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7th R&D-Product Development Innovation Summit

This Summit has already been held. Please visit our current Innovation Summit.

In the early 1990s, when time-to-market pressures swept across the globe, it created a backlash on the subject of innovation. Individual developers and their corporations alike asked and continue to ask, "how can I/we be more innovative when I/we have less time? Overlapping the projects is not a practical answer." This backlash resulted in a great deal of invention on the subject of innovation during the past fifteen years. As much literature was published on innovation as was published on time-to-market during this period. In the 1980s, only a few innovation techniques existed. Today, there are dozens of techniques and some software packages that facilitate innovation and innovative thinking. Yet, companies struggle with how to innovate. Many have simply renamed their "product development processes" to be "innovation processes" in the hope that a new identity will facilitate innovative thinking. This struggle came to the forefront of industry issues in 2005. To address this rapidly growing industry need, GGI decided to package some of the approaches and materials that we use in our consulting practice into a public seminar that we call the Innovation Summit. Since 2005, GGI has been refreshing this initial research to keep pace with the progress of industry.

The Innovation Summit - Eight Modules

The goals of the Innovation Summit are: to help corporate innovation leaders: to sort out "innovation processes" from "innovation tools and techniques," to understand what has happened during the past fifteen years on innovation, to inventory the range and population of tools/techniques/software available today, and to put it all in a context for corporate leaders so specific actions may be taken to improve a company's innovativeness and inventive abilities.

Innovation Metrics SummitInnovation Metrics Research
Module 1 Best Practice Innovation Processes
    View Abstract for Module 1

Module 2 CXO Innovation Drivers
    View Abstract for Module 2

Module 3 Innovation Enablers & Tools
    View Abstract for Module 3

Module 4 Three Key Innovation Techniques
    View Abstract for Module 4

Module 5 Semantic Technologies & Knowledge-Enabled Innovation
    View Abstract for Module 5

Module 6 Best Practice IP Management
    View Abstract for Module 6

Module 7 Open & Outsourced Innovation
    View Abstract for Module 7

Module 8 Innovation Metrics & Rewards
    View Abstract for Module 8
R&D Product Development Innovation Metrics Seminar Summit

Summit Dates

  Tuesday September 22, 2009 9:00AM - 5PM
  Wednesday September 23, 2009 8:30AM - 5PM
  Thursday September 24, 2009 8:30AM - 3PM

Testimonials By Prior Innovation Summit Attendees

  Additional testimonials may be found here.

"Excellent overview of new techniques applied in R&D/innovation."

-Ketan Muni, Director, R&D, Acclarent Inc.

"This has been an excellent eye opening experience about current trends across various industries. Very helpful to define future decisions in setting future corporate engineering organization direction and strategies."

-Jean Woloszko, CTO & VP R&D, ArthroCare Corp.

"Coming from a purely technical background the breadth of material was very instructive. Opened my eyes to a new level of driving a project."

-Michael Fitzell, Senior Software Engineer
eZenia! Inc.

"Seminar was very thorough in a variety of innovation subject matters, also a nice presentation of the tools."

-Mr. Scott Filion, Director, R&D,
Velcro USA Inc.

"Thought provoking and content rich. Plenty of take-aways. The content will be a good start to determining best practices for our organization."

-Michael Colman, Ph.D., R&D Manager, Virology, Millipore Corporation

"Very professional, well structured, well thought out. Excellent linkage to the study of management science for R&D/innovation."

-John Geraghty, Project Leader, MITRE Corporation

"Thought provoking. You have to check your current thinking at the door."

-Greg Myers, Director, Quality BMC Software, Inc.

"Good general overview of product development process and options to generate ideas. Good content. Well organized."

-Sherlene Bagley, Product Director, Portfolio Development Healthpoint, Ltd.

"These lessons learned will clearly make the difference between true success and extinction due to global competition."

- Louis Bonhomme Manager, R&D Millipore Corporation

"Overall the course was excellent. An excellent overview of the tools available to deploy."

-Kraig Tabor Director, Advanced Process & Product, Snap-On Tools

"An excellent survey of innovation in corporations with the tools and measures to facilitate improving innovative activities."

-Richard Knowles, CTO & VP Embedded Engineering, Ardence, Inc.

"The seminar gave me new insights to problem solving, new tools to explore, and the motivation to foster innovation and creativity within my company."

-Dave Tumey, Consultant, Immersion Medical

"Many of the ideas can be immediately implemented without being disruptive to "normal" behavior."

-Gary Jaspersohn, System Architect,NMS Communications

"For people who need a mind expanding overview of innovation. A tremendous overview of innovation strategy and tools all in one place and time, very valuable - thanks!"

-John Humphrey, Business Acumen Curriculum Specialist, 3M

"It opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking about innovation and provides tangible tools for encouraging and measuring it."

-Steve Zvonek, Brand Manager, White Castle Management Co..

"My expectation was that this Innovation Summit might be difficult to transfer to a Human Resources application.  In fact quite the contrary, there was a lot of relevancy in HR which is often the change agent in most companies."

-Gerry Strolmeyer, Manager, Human Resources, SGL Group

Summit Faculty

Bradford L. Goldense, NPDP, CMfgE, CPIM, CCP [seminar leader]

Bradford L. Goldense is Founder and CEO of Goldense Group, Inc. [GGI], a twenty five-year old Needham Massachusetts consulting and education firm concentrating in advanced business and technology management practices for line management functions. Mr. Goldense has consulted to over 150 of the Fortune 1000 and has worked on productivity improvement and automation projects in over 400 manufacturing locations in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, S.C. Johnson, Ford, General Motors, John Deere, Phillips, Carrier, Molex, United Technologies, Bose, and Shure are representative among GGI’s clients. Mr. Goldense is an internationally recognized expert on both rapid product development and R&D metrics. Brad has been an invited guest on Alexander Haig’s World Business Review, and has appeared on PBS The Business & Technology Network, and on CNBC, and has authored or been quoted in over 150 articles in industry trade press. Brad is the Worldwide President of the Society of Concurrent Product Development [SCPD], and on the Worldwide Board of Directors for the American Society of Engineering Management [ASME]. View a more complete biography on GGI Staff page.

John R. (Dick) Power, PMP, CFP [instructor]

John R. (Dick) Power is Director of Executive Education at GGI. Mr. Power has been practicing in the advanced and new product development and production areas for over 30 years. He is highly experienced in project management of large and complex high technology products from Initial phases through production, distribution and sustaining support. As a US Army Signal Corps Officer, retiring as a Colonel in 1992, he was a leader in acquisition of electronic systems. More recently, Dick worked at GTE (before its merger with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon) as Director of Total Quality for the Government Systems Group and later as Corporate-wide program manager for information security. View a more complete biography on GGI Staff page.

John E. Cronin
Best Practice IP Management

John Croninis Managing Director and Chairman of ipCG. Capitalizing on a life long study of creative and inventive thinking processes, business strategy development, and transaction negotiations, John has created the unique ipCapital System methodology, which extracts and documents invention, identifies opportunity and risk, drives transactions to completion, and creates significant market value from intellectual property (IP). John has led ipCG from a small consulting practice to the largest professional services firm of its kind, serving over 350 clients since 1998. Prior to founding ipCG, John was a distinguished inventor at IBM for 17 years. As a member of the senior technical staff and the prestigious IBM Academy, John led an intellectual asset team that spearheaded efforts to produce and manage the development of IP. Eventually known as "The IBM Patent Factory," this select group supported the division that increased IBM's annual licensing revenue from $30 million in 1992 to more than $1 billion in 1997 and every year thereafter. John holds a BSEE, an MSEE, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Additionally, John is a member of the Advisory Board for Color Kinetics.

Summit Guest Speaker:
Semantic Technologies & Knowledge-Enabled Innovation

Stephem M. Brown Stephen M. Brown holds Invention Machine's position of Vice President of Product Marketing and is responsible for positioning and future evolution of the company's product, Goldfire Innovator, and its market strategy. Goldfire empowers engineers, scientists and researchers with a capability for sustainable innovation though ideation and semantic retrieval. Prior to Invention Machine, he spent 10 years at Vality Technology, the industry's leading supplier of data quality software for CRM and BI markets where he served as Vice President of Product Strategy until its acquisition by Ascential Software in April 2002. At Ascential, he served as Executive Director, leading Product Management and Marketing functions for Ascential's suite of data-integration products. Previously Steve had served 20 years in technology management and development capacities at Legent Corporation, Cullinet Software and Honeywell. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Summit Location

The seminar will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, Massachusetts. The Four Points/Norwood is equidistant between Boston and Providence on major U.S. Route 1. One can fly into either Logan Airport in Massachusetts or T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, each about a 45 minute ride. (Less expensive airfares are potentially possible through T.F. Green Airport, as well as less traffic congestion en route.) There are several fine restaurants within walking distance, more within a short hotel shuttle ride. A major attraction of this hotel is its food. The General Manager is a former chef and the head chef is a name in the Northeast. "One Bistro," at the Four Points/Norwood, is a locally renowned restaurant and nighttime hotspot. One of New England's largest brand name discount shopping malls is just a short ride south on Route 1.

A block of rooms have been reserved for this conference. Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, August 21, 2009 to ensure availability. GGI's block of rooms will be released back to the hotel after this date. If you choose to stay at the Four Points Sheraton, be sure to mention "GGI's Summit" when you call to register so you will get the room discount. If you book your room at the Four Points Shertaon online, please also place a quick call to the hotel to assure your room discount.

Summit Brochure

There is a single brochure for the Innovation Summit. The brochure includes a brief description of each module. Discounts are available for teams with 3 or more people registering from the same company..

      Download Innovation Summit Brochure

Summit At-A-Glance

The Innovation Summit Agenda, Table of Contents of the Coursebook, and the Biographies of the three Instructors are portrayed in a single document for a quick read.

      Download Innovation Summit At-A-Glance


This Summit has already been held. Please visit our current Innovation Summit.

In the event your plans change after you register, GGI will refund your registration through end-of-business EDT Friday, August 21, 2009. Please note that a 5% credit processing fee will be deducted from your refund if you do choose to cancel.

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