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Expanding Horizons: Harnessing Innovation from India

Audio Session: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1:00pm

Is it possible to source complete designs or "whole products" from India? What are the opportunities for collaboration with Indian universities and companies? Does an India team help or hinder innovation?

Lean Development

Webinar: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 12:00am

Mary Poppendieck, author of Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit and Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash, and a leading authority on Lean Principles, is hosting an audio session that will compare and contrast Lean Software Development with Lean Product Development.


Audio Session: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 1:00pm

Professor Ancona will present a new model of teams, the X-team, that illustrates how teams can become engines of innovation and execution. Challenging the dominant wisdom that successful teams focus on internal dynamics, Ancona builds on twenty years of research to show that when teams teams make external activity a top priority performance takes off. She will draw on examples from BP, Microsoft, Newscorp, and HP.

Open Innovation Networks

Audio Session: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:00pm

Please join our exclusive 90-minute audio-session (60 minute presentation plus 30 minutes for Q&A) as respected expert, Mike Docherty, provides an introduction and framework for creating and managing your company’s networks of external innovators. This presentation provides practical advice and case studies of successful open innovation networks in action and a straight forward approach to planning, structuring and managing external innovation partnerships to drive internal growth.

Using Patent Analytics to Uncover and Assess Technology Innovation Opportunities – Before Your Competitors!

Audio Session: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 1:00pm

In today’s global economy, Intellectual Property (IP) – including patents and know-how – may be a company’s most valuable asset. To best leverage this asset, leading firms are using a new and powerful tool called Patent Analytics to assess the competitive technology landscape and make strategic decisions about what technologies to invest in, when (and with whom) to partner or license, and which markets to pursue.

Research & Development in India

Audio Session: Thursday, March 6, 2008 1:00pm

India represents huge opportunities for Western firms with its large talent pool, increasing innovation capability and rapidly expanding economy. Developing and implementing a successful R&D program in India requires an accurate and pragmatic understanding of both the risks and rewards.

Managing Customer Requirements in Volatile Environments

Audio Session: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 1:00pm

In this audio session, Preston Smith will guide you through the techniques of Flexible Development that allow developers to respond to new information, thus delivering fresher products to customers.

Green Product Design

Audio Session: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 1:00pm

In this audiosession John Bradford, VP Research and Development, InterfaceFLOR Commercial will share the lessons learned from his in-depth experience with the multi-functional aspects of green product and process development.

Assessing Technology Readiness and Maturity

Audio Session: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:00pm

Emerging technology-based projects are often plagued by cost overruns, schedule delays and performance problems. In most of these cases, technology maturity analysis hasn’t been properly conducted, and immature technologies are inserted into products and systems. In this slide presentation, Has Patel discussed current technology due diligence processes and their pitfalls and presented NASA’s developed technology maturity matrix, called Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), now widely accepted by the Department of Defense. Patel also presented a technology maturity matrix which extends the TRLs, by incorporating technology life cycles, such as the technology hype and technology adoption. Finally, the presentation also included a methodology that allows an organization to select, insert and integrate emerging technologies throughout the lifecycle of a project. (36 pages)

A Capacity-Based Governance Method for Improving Engineering Performance

Audio Session: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 1:00pm

In this audio session, Ross Seider, a senior partner of On-Fire Associates describes a visual, spreadsheet-based model for capacity governance that looks at capacity planning from the standpoint of the complete project portfolio. This capacity management process creates a visualization that allows participants to prioritize activities, allocate resources, and evaluate shifting resources. Eventually, the participants in this process agree on the drawing of two horizontal lines on the visual model that distinguish between high priority projects, which are likely to be fully funded, a second level of partially-funded projects, and projects that will not be given resources during the planning horizon. This process is owned by engineering and product management; it encourages participation from all other groups in the development chain and from other stakeholders; it runs periodically; it is very efficient in terms of management time sinceit is performedmultiple times per year; it is a distributed process that expects subject matter experts to make 80 percentof the decisions and focuses senior management on the boundary conditions where there are conflicts. Finally, it is a zero-based activity – each project must re-certify its importance to the company relative to all other projects and potential projects at every iteration. (10 pages)

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