Friday, September 14

Emerging Technologies Drive Product Development Strategies
  • David Augustine
  • Vice President – Chief Technology Officer
  • Living Green Farms, Inc.
Corporations rely on R&D and new product development engineers. Their mission: to find the technologies and develop them into new products. New products with competitive advantage needed to grow the business. How is this done? David Augustine presents effective ways to find best in class technologies before competitors do. Dave’s experiences identifying and developing technologies are expansive and varied. He led R&D operations and advance engineering systems development processes at Tennant Corporation (autonomous sanitation technologies) and ThermoKing (refrigeration technologies). Currently Dave’s executive responsibilities as Chief Technology Officer include developing aeroponics technologies and designing the operations systems for Green Farms.
A3 Problem Solving Learning Builds Talented Engineers Collaboration
  • Mike Wilps, Sr. Manager
  • GIC*A Operations & Lean Processes
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
A3 thinking leads to collaborative problem solving, enables timely decision making, and builds high performance engineers and innovators. Mike Wilps describes a cultural apathy toward A3 learning and use. He acknowledges the valuable, yet limited external source expertise. Mike describes how collaboration with Goodyear colleagues resulted in a re-designed A3 problem solving learning program. He describes the A3 elements, types, and how he engages engineers in the workshop. This is A3 learning from the inside. Mike will engage the Conference participants in an engineering problem using A3 process to solve the problem. This presentation will list A3 types/content: Critical Knowledge A3, Problem Solving A3, Proposal A3, Master A3, Status A3, Risk Assessment A3, Project Prioritization A3,
Voice of the Customer: Face to Face that Defines Real Value
  • Tim Matuseski, PMP
  • SIS EPMO Lead
  • Sensors & Integrated Systems
VOC process focuses the design engineer and development team members. The focus is value that the customer needs and wants. Tim Matuseski demonstrates a mature use of a VOC process. Tim describes the essentials and visuals face to face session with the customer. Tim demonstrates the structured process in which the development team actively listens to the customer users. The knowledge is captured verbatim. Project success is measurable and knowledge is captured. Tim will lead an interactive method for reducing waste in the planning process.
Visual Processes Enable Teams to Meet Schedules
  • Wendell Short
  • Director of New Product Development
  • Sauder Woodworking Co.
Markets for Sauder’s consumer products are dynamic and changing. Customers require short times to market from concept to production. Wendell Short will demonstrate the Sauder’s approach to simplifying product design and development to fit shorter time to market schedules. He will show and demonstrate the essential elements needed to manage the people, tasks, stages and completion dates. Wendell demonstrates visual management boards: task types, people engineers, design completion dates, project milestones, project managers, that show the timelines.
Savvy Practices: The Way to Improve NPD Execution in a Growth Economy
  • Todd Stute
  • Director of Corporate Process Improvement
  • Western Digital Corporation

“Tasks seem less difficult to adapt when you see how others do them” is the Savvy Consortium premise for benchmarking best practices. Todd Stute facilitates the interactive session on adopting Savvy Practices presented at the Savvy Conference XXV.