Simplinnovate: Transitioning from Innovative Complexity to Simplification

Simplinnovate: Transitioning from Innovative Complexity to Simplification


Stefana Saxton, PMP

Business Innovation Strategist

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date

Pre-registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available. 

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Does innovation have to be complicated? No, innovation should be simple. Most companies take a complex problem and wrap a complex solution around it in an attempt to solve it. Such a response increases implementation time and creates a solution that requires rigorous maintenance to sustain.

Innovation is not about complexity rather innovation is about simplicity. For any business to not just survive but to thrive they must seek to implement the most simple solutions in the shortest amount of time. When applied correctly, the Simplinnovate Trinity Method can help move you from complex to simple. This session is all about engaging in both hands-on activities and developing a firm understanding of methods that enable you to make the complex problem simple and then how to identify the fastest ways to solve that problem simply.

Key Takeaways

1. Identify how to use collaborative leadership to facilitate organizational innovation goal alignment
2. Realize how problem simplification plays a significant role in simple innovation
3. Establish an understanding of how innovation actually occurs and how you can help it happen
4. Learn how to measure the gold and disregard the impurities
5. Implement the Simplinnovate Trinity Method to target the key factors for rapid innovation
6. Liberate your organization's ideation by removing the “innovation obsession”


Event Location

Sheraton Tysons Hotel
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, VA, 22182

Agenda and Cost:


5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Book Club Meeting
5:15 PM - Networking & Cash Bar (goes until 7:00 pm)
5:30 PM - PM Industry Insights (click the link to register) (goes until 6:20 pm)
7:00 PM - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:30 PM - Guest Speaker
8:30 PM - Adjourn

Special Instructions

Martha's Table

In keeping with PMIWDC’s mission, High Impact Community Leaders, we will be collecting Non-Perishable Food Donations for Martha’s Table, a local food bank, during this event. See here for additional information on acceptable donation items.

Bring a minimum of 5 pounds(~ 6 regular cans) and get a raffle ticket! 

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speakers

Stefana Saxton, PMP

Business Innovation Strategist

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Innovation Strategist for VMware where she works with clients to assess long term business goals and then strategically identify, prioritize and execute mission-critical business improvements and innovations that add value for VMware clients and business partners.

She has worked with clients in healthcare, finance, engineering, programs, operations, information technology, manufacturing, and development.

Prior to her current role, Saxton held leadership positions in energy & infrastructure (Black & Veatch) Department of Defense (Alliant Techsystems), aerospace (Ultrax Aerospace), Department of Energy (Honeywell FM&T), and telecommunications consulting (Akinnovate). She holds Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music, and a Master in Business Administration. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP).


About the Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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