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13th Annual Product Development and R&D Metrics Conference

Achieving Higher Returns on Innovation Investments with Aligned Strategies and Metrics

Date: October 19 - 21, 2009

Location: Orlando, FL

Early Bird Discount!  Register by July 15, 2009 and SAVE $500

Why this conference is important – metrics to ensure that your innovation efforts yield more value


R&D investments continue to be under more scrutiny as sluggish economic conditions stall and the pressure to do more with less persists across multiple industries. How can you ensure that your R&D dollars are being spent wisely? If your company is like most, innovation is likely a top priority but few metrics are in place to effectively measure its payback. According to a 2008 Boston Consulting Survey*, only 35% of executives are satisfied with their company's current innovation measurement practices. In addition, most companies surveyed use five or fewer metrics to track their innovation efforts. Finding the right metrics to effectively monitor and measure innovation effectiveness and new product development performance is critical; failure to select and implement the right measures can mean missed opportunities, misallocated resources and poor decision-making.

That’s why this issue is the main theme of Management Roundtable’s 13th Annual Conference, Product Development Metrics: Achieving Higher Returns on Innovation Investments with Aligned Strategies and Metrics, to be held October 19 – 21, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. This highly acclaimed annual event will bring together top innovation and product development metrics thought leaders and advanced industry practitioners to discuss the current trends and latest thinking on what key measures should be included in your company’s metrics dashboard to accurately assess the impact of innovation and product development on growth and profitability.

*Measuring Innovation Survey 2008, Squandered Opportunities, Boston Consulting Group.


By participating, you will learn:

  • How to close the R&D information gap by applying the concept of “information turns” in your R&D environment
  • What “heads-up design” metrics are, how to gain significant value from them and what impact they can have on changing the way portfolio and design decisions are made
  • What high performing innovators are doing differently than average or ‘poor performers’ with their innovation metrics and how it impacts the bottom line
  • Key metrics to accelerate innovation, drive execution and maximize return on R&D investments
  • About Georgia Tech Research Institute’s system’s methodology to assess and manage innovation – specific methods for attaching value to emerging technologies and R&D activities
  • DuPont’s approach of using market-based metrics coupled with methodologies to accelerate execution, provide adaptability and successful innovation for high risk/reward investments
  • How to identify metrics for short, medium and long term innovation
  • About the mix of internal and external metrics used at 3M to balance disciplined cost cutting with the right level of reinvestment in R&D
  • What the Kennametal Value Business System (KVBS) - a set of six processes, associated tools, and metrics used throughout the company to manage strategic planning, portfolio management, lean, talent development, customer excellence, and new product development.
  • How reinforcing the linkage of metrics both top-down and across the organization can help foster a performance driven culture and challenge greater accountability of project teams
  • About Millipore’s current metrics system and their approach to developing clear decision making linkages between their stage-gate process, project, and portfolio reviews, as well as the importance of embedding these into company culture.
  • How Amway approached its implementation of profitability, consumer focus, open innovation and human capital development metrics.
  • What efforts GSK Consumer Healthcare Research and Development took to establish an appropriate balance between internal and external R&D efforts – role of metrics in helping to find the right balance
  • How the effective use of metrics can help your company become more efficient at prioritizing both internal and external innovation initiatives and help you reap more value from your partnering efforts
  • How metrics can drive the innovation process and minimize conflicts in partnering activities

Special Features

Streamlined Schedule: The conference agenda has been specifically designed to provide robust learning and networking opportunities in a compact agenda to minimize your time out of the office.

Cutting-Edge Keynote Presenters: Hear what top experts and advanced practitioners in product development and innovation have to say about increasing ROI on innovation and R&D activities and what to expect in the future.

Executive Session on Metrics for Measuring Advanced Development Activities
If you’re struggling to find the right method to measure advanced development activities and want to hear the latest cutting edge thinking, reserve your seat early for this special session with renowned product development and R&D expert, Bradford L. Goldense, President, GGI.

Pre-Conference Tutorials: Take full advantage of your time at the conference and register for one of two pre-conference tutorials. The sessions are limited to just 35 participants and are included in the cost of your registration. Filled on a first-come, first served basis – register early to ensure your seat at the table! See page X for more details.

A. Advanced Topics: Knowledge Turn Metrics; Design for Gross Margin
B. Using the Four Panel Approach for your R&D Scorecard

Metrics Panel Session – Bring your toughest metrics questions to the table and find out how leading practitioners and top experts would address your metrics identification and implementation challenges. Learn what metrics they would recommend (and why) to measure return on R&D and innovation investments.

Content Application Sessions – Participate in small, facilitated group discussion forums to analyze conference take-aways, select key metrics for your company, determine what resources will be needed to successfully implement innovation and R&D metrics in your organization. And more importantly, you’ll build a network of like-minded practitioners that you can connect with on an ongoing basis to build on your knowledge of innovation metrics and current trends in measuring R&D effectiveness and NPD performance.

Special Team Discounts: Teams of 3 or more may deduct $100 per person from the conference fee. For teams of 6+, please call 781-891-8080 or 800-338-2223.

Keynote Presenters:

John Ranieri
VP & General Manager
DuPont Applied BioSciences

Dr. Gregg Zank
Corporate Vice President & CTO, Executive Director of Science & Technology
Dow Corning

Tom McDermott
Deputy Director & Director of Research
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Dr. Christopher Musso
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company

Case Study Presenters:

George Coulston

Peter Fritz
Manufacturing Manager

Patrice Gausselin
Sr. Research Scientist, Product Development R&D
Amway Global

Greg Grashoff
Director, Strategic Global Resourcing

Susan Mount
Director of Project Management
Millipore Corporation

John Tao
Vice President, Open Innovation

Executive Session Leader:

Bradford L. Goldense
Goldense Group, Inc.

Tutorial Instructors:

Wayne Mackey
Product Development Consulting, Inc.

Brian Krichbaum
Process Coaching, Inc.


Monday, October 19

7:30am -5:00pm Registration

Pre Conference Tutorials

A. Advanced Topics: Knowledge Turn Metrics; Design for Gross Marking, Wayne Mackey, Product Development Consulting, Inc.

B. Using the Four Panel Approach for your R&D Scorecard, Brian Krichbaum, Process Coaching, Inc.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Luncheon and Conference Registration
1:00pm -1:30pm Welcoming Remarks and Conference Overview

Key Metrics to Accelerate Innovation, Drive Execution and Maximize Return on R&D Investments

1:30 -2:45pm Keynote Address: Transforming R&D To Deliver Innovation the Marketplace Values, John Ranieri, Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Applied BioSciences
2:45 -4:00pm Keynote Address: Metrics that Matter--What Global High Performing Innovators are Measuring and Why, Dr. Christopher Musso, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Co.
4:00-4:15pm Refreshment Break
4:15-5:15pm Content Application Session - Identifying and Prioritizing Your Metrics Challenges
5:15-5:30pm  Day One Key Take-Aways
5:30-7:00pm  Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 20

 7:00-8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15am Day Two Overview 
8:15-9:30am Keynote Address: Innovation Metrics: Striking a Balance between Dashboards and Leadership, Dr. Gregg Zank, Corporate Vice President, CTO, Executive Director of Science and Technology, Dow Corning

Implementing Linked Metrics to Align Resources and Drive Innovation

9:30-10:15am Case Presentation: Driving Business and Customer Value through Aligned Strategies & Metrics, George W. Coulston, Vice President, Global RD&E, Kennametal, Inc.
10:15-10:30am Refreshment Break
10:30-11:15am Case Presentation: Reigniting the Innovation Engine: A 3M Story, Peter Fritz, Manufacturing Manager, 3M
11:15-12:15pm Content Application Session - Identifying and Prioritizing Your Metrics Challenges 
12:15-1:30pm Luncheon Roundtables 
1:30-2:15pm Case Presentation: Streamlining Innovation Management for Effective Execution Using "Cross-Lay" Metrics-Based Systems, Susan M. Mount, PMP, Director of Project Management, Bioprocess Division, Millipore Corporation
2:15-3:30pm Case Presentation: Fostering Joint Accountability with Aligned Objectives and Linked Metrics, Patrice Gausselin, Sr. Research Scientist, Product Development R&D, Amway Global
1:30-3:30pm Special Executive Session - Limited to 25 Participants
Metrics for Advanced Development Innovation Processes, Bradford L. Goldense, Presdent, GGI
3:30-3:45pm Refreshment Break
3:45-5:00pm Panel Session: How do you measure X?

Panelists: Gregg Zank, John Tao, Bradford L. Goldense and Tom McDermott
Moderator: Wayne Mackey, Product Development Consulting, Inc.

5:00-5:15pm Closing Remarks

Wednesday, October 21

7:00-8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15am Opening Remarks

Effective Metrics for Managing, Monitoring and Assessing Open Innovation Efforts

8:15-9:15am Keynote Address: Tom McDermott, Deputy Director, Director of Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute
9:15-9:45 Session Introduction: Evaluating Your Partnering and Open Innovation Initiatives, Jo Mohr, Principal, Venture2
9:45-10:00am Refreshment Break
10:00-10:45am Case Presentation: Keeping a Scorecard on your Partner: Measure What You Want to Achieve, John Tao, Vice President, Open Innovation, Weyerhaeuser
10:45-11:30am Case Presentation: Metrics for Managing External R&D Efforts - Ensuring Infinite R&D Capacity & Capability, Greg Grashoff, Director, Strategic Global Resourcing, GlaxoSmithKline
11:30-12:00pm Content Application Session - How do you inspire others to take action - creating your metrics buy-in speech
12:00pm Conference Adjourns


Who Should Attend

This conference is highly recommended for anyone charged with boosting innovation and return on R&D investment. It will be especially valuable to VPs, Directors and Managers of:

  • Product Development
  • R&D
  • Technology Development
  • Process Improvement
  • Advanced Concept Development
  • Innovation
  • Open Innovation
  • New Business Development
  • Strategy
  • Finance

To jumpstart implementation and facilitate organizational alignment, it is suggested that at least two members of your organization attend together; ideally at both the senior and project management level.  Click on the "Fees & Logistics" page above for information on team discounts and group rates.

What past participants say about the MRT Metrics conference:

I discovered many contradictions in the presenters’ information, but in the end all agreed on the criticality and the need for learning and knowledge gained measures. --Steve Ledbetter, Schneider Electric

It is very valuable to meet with Product Development Experts (both consultants and companies practicing PD) in formal presentations and informal settings. Networking with this group of people now and in the future will pay for my time and the trip many times over. --Bill Foster, Teledyne Isco

Outstanding opportunity to share insights, practical experience, and emerging methods. Invaluable sanity check for anyone charged with product development responsibility. --Randy Iliff, Bit7

After three participations to this conference, I can honestly say it is more than a refresher. Revisiting the metrics you use is a must and a conference gives you the best benchmarks you can find. --Michel Arnault, Exfo

Excellent mix of thought leader concepts and R&D leader metric examples and results. --Rich Gildersleeve, DJO

I tend to go to conferences with low expectations, mainly for the networking. This conference consistently surprised me with the quality of the speakers and the two or three presentations that were truly seminal. --Don DeLauder, Medrad, Inc.

The quality of conference speakers was tremendous. If you attended this conference, you'd walk away with an in-depth understanding of business metrics which drive success.  --Brian Burlingame, Merck & CO.

This event was timely and I appreciate the thoughtful, relevant content from each of the speakers. The overall organization of the event was particularly impressive - from the website and email communication to keeping the agenda on time and coordinating Q&A. Very excellent! --Steve Payne, Johns Mansville

The real value of this conference is the mind expanding discussions that provide options and notions that one (person or company) may not think of on their own.  --Bobbie Williams, Sandia National Labs

I was very impressed by the speakers and the attendee list. Wide variety of leading companies were there and gave credibility to the speakers messages. --Derek Mackie, Huskey Injection

Home run! Provocative concepts for fundamentally changing the games of innovation and product development excellence. I am walking away with tools and knowledge that could never have been acquired through experience alone. --Chris Bardeggia, Whirlpool

Excellent conference for the executive who wants to know more about how to raise the bar for product development and innovation performance. --Terry Vance, The Quazar group



Early Bird Discount!  Register by July 15, 2009 and SAVE $500

October 19 – 21, 2009. The conference registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:00 am on October 19, 2009 and the program adjourns at 12:15pm on October 21, 2009.

The conference fee is $1795 until July 15, 2009 and $2295 after. Fee includes the two day conference, pre-conference tutorials, program materials, luncheons, wine/beer-and-cheese reception, continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks.

Team and Group Discounts:
Teams of 3 or more may deduct $100 per person from the conference fee. For teams of 6+, please call Tracey Kimball, Conference Director, at 781-891-8080 ext. 214 or via email at

No-Risk Guarantee:
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed – money-back or credit.  If for any reason you are not satisfied, let us know in writing and we will refund your entire conference fee.

Venue and Accommodations:
The conference will be held at the: The Hilton Walt Disney World Resort, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Call 407.827.4000 or 1.800.Hiltons directly and be sure to mention that you will be attending Management Roundtable's "Metrics Conference." A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate of $189/night until September 25, 2009, 2007, please reserve early.

How to register

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Call 1-800-338-2223 or 781-891-8080 (9:00am - 5:30pm EDT)