Savvy Conference XI
Lean Product Development Conference XI
“Knowledge: Drives Innovation- Builds Talent and Leadership”
October 5-6, 2011 – Minneapolis
Savvy Conference XI features engineering managers from manufacturers of products for a variety of markets and industries. They will describe their 3rd Generation NPI system: Knowledge based, people centered, innovative product development systems.
The speakers will discuss their experiences: learning, adapting and implementing various elements of “knowledge based” lean product development.
1. taking a strategic approach to innovation and product development.
2. building development team leaders that generate quality, value and build people simultaneously,
2. improving talent for quality innovation in knowledge based product design,
3. improving the product quality and innovation in product design process,
4. improving productivity of the development team.
These initiatives are geared to satisfying customers with high-value, high quality, innovative new products that create growth. This Savvy Lean Product Development Conference XI delivers two full days of experiential knowledge for you to adapt to your organization and processes.
Conference Day 1 demonstrates innovation, process improvement, high performance of the transformation leader, and vendor knowledge leveraging. Conference Day 2 introduces powerful methods, organization models and tools NEW this year is the presentation on SCRUM practices. Also, a variety of chief engineer models, a product quality/reliability tool, and set based design problem solving and visual A3 practices are featured.
Day 1 : Knowledge and Innovation Based Lean Product Development
Featured Speaker - David Augustine - Strategic Process Improvement
- Vice President
- Advance Platform Development, Ingersoll Rand
“Lean Product Development IS Vision, Mission and Strategy”
Dave Augustine will describe the strategic approach to establishing Lean Product Development as a fundamental operating system and business competency that drives current improvement and future growth. Based on an in depth evaluation of hundreds of people in the IR organization, their attitudes on processes, thinking and practices, Dave profiles the problems and causes that he and his development organization colleagues decided to prioritize and improve.
You will see his list and think he works in your development organization. Prepare yourself to see where and how you can implement continuous improvement in talent and process.
Featured Speaker - Tom Ebertowski - Transformation Leader
- Director of NPI Process Improvement, Boston Scientific
“The NPI Transformation Leader: Impact on Personal and Professional Growth”
You are given responsibility for the NPI Transformation that requires organization behavior changes.
What about you? Will you need to change? Can you change? “I can not – I will not” might by our first reaction. Why? What are the difficulties you face? What do you yourself have to know in order to grow and contribute to the behavior changes required in the knowledge based product development system?
In a fast pace, thoughtful dialogue, Tom Ebertowski will relate to you his experiences as a key player in the knowledge based product development transformation at Boston Scientific. Tom, sometimes willingly, made transition from a driver-problem solver personality to a thoughtful leader who built trust among his colleagues. What were his ‘issues;’ what were obstacles he had to overcome? What were his successes?
You must see and hear for yourself the experiences of Tom Ebertowski.
If you are involved in your development organization’s transformation you should benchmark the experiences of others: you can learn only the concepts from the gurus, authors and books.
Featured Speaker - Merle Meyer - Tools For Engaging Vendors
- Vice President, Rapid Refill, Corp.
“Vendors’ Knowledge: Intensively Embed Suppliers’ Knowledge to Reduce Risk
and Meet Schedules”
Booz & Company concludes that 3rd Generation product development must include “Intensive ….Supplier Involvement.” This is a key enabling capability and behavior in the “front end of agile,” flexible product development. It impacts to reduce design risk, increase innovation and meet schedules “at the lean back end,” according to Booz authorities. (Booz tracks product development process and outputs).
Merle Meyer has extensive experiences finding knowledgeable vendors and integrating vendors’ technical knowledge into his design organization and process. Merle will bring into focus his approaches you can use to discover and use the vital technical knowledge your vendors have. Using examples from 25 years of product design and development experiences, Merle will demonstrate visual ways to discover and integrate that knowledge in your product design teams and knowledge systems.
If you are trying to simultaneously meet costs, improve quality, innovate and meet your schedules, prepare for an especially valuable “download” of vendor knowledge practices.
End Of Conference Day 1
Day 2: Development Project Leadership and Tools
Chief Engineer Practices in Lean Development Project Leadership
Conference XI builds on the Chief Engineer presentations featured at Savvy Conference VII. The current practices in development project and team leadership is today’s focus. The Chief engineer practices used are presented and discussed. You will see the practices that make the project leader more effective and valuable to the team, the customer, and the wider organization. You can expect to draw up your own “do list” for improving your project leader talent and team practices from these presentations.
Featured Speaker - Mark Shimonkevitz
- Toyota USA
“Project Management Thinking/practices in Toyota”
How are projects led and managed at Toyota in 2011? Mark Shimonkevitz just finished his 29th year at Toyota during which time he led a variety of projects in which he designed, proposed and implemented programs to increase service and sales of Toyota’s product knowledge and replacement products.
Mark will describe his experiences with Toyota A3s, oobeya space, team leadership, problem solving thinking/practices and rigorous training programs at Toyota.
Project leaders must see this practical demonstration of current project planning and execution practices at this famous, successful organization.
Featured Speaker - Gottfried Caspari
- Product Development Process Leader
- Ingersoll Rand – Climate Solutions Sector
“Scrum Improves the Development Team Productivity”
New product development teams must deliver quality product performance, meet
product costs and project cost targets. But they rarely launch on time. Gottfried Caspari
will describe the Scrum thinking and practices and how his product development teams
members learned, engaged themselves and use Scrum methods to develop new
products, reduce risk, increase quality, meet cost targets with flexibility, agility, and
knowledge building collaboration practices.
Scrum methods may be the most valuable improvement that you can adapt with
confidence and success: it is visual, dynamic and proven.
Featured Speakers - Tim Matuseski & David Augustine
Tim Matuseski – PMP Director of Engineering
- Goodrich Sensor & Integrated Systems
- Engines & Temperature COE
David Augustine – former Vice President
- Advance Platform Development
“Chief Engineer – Current Practices and Impact on Development Organizations”
Tim Matuseski and Dave Augustine studied the thinking/practices of a variety project
leaders responsible for product development, R&D and knowledge expert organizations.
They will report their findings: the five CE models, CE charter, CE tasks/responsibilities.
They will show the “better than expected” and “less than expected” impact of the CE on
product quality & innovation, waste reduction, talent building, meeting schedules and
Opportunities for productivity and people talent growth are more dependent than ever
project team leaders and functional managers that apply their innovation, entrepreneur
and technical knowledge in product development teams.
Featured Speakers Panel – Chief Engineers and their Current Experiences
Chief Engineers from Toro, Eaton, Goodrich and other firms will describe their
organization’s CE model, charter, and their experiences. They will address questions
from the conference participants and develop valuable knowledge that can be adapted
in project team based organizations.
Tools for Product Quality Improvement
Featured Speaker - Julio E. Pulido
- Senior Director
“Quality/Reliability Practices: Engaging People to Adapt and Use the Tools”
Product Design Organizations rely on learning and adapting quality/reliability tools
throughout the knowledge based lean product development process.
But there are constraints: changes in personal attitudes, work habits, and long standing
team processes are difficult. Julio Pulido will demonstrate visual thinking/practices that
he uses to engage people and their attitudes toward new tasks that improve quality
and reliability. He show the impacts at three levels of the knowledge based product
1. the workers and their tasks,
2. the product development team, and
3. the knowledge based, lean product development process.
Julio will give fresh examples from his everyday experiences applying and integrating
quality/reliability thinking and practices in his 25 years experiences in engineering design
organizations. If your tasks include simultaneously meeting costs, improving quality
and reliability while building valuable competence in your people, then plan to get
knowledge from this presentation and discussion that you can initiate immediately.
Engaging Design Engineers in Creative Problem Solving
Featured Speaker - Todd Lassanske
- Director of Engineering, Research, & Design,
- Saris Cycling Group
“4-2-1 Set Based Design Engineering practices”
Todd will describe his knowledge based product development organization and process.
He will demonstrate the set based design method called 4-2-1 and its powerful impact
that increases design engineers talent, energy and productivity. Design engineering
teams leaders who learn and adapt this thinking/practice are sure to experience similar
impacts in their development teams.