge and apply this knowledge to improve business outcomes and create strategic advantages.

This course is part of both the Digital Product Management and Digital Leadership MicroMasters® programs. In it, you will learn to develop iterative business experiments using agile methods. This capability is central to digital businesses as it allows them to sustain competitive advantage through both incremental improvements as well as significant, disruptive innovations when opportunities and conditions warrant them.

This course focuses on experimentation across the three layers of a digital business:

  1. the capacity of the technical infrastructure to provide an iterative and operational process that uses experiments to gather data and develop knowledge
  2. the ability to use agile methods and manage the knowledge interfaces among experts at the organizational layer to derive insight from data to create knowledge and ultimately drive improvements in products and processes.
  3. the capability to use the technical and organizational infrastructures to drive experimentation at scale in order to deliver digital transformation.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Use a business experimentation cycle to deliver desired business outcomes
  • Use operational processes, modular design and agile methods to develop iterative, Small-loop experiments that create continuous improvement
  • Use operational processes, modular design and agile methods to drive Small-loop experiments
  • Identify the need for, and manage the risks inherent in, Big-loop experiments, used to drive disruptive change
  • Manage the knowledge interfaces among the variety of experts involved in g Big-loop experiments
  • Manage your technical and organizational infrastructures to drive a capability for experimentation at scale

Prerequisites

In order to be successful in this course, you should already have a firm grasp of:

  • Familiarity with programming, and object-oriented design.
  • Experience with the construction and use of APIs and basic design patterns.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Paul R. Carlile

Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems at Boston University Paul is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and the Senior Associate Dean for Innovation at Boston University Questrom School of Business. He has also served as the Chair of the Information Systems Department. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, as well as a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, Paul helped start two technology companies.
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Ben Lubin

Assistant Professor in the Information Systems department at Boston University
Ben is an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems department of the Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is also the Director of the MS in Digital Innovation Program at Questrom. He holds a Bachelor's and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
1479

Experience Level

Advanced

Learning Partner

Boston University

Program Type

MicroMasters®

Subject

IT
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