Bootcamp is a program within our Collaboration Portfolio offered to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that educates and empowers participants to solve pressing problems within their organization.

Offered to a cohort of 30 participants, Bootcamp is organized around a command-sponsored problem in which participants propose solutions to address the challenge area. NSIN delivers the course in partnership with a teaching team from the University of California-Berkeley.

Methods-Driven Learning Meets Real-World Problem Solving

Bootcamp is a 4-day course in which learners are introduced to methods for innovation in the context of real-world problems facing their command. The course uses human-centered design (HCD) for problem-framing and problem-solving, as well as Lean LaunchPad for hypothesis development and hypothesis testing. Combining these methods allows commanders to capitalize on the talent in their organization and receive an initial framework of how a solution might be viable outside the classroom. Participants use framework tools like the Mission Model Canvas (MMC) and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to capture and present their ideas.

At the end of the course, project teams pitch potential solutions to the command-level problem sponsor. The commander can act on the momentum and ideas generated by the Bootcamp with the NSIN representative at the pitch event. NSIN offers programming to assist with collaboration and move ideas generated from Bootcamps into actionable outcomes that reach the service member.

Bringing Innovation to the DoD Workforce

As a Collaboration Portfolio program, Bootcamp has trained over 200 service members in advanced problem framing and hypothesis testing. This training serves not only to find solutions to the command sponsor’s problem area but to provide the skills necessary to solve future problems within the participant’s organization.

NSIN has conducted Bootcamps for:

  • US Pacific Fleet
  • US Marine Corps Installations & Logistics Community
  • US Air Force Air University
  • US Air Force 70th ISR Wing
  • US Air Force 4th Fighter Wing
  • US Marine Corps 2nd Marine Logistics Group
  • US Air Force 566th Intelligence Squadron
  • US Air Force 673rd Air Base Wing
  • US Air Force 20th Fighter Wing
  • Hanscom Contracting Office @ Hanscom Air Force Base
  • National Air & Space Intelligence Center

For potential DOD customers, please contact your NSIN Regional Director or email to discuss requirements for hosting Bootcamp.