Seeing Accenture innovation in action at The Dock
August 15, 2019
Accenture celebrates the innovation, passion and excellence of its people through our very own Greater Than Awards (GTA). This year, through hard work and the support of our client, we won for the work that we did for Singapore Changi Airport.
To celebrate our victory, five of us from the project team were invited to join the Accenture Innovation Week held at The Dock, our flagship innovation hub in Dublin, Ireland. The Dock is home to more than 450 innovators, designers, developers and subject-matter experts. It’s a world-leading connected building with more than 10,000 sensors that intuitively control movement, UV rays, temperature, light, carbon dioxide levels and power usage.
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The week was full of powerful learnings and amazing experiences.
Our journey began with a tour spearheaded by The Dock’s Director Ryan Shanks. We witnessed and experienced some of the latest thinking and innovations being done by our colleagues, including a different take on the Future Home, where we put the human first rather than focusing on the technology and products.
We interacted with Accenture innovators from around the world, learning about their exciting work and understanding their methods. I’m always fascinated by the depth, breadth and scale of work that Accenture does. Even if I’ve already been with the company for more than 10 years, it still excites me!
We also got the chance to share our own experience, sharing some of the learnings that helped shape our journey.
We participated in a number of workshops, where we learned about the latest methodologies that can help us drive value for our clients. One of the topics shared, the Consequencing Framework, helps us uncover the extended consequences of our decisions and identify hidden value. We learned that it’s increasingly important for leaders to understand not just the direct outcome, but also the indirect consequences of their decisions or products, which may have an impact on other people or the society.
Another highlight of the week was getting the opportunity to engage with Accenture leadership, including Chief of Staff and GTA Global Sponsor Laurence Morvan, Chief Strategy Officer Gene Reznik and Chief Technology & Innovation Officer Paul Daugherty. It was a truly invaluable experience, where we gained new insights and received advice from the people who are shaping Accenture’s future.
Albert Einstein once said that “play is the highest form of research.” Apart from spending time at The Dock, we truly had fun exploring Dublin and learning the history of the town. We spent an evening at the Guinness Stonehouse, where we got a private tour and had a wonderful Irish dinner.
Overall, we had an incredible experience! It was definitely a proud moment for all of us to represent Singapore and ASEAN in this global event. I’m glad and honored to be part of an organization that inspires and rewards people for being relentlessly curious, innovative and focused on how to be greater than.
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