Product Development Conference XII
“Agile, Lean and Knowledge Based”
May 1-2, 2012 Chicago (Elmhurst), Illinois
Agile, Lean and Knowledge based product development thinking/practices are the three drivers of 21st Century New Product Development organizations. These three NPD systems help managers and engineers Innovate their products, build talent, satisfy customers and raise productivity – simultaneously.
This Savvy Conference XII features the practices used by a variety of design and development engineering managers whose mission is to transform their design and development into “knowledge based” agile, and lean product development organizations.
These managers manage innovative people working in global design centers. They are transforming high performance organizations while simultaneously serving many different industries with new products of highly differentiated value. They are the featured speakers at Savvy Conference XII.
They offer conference participants “experience based” presentations that describe their agile, lean practices that deliver continuous improvement in people performance, product design process and team productivity.
Beyond the speaker presentations, Savvy Consortium Conference XII engages conference participants in practical learning sessions held between speaker presentations. These knowledge-rich sessions enable attendees to learn these practices. The sessions enable participants to compare their own practices with the practices that others use. Participants will meet engineering managers experiencing similar knowledge management problems, people issues, and process constraints. These learning sessions are all about product development people “living” their work life in a “knowledge first” agile, lean product development environment that serves customers which demand high-value products.
Knowledge, innovation and agility are the winning practices in 2012.
Knowledge Drives Waste Free Product Development at Sandia National Laboratories
-Cliff Clifford L. Renschler, Phd.
- Deputy Director, Neutron Generator Center 2700, Sandia National Laboratories
Co-Presenter: Melecita M. Archuleta
Co-Presenter: Neil Lapentina
Knowledge Connects Design, Development, Vendors and Production
- Operations Officer, Shiroki Corp
The Power of Empowered People: A Skunk Works Success
-Richard D. Ziminski, President
- Nanotechnology Company
Before the confluence of agile, lean, knowledge first thinking was introduced in the early 2000s, Richard Ziminski designed and embedded the thinking and practices of these systems in a development project that delivered “better than expected” results. Ziminski demonstrates the validity of practices whose efficacy continues in the 21st Century.
Innovation Process: Collect Information-Work to Exhaustion
-Francisco Ruiz, Professor
- Zinc Air Electric Vehicle Design & Development Team
Illinois Institute of Technology
In the 21st Century, teaching design engineers at the university level is vital to continuing success of design engineering. Ruiz takes a fundamental approach to teaching engineering students about the value of their learning, the importance of their understanding that design engineering requires hard work, savvy problem solving, and perseverance to make the schedule and get the deliverables done.
See how these “work virtues” might be “refreshed” in your organization, which may have engineers who are many years who can benefit from these work virtues.
Set Based Design Practices-Builds Talent, Generates Knowledge, Creates Value Streams
-Don Remboski, Vice President
- Dana Corporation
Don Remboski lives and operates at the confluence of innovation, agility, and knowledge based new product development. Don describes how he and his Dana Corporation design colleagues successfully combined set based design engineering with agile project practices to deliver game changing product designs. Enabling Italian design experts to collaborate with Belgian design talents directed by American innovators to serve global customers’ value expectations of a German organization is the showcase project for all design engineering managers to benchmark.
A compelling achievement in the 21st Century.
Agile, Lean and Knowledge Based thinking/practices drive high performance and build talent
Steve Zielinski shows how Agile, Lean and Knowledge based thinking converge in development project team practices. From his past experiences in industrial products for OEM markets and his current experiences supporting/leading medical products design teams, Steve will describe Scrum/sprint practices and demonstrate how they work. (see the work session below). This demonstration builds on the highly successful demonstration by Ingersoll Rand’s Gottfried Caspari and Brant Nieminski at Savvy Conference XI.
Scrum -Sprint is a key practice: it may be the most valuable development team productivity improvement that you can adapt with confidence and success: it is visual, dynamic and proven to make deadlines and build talent.
Mission: Make Your Critical Knowledge System Live
David Gregor, Manager of Critical Knowledge Management
- (former Manager of Critical Knowledge Systems- John Deere & Co.)
Critical knowledge is what design engineers produce in their design of new products that grow the sales and profits of the manufacturing enterprise.
David Gregor will demonstrate the thinking/practices that capture, store and retrieve this valuable knowledge. Knowledge system elements will feature Sharepoint use practices that are necessary for tacit knowledge management and flow.
3rd generation product development is about critical knowledge generation, capture and flow. building collaboration practices. free flow is the key to development teams making their schedules and enabling their members to solve problems.
“Towering Talent Building” Practices
Group Discussion Sessions
Savvy Conference participants assemble into savvy discussion groups that generate useful knowledge about the practices that design and development teams use to meet their schedules, increase their products’ value, innovate their designs and reduce waste effort efforts while building talent – simultaneously.
These session offer the most current benchmarking opportunities for you to compare and contrast your practices with those of other design teams and functional organizations. Plan to attend all the sessions: they are sequenced for you to participate in each session.
May 1, 2012 Session topics
“Scrumsprint practices for Development Teams”
Steve Zielinski will engage conference participants in the use of an actual Scrum sprint activity that demonstrates the tools, methods and practices that his development teams use.
“Train Engineers in Critical Knowledge Documentation Practices”
Bob Melvin, VP Teledyne will engage conference participants in learning and using his highly effective method for enabling design engineers to use K briefs (A3 documents) in their design and development work.
May 2, 2012 Session topics
“Know Customer Value then Generate Critical Design Knowledge”
Market place changes include new expectations for product performance and a variety of new influences on the new product purchase decision. This session will discuss current practices involving design engineers that uncover customers’ value expectations for new product performance, innovation, and quality.
“Increasing Design Engineers’ Innovation: bottoms up practices”
Design engineers generate valuable design solution innovations that are frequent and frequently overlooked. See and discuss the practices that make innovation happen at your engineers’ design “bench” level.
Who attends Savvy Conferences?
Product developers responsible for development teams, team leaders, knowledge specialists, engineering departments, engineering support
groups, continuous improvement managers, knowledge system managers, and others whose mission is people development, process improvement and productivity increase.
Engineering managers, directors and team leaders will fill their process improvement and people building notebooks with high performance practices that will work.
Register Now, attend this Savvy Conference!
You will experience a robust learning event, meet high performance design and development engineering managers who are climbing the same mountains you are climbing, and are willing to “hand off” their practices, tools, techniques to you.
The cost is $450 per person, the deliverables include speaker materials, A3 size diagrams and documents, a bibliography and the Savvy Consortium of partners and their practices.