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13th R&D-Product Development Innovation Summit

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Innovation Metrics Summit

GGI's Summit Is An Executive MBA On Innovation

More than one of our Summit alumni has remarked at the end of the Summit, "GGI's Innovation Summit is an Executive MBA on the Subject of Innovation."

In three days, executives and leaders will learn the best strategic, tactical, and operational drivers and enablers of corporate innovation that currently exist in industry. Participants will develop an intuition as to what will likely emerge, evolve, and change in the years ahead.

Innovation Summit Abstracts Of Each Module

The Innovation Summit is highly quantative. Research findings and studies of industry practices underpin just about every one of the 8 Innovation Summit Modules. Exercises and demonstrations will be interspersed throughout the 8 Modules.

For further information on the content, exercises, and demonstrations of the Summit, a complete abstract is provided for each Module.

Module 1 Best Practice Innovation Processes
Module 2 CXO Innovation Drivers
Module 3 Innovation Enablers & Tools
Module 4 Three Key Innovation Techniques
Module 5 Semantic Technologies & Knowledge-Enabled Innovation
Module 6 Best Practice IP Management
Module 7 Open & Outsourced Innovation
Module 8 Innovation Metrics & Rewards
R&D Product Development Innovation Metrics Seminar Summit

Summit Dates

  Tuesday December 8, 2015 9:00AM - 5PM
  Wednesday December 9, 2015 8:30AM - 5PM    [Reception 5-7PM]
  Thursday December 10, 2015 8:30AM - 3PM

Comments From Innovation Summit Alumni

  More Alumni Comments 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 ofQuality, 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 of 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.

Dr. Hans Ludi [instructor]

Hans Ludi is a long time Affiliate of GGI. Dr. Ludi has thirty years of experience in the life sciences and technology industries. During that time he has held a variety of technical and management positions in the areas of research and technology management. More recently, Dr. Ludi has focused on commercializing advanced technology projects in partnership with corporations and venture capitalists. Hans was most recently CEO of Gnothis SA. He has held senior management positions with Ciba-Geigy, Chiron, and Bayer. Dr. Ludi holds a Masters Diploma in Biotechnology and Microbiology from the Federal Institute of Technology in Z�rich, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland. He is a member of the Worldwide Board of the Society of Concurrent Product Development [SCPD] and is the past President of the Boston Chapter of SCPD. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society [ACS] and the American Association for the Advanced of Science [AAAS].View a more complete biography on GGI Staff page.

Summit Guest Speakers:

Richard Langevin
The Altshuller Institute and Technical Innovation Center

Richard LangevinRichard Langevin has over forty years of experience across his military service and his work with industry. In 1993, after a distinguished military career, Mr. Langevin commenced his focus on the body of knowledge of Triz, perhaps the most all encompassing innovation technique that exists in industry. Richard was an early practitioner in the field. In the mid 1990s, he co- founded the Technical Innovation Center [TIC] which he now runs. In 1998, Mr. Langevin was a founding member of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies [AI], a non-profit organization to promote TRIZ. Mr. Langevin is graduate of Iowa State University and holds a BS in Physics and Education; and is a graduate of the Navy Supply Corps School. He has authored five books on the subject of TRIZ. View a more complete biography on GGI Staff page.

Adam J. Bulakowski
iP Capital Group

Adam Bulakowski Adam J. Bulakowski is a Director at ipCapital Group. Adam leads engagements for a diverse range of clients, from venture-backed tech to Fortune 100 consumer products. Adam's focus areas include: IP diligence and economic valuation for monetization and/or investment decisions, strategy development at corporate and business unit-levels, financial planning and operational management. Prior to joining ipCapital Group in 2008, Adam worked in operating roles ranging from new product development to operations to marketing strategy at a Fortune 500 industrial, a Fortune 500 scientific equipment manufacturer, and a private instrumentation company. Adam earned his MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He earned his BS summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, where he was a Presidential Scholar.

Bill Petrow
iP Capital Group

Adam BulakowskiBill Petrow is a Senior Manager at ipCapital Group. Over the past eleven years at ipCG, Bill has provided IP strategy solutions, along with IP intelligence and IP portfolio development programs, to a wide variety of clients across industries including microelectronics, electronic instrumentation, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Prior to ipCG, Bill spent over sixteen years in all aspects of product development for diverse applications including airborne aerospace applications, wireless product development and medical devices. In addition, Bill has several years of technical leadership experience in project and engineering management. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and is a registered patent agent with the USPTO.

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, March 6, 2015 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


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