The Savvy Consortium

New Product Development and Engineering Conference XXV

Agile and Innovative Design Engineering Productivity 

Essential Practices and Standard Tools for the Growing Markets

Thursday-Friday September 13-14, 2018

Minneapolis, MN

This Savvy Consortium Conference XXV is about agile and flexible product development and engineering operating people and systems. Knowledge based NPD&E systems flex with increased market demand, project scope creep and resources scarcity. Their people operate in Agile teams. Their culture is collaborative and well led. Their NPD project teams generate a high work vitality needed to solve problems and create customer value.

At the highest economic level, they are advancing science and technology for the good of their customers, the market place and their own professional growth as product design engineers.

Speakers at this Savvy Consortium Conference XXV manage product development and engineering organizations. They are members of the savvy smart community that learns from each other’s’ experiences and good practices. They present and show their experiences applying agile project practices, problem solving, and flexible methods. These practices and methods produce differentiated product designs while simultaneously building engineers’ personal talents and professional technical knowledge. The NPD process problem solving is bottoms up which greatly enables development team’s productivity. Value added tools and visual management practices are immersed and made visual in this Savvy Conference XXV.

Benchmarking NPD&E Operations Practices is the unique value premise of Savvy Conference XXV. “Tasks appear less difficult to us once we see how others do them.”

The presentations, interactives and discussions enable the conference participants to see alternate solutions to their people challenges and process scenarios. This conference enables participants to set priorities for aligning and improving their own R&D, NPD&E /NPI operations. You will see coherent and systematic processes align with customer focused, value adding new product development, and project management methods.

Gated, Agile, Flexible NPI Processes While ‘knowledge based’ product development systems as presented in this Conference, are sufficient for most product engineering operation, they are not the only successful NPD&E process. Where applied in a collaborative culture of talented teams, knowledge based processes optimize engineers’ talents for product differentiation, technical talent building and value-added flow.

Register Now Enable your engineers to ‘advance science and technology’ for your company’s growth, build their talents and strengths, and satisfy customers. Register for this Savvy Conference XXV now. 

Thursday, September 13

Successfully Managing Through Culture and Management Changes
  • Rick Bauer
  • Director, Media Qualification
  • Corporate Technology | Technology Services
  • Donaldson Company, Inc. 
How do you yourself manage to grow and develop during the changes in culture and management? Rick Bauer presents his standard principles for navigating the plethora of changes that most engineering managers experience in today’s work environment. He describes two different cultures in which he developed his competences. He compares and contrasts three executive managers and their radically different styles. His beliefs principles and practices enabled Rick to continuously improve his own performance and the people he collaborated with.
Productivity: (f) of NPD Team Members’ Talents
  • Fred Hrdlcka
  • Director of Continuous Improvement
  • Pella Corporation
What are the driving components of team productivity? How is personal talent important? What about collaboration skills? Team Leadership? Fred Hrdlcka describes the beliefs, methods and practices that high performance teams use at Pella.
Product Design Focused Innovation” at the Customer User Point of Interest
  • Bryan Flood
  • Director of Engineering
  • Hydra-Flex Corp.
What are the driving components your product system’s design? Your value proposition and how it captures market share? Your product design and how you protect the components with black art and patent aggressiveness? Bryan Flood will describe how he managers the robust growth of Hydra Flex systems and simultaneously defends their product design architecture that garners increasing numbers of customers and their loyalty.
Product Risk: Where Safety Challenges Engineering Design
  • David Gregor
  • Director of Corporate Safety and Reliability System Engineering
  • Case New Holland
Where are the risk factors in your new product design? What about the Customer User Level of Risk? Where must your robust design practices focus? David Gregor describes the product design engineering risk arenas which are the highest cost potential for product design engineering at many hardware manufacturers.

Friday, September 14


Savvy Conference XXV

Plan for you / your colleagues to participate Savvy Conference XXV. 20% Discount offered to groups of three or more from the same company.