Alumni Comments

Thoughts From GGI Metrics Summits Alumni

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"GGI has obviously spent years gathering & analyzing product development data from a variety of industries.  This diversity of metrics & industries is helpful in developing a metrics program for our companies"

-Paul Hardenburger, VP Engineering, Marlen

"Addresses a topic that has been ignored or undervalued for too long. All other aspects of Corporate life, outside of product development, are measured and tracked. The time has come to measure and optimize product development."

-Mark Sherwood, Director, Engineering, Cisco Systems, Inc.

"Overall it was a great learning experience.  We have limited metrics in place today and I now have a good basic understanding to implement a metrics program"

-Don Harter, Director, Back Office Development, Wausau Financial Systems

"Helped me turn my ideas on metrics from fuzzy to specific and actionable. R&D can be a company's biggest discretionary expense. We had better achieve a proactive ability to measure impact and efficiency."

-Donald Munroe, VP, Global Program & Portfolio Mgt., Invitrogen Corp.

"It's obvious that the company, (GGI) has amassed an incredible knowledge base on metrics for corporate R&D. The format of the seminar with interaction with other companies is an excellent vehicle for learning and building a solid metrics starting point. "

-Art Rofano, Senior Manager, Quality Assurance, BEA Systems, Inc.

"The course work proved quite valuable and provided our team with new ideas on how to measure and report product development processes and results in our organization. I would highly reccommend the Summit to anyone who is responsible for innovation and product development processes in their own organization."

-Matt Kramer, Research Director, Ball Horticultural Company

"This method and data with help you drive your business. If you know what is key for your company and can learn to apply what works best you will improve."

-Dennis Morton, VP, Product Development, Global Crossing

"A definitive and immersive exposure to an important and elusive topic, presented by a leader and driver in the industry. You will learn and be able to immediately apply a great deal."

-Lou Perich, VP, Engineering, American Science & Engineering

"This was a dynamic seminar that really opened my mind to many more ways in which metrics can help my department & my company. Also interesting that many concepts of R&D relate across very different industries."

-Hillary McKellar, Program Manager, Cubist Pharmaceuticals

"Stimulating, high quality intelligent exposure to precisely relevant product development measurement/assessment methodologies. Anyone who wants to do more with less in today's economy must attend this seminar!"

-Mark Breland, Director of Software Development,
Advanced Solutions International Inc.

"This summit provides the right balance between theory and practical application of the concepts. It's the only session where I left with company-specific tool to use immediately."

-Herm Rosenman, VP Finance & CFO, Gen-Probe

"A comprehensive and structured review of R&D metrics commonly used at the functional, program and corporate levels."

-John Elter, VP Systems Research, Architect,
Plug Power, Inc

"This extraordinary conference provided me with a great deal of pertinent and invaluable information to provide value to my company. The experiences and group interactions was well worth the time and money."

-Mike Dagar, General Manager, Solutions Development,
Sunguard Higher Education

"The working groups were very good as the exposure to adjacent companies approach metrics were discussed, debated and will be carried back to my company."

-Rich Dowell, VP, Research & Development,
Wellman Products Group


"Extremely enlightening, very practical and ahead of the curve. That's where we strive to be!."

-Leyla Capitelli, Associate Director & Functional Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson

"Provided rationale and useful information for many metrics I’ve seen for years. Stimulated my thinking on application to my company. Pleasantly surprised that I was still learning and engaged on day 3."

-Roy Forsberg, Sr. Director, Program & Quality Mgt., Nuance Communications, Inc.

"Fantastic and I look forward to implementing what I learned to improve my company’s success rate. Very different from other product leaders courses, actually measures projects in a tangible way."

-Kevin Luebke, Project Manager, R&D Operations, Abbott Animal Health

"This workshop provided a unique opportunity to explore the often overlooked significance of identifying and applying metrics to development processes and how these metrics directly lead to an increase in product performance at lower cost & greater market share ."

-Brian Hill, VP, Product Development Zebra Imaging Inc.

"Comprehensive and complete summary of available tools (metrics) for R&D and NPD. Statistical and industrial reference data offered."

-Alex Kindt, Director, Engineering, IDEX Corporation

"Excellent overview and appropriate depth of discussion of relevant metrics. GGI provides current and forward thinking insights into application of product development metrics to optimize innovation and R&D spending. The facilitators are extremely qualified and respectful in addressing questions and building a dialogue."

-Beverly Stafford, Director, Global Service Quality, Halliburton

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