Thursday, September 13

Crisis Project Management
  • Rick Bauer
  • Director, Media Qualification
  • Corporate Technology | Technology Services
  • Donaldson Company, Inc. 
Maintaining a constant and reliable flow of raw materials to a production process is critical for business success. Concepts like Just-in-time Manufacturing and Lean Manufacturing sometimes leave little room for error. So, what happens when a raw material supply is threatened or is cut off unexpectedly? What about no back-up or buffer stock? A Crisis. Management must act. Managing crisis projects is a new, critical skill that companies must develop to survive. Having dual sourcing or dual supply for all raw materials is nearly impossible. Reacting to crises and responding effectively may be the next best alternative. Rick Bauer describes crisis project management at Donaldson Company. Rick presents the approach to project management that has been developed which differs somewhat from traditional projects. Rich engages the conference participants in their crisis management experiences. This enables comparisons of decision tools, skilled engaged people and their contributions to fully or not so fully resolve the crisis.
Productivity: (f) of NPD Team Members’ Talents
  • Fred Hrdlicka
  • 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 Safety/Reliability Risks Requires Engineering Talent
  • David Gregor
  • AGPV Functional Safety/Compliance Manager
  • Case New Holland
Product design innovation increases product function and complexity. David Gregor discusses design risks challenging the product design teams today. He will show the inherent in product design and development processes that result in products that create safety and reliability problems for customer users. David models the trade offs between design risk and user performance that are reaching critical levels in many industries beyond automotive.
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.