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Robert Snyder
Innovation has had two decades of software-centric methodologies. Project success rates are not great. The employee experience is not great. What makes innovation difficult is not software, so this should be no surprise. What makes innovation difficult are people – how we interact, collaborate, and compete with each other. Therefore, a people-centric methodology is not revolutionary. It’s just overdue. The good news is that the habits are not mysterious or complicated. What defines and inspires the methodology is already familiar!
This session explains how small changes to three well-known references is the recipe for a people-centric methodology. These changes raise a team’s discipline and empathy, simplify messy project plans, and convert your organization’s communication traffic jams into a symphony.


  • How to improve on the RACI and structure a team into healthy rhythm of durable decisions
  • Thoughtful templates are small hinges that swing large doors (of culture)
  • How the performing arts give you a collaborative advantage


  • Re-imagine how to ease communication traffic jams
  • Raise confidence, value, self-esteem, and humility of employees and the organization
  • Make teamwork easier
Key Point
Organizations need to innovate how we innovate.


Robert Snyder is the founder and president of Innovation Elegance, LLC. Robert’s thirty-year career spans roles such as developer, project management, change management, sales enablement, and the performing arts. His career path includes corporate roles, consulting roles, startups, PMP, and Agile certifications. He has performed in numerous vocal, dance, and theater ensembles. Robert earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA in Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Robert published his first book early this year, “Innovation Elegance: Transcending Agile with Ruthlessness and Grace.” He expects to publish his second book in May, “Innovation Portfolio: Five Verbs Shape Your Team’s Legacy.”