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7th R&D-Product Development Innovation Summit

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


This Summit will provide participants with a snapshot of the evolution, current status, and projected future of Innovation Strategies, Investment Levels, Processes, Practices, Tools, Metrics, and Other Key Innovation areas as viewed from the top of corporations. GGI, a 23-year old company, has been performing primary and secondary research on the rapidly evolving Innovation Body Of Knowledge for the past ten years to enable us to bring the best current knowledge to our consulting clients. At this Summit, we will not be espousing the methodologies of our firm. At this Summit, we will communicate the evolutionary path and current status of Innovation in industry today. We will also communicate what is most likely to happen to Corporate Innovation capabilities and prowess in the next five to ten years. At the conclusion of the Summit, everyone will be up to speed and have a glimpse of the future. Senior executives wishing to put themselves and their fellow senior executives in a better position to direct and drive Innovation should strongly consider attending. Several of our prior participants have said, "this Summit is an Executive MBA on the subject of Innovation."


The ability of top managers and professionals to direct and manage Innovation in their companies is the focus of the 7th R&D - Product Development Innovation Summit. The Innovation Summit will be held Tue/Wed/Thur September 22-24, 2009 in metro Boston. The Innovation Summit is an intensive fact and data driven three-day seminar and workshop focused on the select areas of innovation and intellectual property that are currently tangible and actionable by corporations and their managers.

Summit Description

Our quantitative approach to innovation in R&D, Product Development, and Product Commercialization activities emphasizes benchmarking both current performance and leading trends regarding issues that top professionals have to deal with and the decisions that they have to make. For example, do you know which activities and techniques your company currently uses that contribute the most to innovation versus those that simply improve execution? Technical Feasibility Analysis is one of the six most innovative techniques! For example, do you know that there are over 250 available tools and techniques your company could choose to deploy that would likely increase overall creativity and innovativeness? And, that there are about 50 tools worth considering. Some actually increase domain knowledge!

Has your company incorporated any of these innovation tools into its Product Development Process to complement DOE, FMEA, Design Reviews and the numerous other execution-oriented tools that dominate most PDPs? For example, do you know the metrics that are emerging in industry that best capture and/or drive innovative behavior and results at the corporate level? A new "Return On Innovation - ROI" formula is one of them! For example, do you know how to categorize and communicate your registered and unregistered Intellectual Property to maximize market capitalization values by Wall Street analysts? Some frameworks are now several years in practice and are giving companies a leg up on their competitors!

The 8 Innovation Modules

The content of the Summit is organized into 8 modules. The duration of each module and the flow over the three days is in our Summit ATaGLANCE. There is a Summit Brochure. Companies who have participated in prior GGI Summits may be of interest, along with selected Testimonials. In summary, the eight modules are:

  1. Best Practice Innovation Processes
  2. Corporate-Level & Tactical-Level Innovation Drivers
  3. Innovation Enablers & Tools: 5 Groups & 50 Items
  4. Three Key Innovation Tools & Techniques
  5. Semantic Technologies & Knowledge-Enabled Innovation
  6. Best Practice IP Valuation, Management, & Communication
  7. Open & Outsourced Innovation Frameworks
  8. Innovation Metrics & Rewards

In addition at this Summit, GGI will be presenting the results of our 2008 Primary Research on Tangible Innovation: Innovation Environment, Innovation Processes, Innovation Branding, Innovation Tools, and Top C-Level Innovation Metrics. Two-hundred corporations participated! As we plan on sharing a majority of the 2008 Primary Research at the Summit, we will also be giving each Summit participant a complimentary pdf copy of the 100+ page findings and conclusions document as a bonus along with permission for the document posted to your company intranet for the use of all employees. This is a significant value when combined with the Summit.

Who Should Come

Our overall approach to the Summit is geared to top-level professionals that manage entire organizations, departments, budgets, and senior program management executives. Numerous companies have brought teams of officers ranging from three to ten in size in the quest to develop a set of metrics they can all agree to for R&D and product development. When one or two persons come from a company, we create multi-company groups either based on industry type or the similarity of the corporate R&D strategies -- Innovators, Platform-Derivative, Extenders, etc. Individuals have a slightly different experience than do company teams, but all leave with a set of metrics suitable for measuring the R&D organization as a whole.

We always offer significant discounts to companies that bring Company Teams of three or more people, $254 per person.

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

Summit Faculty

This Summit will be led by Bradford L. Goldense, an internationally recognized expert on R&D and product development innovation and metrics. He will be accompanied by John E. Cronin, a leading authority on intellectual property management and valuation and the creator of IBM's Patent Factory. James Todhunter, the Chief Technology Officer of Invention Machine Corporation, will discuss semantic technology and knowledge-enabled innovation; and demonstrate one of the world's most powerful innovation tools for technical, business, and legal professionals. John R. [Dick] Power, a subject matter expert in program and project delivery, will instruct and lead discussions. Together, the four faculty have over one-hundred thirty years of industry experience.


Our location is convenient from either Boston-Logan or Providence-Green [great rates] airport. Mention GGI's Summit when you call the hotel. This newly upgraded Sheraton Conference Facility is completely wi-fi, has all amenities, a great walking trail, and boasts a five star chef. For more information about the conference hotel, alternative hotel accommodations, transportation, restaurants, and other information, please visit the I'm Already Registered web site.

For more information about Goldense Group, Inc., a twenty-six year old internationally recognized company in the areas of product development and measurement, go to the GGI Home Page, or give us a call at 781-444-5400.

We hope you will be able to join us in June for some Tangible Innovation!™

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