The Savvy Consortium

New Product Development and Engineering Conference XXIV

Execution: Fuzzy Start – Design to Value – Flow to Production

Focus on Innovation, Customer Value, Agile Flow, and Finish

Thursday-Friday April 19-20, 2018

Hosted by: CA Technologies, Inc.

Lisle, IL

 

By our work, we product development engineering managers continually apply and advance science and technology for the profitable benefit of our customers, our company, our coworkers; and for the betterment of our economies and global customers and overseas colleagues.

The high-performance product engineering managers, presenting at this Savvy Conference, will present their agile design practices, visual work methods and problems solving practices. These resources aim to satisfy their customers, build engineering talent and grow the business.

Following the topics and speaker presentations, we feature the exclusive Savvy Consortium Benchmark Sessions. These sessions will make your product development work seem less difficult by seeing the best versions and standard practices of how others design, develop and launch new products.

Thursday, April 19

8:30 a.m.
Keynote Address: “Economic Growth – Essential and Achievable”
  • Peter Buca
  • Vice President Innovation
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation: Cleveland, OH
The central work of product development and innovation is to make money. The profits generated by this work benefits our people and firms by putting bread on the table and continuously advancing science and technology for the betterment of mankind. Economic Growth must result from this work. To achieve Economic Growth, innovators, engineers, scientists, technologists, et al., generate and apply critical knowledge.  Peter Buca presents the call for Economic Growth.  He presents a wide scope view of the essential drivers: innovative technology, a culture of high performance people and organizational leadership.   
10:30
Predictors of Production Challenges Born from Problem Solving During Design and Development
  • Chris DiAntonio
  • Neutron Generator Design Engineer
  • Sandia National Laboratories: Albuquerque, NM
The road to achieving operating excellence for any production system is always littered with numerous challenges. Many of these challenges are identified during the design and development phase of product realization and are confronted with problem solving efforts. The investigation during the problem solving inherently results in predictors that can be linked to the design problems faced during production in hindsight. By understanding these predictors and utilizing them to your advantage the designer can minimize the impact to downstream product. Several case studies will be presented that demonstrate the complexity yet reward of these predictors and having the ability to recognize proactively the learning opportunities of production.
1:00 p.m.
Design Problem: Solving the Right Problem
  • Helen Park
  • Project Manager
  • WetDesign, Inc: Los Angeles, CA
Complex product designs required design problem solving at several levels of the product systems architecture. Some call it the Kentou Phase his requires a team of people with expertise and passion to learn the design unknowns.    Helen Park calls this “Discovery Work.”  Helen presents her experiences at WetDesign in the Team Learning Culture which embodies this Discovery Work. The team challenges are many and familiar:  customer wants “Brilliant and Beautiful’ Fountain.  The design project has impossible deadlines, scope creep, resources constraints, and a chaotic culture of interpersonal dynamics.   Helen discovered the solution to these constraints is in finding the right problems often unseen.  She will describe developing the right solutions and involving the team members in the right interactions.  These tasks enable prompt decisions, innovative collaboration and satisfying work that moves the project to design to successful completion. Helen Park’s “Discovery Work’ is the key component to product design and development work.  Discovery Work should enable development teams to collaborate better and with higher work satisfaction.
3:00 p.m.
Applying Agile – Multi-Discipline Collaboration to Improve Product Design and Development
  • Panel of Collaborators
  • CA Technologies Agile Leaders
Growth is the perennial call for new product design and development teams.  Delivering valuable customer outcomes is the demand from executive management. Continuous improvement in people, processes and tools is essential. Moreover, achieving growth requires continuous improvement in the beliefs and practices for organizing, planning and executing NPD projects that meet customer and business expectations, deliver innovations, and build a sense of personal work satisfaction. CA Technologies has assembled this “Agile” panel of high performance Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Architects, UX and Technical Managers to brief the Conference on their Agile Transformation journey over the past 9 years.  After opening remarks from each panelist, the panel expects to do an extensive Agile Q&A with the audience to share their learnings.

Friday, April 20

8:30 a.m.
A Healthy Culture is the Co-efficient of Innovation
  • Sheila Peyraud
  • Chief Technology Officer (ret.)
  • The Donaldson Company: Minneapolis, MN
The Current Passion for Economic Growth is a Call for Innovation.  New Product Development and Engineering managers, teams and executives in many companies may have lost some ground.  Often caused by project pressures, making impossible schedules, poorly led cultures.    The time to get healthy and 'make it happen’ is now.  Sheila Peyraud presents her practical experiences in transforming a R&D work culture into an Innovation Culture.  She recounts her experiences enabling engineers to solve problems, failures are good for learning.  The human side of technical reviews, acknowledging people and their personal contributions, are just a few essentials of the healthy culture. Sheila will provide from her experiences a wide range of healthy human work culture behaviors.  These behaviors, team, functional management and executive level enable people to innovate and experience work satisfaction.  Healthy Innovation Culture is essential; it drives innovation, economic growth and work satisfaction.  Conference participants can experiment and adapt what works based in Sheila Peyraud’s beliefs, principles and practices.
10:30 a.m.
Ready for Production: Challenges and Basic Execution
  • Ken Kreafle
  • Chief Engineer Production- Avalon 05
  • General Manager- Production Engineering
  • Toyota Engineering/Manufacturing TEMA
Product complexity and product proliferation are current challenges that call for process improvements. These improvements are needed to make schedules and meet costs in a customer driven product development and engineering environment. Ken Kreafle presents his experiences integrating product design with manufacturing at the production launch process stage. Ken’s experience includes Chief Engineer for the 05 Toyota Avalon (product design and product manufacturing). Ken will describe how the basic new product production launch is improved to eliminate recurring problems. He will include the basic tools, culture practices and precepts that every manufacturing company must adapt for lean and agility.
1:00 p.m.
Savvy Practices: The Way to Improve NPD Execution
  • Todd Stute
  • Director of Corporate Process Improvement
  • Western Digital Corporation: San Jose, CA
“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 discussion of Savvy Practices presented by the Savvy Conference XXIV Presenters.
3:30 p.m.
Wrap-Up

WHO ATTENDS SAVVY CONFERENCES?

Design engineering managers, department heads, chief engineers, functional department engineers, product engineers/marketers, directors of product engineering, change management pilot leaders, product test engineering managers, process improvement managers, product engineering development team members and leaders, and all who are responsible for improving product innovation, product development and process improvement in their product engineering operations. The conference is not open to academics, consultants, authors or gurus.

Over 800 people have participated in Savvy conferences and learning events. They are design engineers, systems engineers, technical and scientific people; product development teams leaders, knowledge specialists, engineering departments heads, engineering support group leaders, continuous improvement managers, process excellence managers, talent build managers, knowledge system managers, and others whose mission is people development, process improvement and productivity increase.

Firms attending Savvy Sponsored Product Development Knowledge Events the partial list of firms below:

Toro, Eaton, Timken, Dana, Sauder, Medtronic, McDonalds, General Mills, TSI, Goodyear, Cooper, Amano Pioneer, Diebold, John Deere, Pella, Genie, Pella, Schram, Cabot, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Nexen, Masonite, Steris/US Endoscopy, Inovonics, UTAS Aerospace, Wil-burt, Cabot Electronics, Cooper, CNH, GE Medical, Crown, Keithley, Knowles, Parker, Actuant, Deluxe, Tennant, Henny Penny, 3M, Shram, Diamond, Emerson, Terex, Ditch Witch, Waterous, HGST, RT technologies, Altec, Toyota, Saris, Andersen, Wet Design, Sub Zero, Harley Davidson, Autobag, CA Companies, Beckman Coulter, Donaldson, Seagate and participants from many other manufacturers that are implementing continuous improvement in their product design engineering organizations.

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 19-20, 2018

Savvy Conference XXIV
Venue: CA TECHNOLOGIES, LISLE, IL

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

The Savvy Consortium

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

Savvy NPD&E Conference XXV presents product development engineering managers engaged in improving their people, processes, tools and methods for growing their businesses. The theme is “continuously improving science and technology for the betterment of customers.”

Technology includes technology of the internet, technology of safety/reliability, knowledge generation technology and much more.

Customer Betterment” includes product safety, reliability, functional value and fit in the environment

Benefit to the Employees: work satisfaction, multi-functional collaboration, interaction with talented people, and challenging, problem solving work. 

The Savvy motto: “Tasks seem less difficult when you see others successfully doing them.” The Savvy speakers demonstrate how they do things so that others can confidently learn and adapt improved processes and practices. 

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

9:00 a.m.
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, et.al.
10:45 a.m.
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, et.al. that show the timelines.
1:00 p.m.
Product Safety/Reliability Risks Requires Engineering Talent
  • David Gregor
  • AGPV Functional Safety/Compliance Manager
  • Case New Holland
Increasing customer demands drive innovative products to increase function. Emerging technologies enable product function differentiation. So Complexity has increased beyond many of our expectations. Today’s product design engineer must develop autonomy and smart systems with a precision not required in the past. The last four years David has participated in Autonomous Vehicle design and focused on the inherent safety risks. He will show integrating Functional Safety, a relatively new concept to most engineers, into product design and development processes that result in products that are safer and more reliable. Functional Safety is a requirement of all electronically controlled systems. David will show the tradeoffs between design risk, machine performance and customer expectations. Safety must be designed into the system from the beginning. Mitigation of risk is paramount to financial success.
2:30 p.m.
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.
3:45 p.m.
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.

Friday, September 14

8:30 a.m.
Innovation-Technologies-Leadership
  • David Augustine
  • Vice President – Chief Technology Officer
  • Living Green Farms, Inc.
Corporations rely on R&D and new product development engineers. Their mission is innovation: 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.
9:45 a.m.
Upcoming Impactful Technologies: Panel Discussion
  • Steven Heinecke, 3M (ret.)
  • David Gregor, CNH
  • David Augustine, Living Green Farms
  • David Huebner, Loram
Upcoming impactful technologies enable the innovation forces that nurture differentiated new products which create customer demand. Panelists discuss identifying impactful technologies, marshaling the dynamic forces, and engaging competent people for collaborative innovation.
11:15 a.m.
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.
1:00 p.m.
Loram's 'Internet of Things' Journey
  • David L. Huebner, PE
    Director, Research & Development

    Loram
Loram designs, manufactures, and operates heavy mechanized equipment for the maintenance of railroad infrastructure worldwide. Through the course of their work, Loram collects a considerable amount of data on their own assets as well as their customers’ assets. Loram is on a decades long journey to convert that data into information to improve the performance of their machines and to drive business decisions. David will share Loram’s process of identifying the next generation platforms and devices for the continued evolution of their products and services. 
2:30 p.m.
Voice of the Customer: Face to Face that Defines Real Value
  • Tim Matuseski, PMP
  • SIS EPMO Lead
  • Sensors & Integrated Systems
  • UTC AEROSPACE 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.
3:45 p.m.
Patent Law: A Practical Approach
  • 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.

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2018

Savvy Conference XXV
Venue: HOLIDAY INN, BLOOMINGTON, MN

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

The Savvy Consortium's

New Product Development & Engineering Conference XXVI

Usability, Agile, Lean, Innovation, Time to Market, & Value

Wednesday-Thursday April 24-25, 2019

CNH Industrial

Chicago, IL

Emerging Technology and Product Development Engineering that addresses customers’ wants, needs, problems and practices happens only through the engineering people working collaboratively. 

The Strategy: “…by our Work, we continually advance Science and Technology for the Betterment of Mankind (customers)…” 

Purpose of Improving this Work:

+ to augment real improvements in solving problems,

+ collaborative learning and understanding customer Usage economics,

+ understanding valuable/critical knowledge generation and flow,

+ focusing on  customer value in their work flow,

+ prioritize ‘time based’ resources that generate $ revenue at launch.

This Savvy Conference centers on the people that enable this strategy and make the “body of work” successful.  People and individuals.  Principles, processes and tools are vital, but people and teams do the tasks. 

This Savvy Conference uniquely conveys valuable learning. Learning is a function of beliefs, principles and practices. Seeing how others’ practices, noticing their enthusiasm, how they are engaged, and their economic language is vital for all NPD&E people.

Seeing the speakers practices and their process economics is convincing.

Speakers are engineering managers themselves engage in leading passionate  technical  knowledge people , are passionate in problem solving , and enthusiastic in collaborating with customers, end users, and economic users.

Some of the processes, practices, tools and methods presented, demonstrated and practiced at this Savvy Conference include:  Economics language, People centered work,  Customer USE and Interests, Emerging Technologies, Collaborating Design Engineers,  Smooth Flow Processes and "Customer Interest Satisfied”.

Wednesday, April 24

9:00 a.m.
People Make NPD&E Operations Successful
  • Mark Fleigle
  • Vice President Technology and Product Development
  • Rosemount Magnetic & Vortex Flowmeters
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
Principles, practices, tools and processes are the vital factors that produce new products to satisfy customers and grow the business. Mark Fleigle gives a high-level view of the most important factor: People. The high-level view of people: Mark describes people and individuals who contribute. They contribute at a variety of levels ranging from technology creation to innovative problem solving to commercial launch. People whose ‘body of work’ exhibits passion; true engagement, and enthusiastic collaboration. Q&A discussion following Mark Fleigle’s presentation engages the audience in best practices that generate passion, enthusiasm and engagement in NPD&E work.
10:45 a.m.
Upcoming Technologies in Agriculture: Challenges and Solutions, Followed by Tour of CNH Engineering Operations
  • Gary Kassen
  • Director of Engineering
  • CNH Industrial
What technologies are upcoming in the ag and industrial equipment and how is design engineering addressing customers’ expectations and interests? Gary Kassen will address the practical issues confronting design engineering. Tour of Case New Holland Engineering Operations includes: Test Stands Creates Knowledge Cycles, AR 3D Reduces Design Cycles, Case New Holland’s Legacy Products Display
1:30 p.m.
USABILITY: Value Creation Starts with USERS and Their Use Experiences

  • Steve Zielinski
  • Senior Systems Engineering Manager
  • Boston Scientific
What do engineers know about the actual use of the products they design?  What do they know about the customer users’ interactions and experiences with products?  Are use instructions clear, intuitive and coherent?  What about use environment:  is it current? What about user error? What is the use space: where new products really used, how used?  Safety, reliability, ergonomics, efficient use, risks, and more. Does the design engineer assume he or she is the User?   Steve Zielinski answers these questions and presents a robust understanding of customers’ USABILITY interests; he includes all aspects that the design engineer must know and address.  Avoid the risk that your engineers do not know all usability elements.  Steve Zielinski provides you a with visuals your engineers can use with your customers.
3:00 p.m.
Set Based Design – Effective Approach to Innovative New Product Development
  • Joe Mrva
  • Sr. Engineering Manager
  • US Endoscopy (a subsidiary of STERIS Corporation)
  • Cleveland, OH

During new product development, decisions that are made throughout concept development and design have significant impact on a product’s success in the market.  Customer needs, design engineering problems and corresponding design requirements are not fully known at the beginning of a project.  This presentation will describe a method of exploring multiple, simultaneous requirements and design options for as long as possible to allow for the most desirable design choices to be made over time. Using set based method for design problem solving is the “wheel house’ of talented design engineers and innovators.
4:00 p.m.
Engineer’s Innovation Work: Growth, Flat or Decline
  • Steve Heinecke
  • Corporate Scientist (ret)
Steve Heinecke is Savvy Conference’s first Inspirational Speaker. Before retiring in 2018, Steve Heinecke contributed over many years creating 3M’s technology development of 3M’s Tagaderm© business. Steve now presents his experiences in motivating people and energizing their work. Steve’s interactive presentation will engage the Savvy Conference participants in their challenges to improve engineers’ motivations and energizing their work. Steve’s observations and experiences improving ‘flat line performance’ and processes are relevant in today’s product development innovation organizations. Steve’s motivating principles, essential practices and honest work standards apply in people performance, problem solving, value creation and team collaboration operations that strive for excellence.

Thursday, April 25

9:00 a.m.
Product Development Engineering for Customer Assets Utilization
  • Justin Clarine
  • Vice President – Engineering
  • Loram Corporation
How do high performance Product Design Engineering people enable customers to use their assets?  Justin Clarine presents an insightful, strategic view of how Loram’s PD&E people use advanced design engineering principles and practices. Justin will describe and discuss this dynamic model of developing new products for customers that have large assets, who require speed, performance and reliability.
10:45 a.m.
Functional Engineering and Value Streaming Intersection at the Matrix
  • Ken Bonenberger
  • Sr. Program Manager
  • STERIS Corporation | Surgical Solutions
Knowledge workers in product design and development engineering depend on well-organized operations that enable lean innovation and agile processes that focus on customer value interests. Ken Bonenberger will describe a NPD&E paradigm for organizing innovation and customer focus called the Value Stream Matrix. This matrix comprises engineering functions and value streams. It poses Opportunities for operational excellence and innovation. It simultaneously gives rise to Challenges and Constraints for knowledge worker Collaboration. Ken Bonenberger presents the VS Matrix system elements. This is a bench mark discussion of the pros/cons, drivers/constraints inherent in adapting a value stream matrix system and its elements.
1:00 p.m.
Knowledge: the Basis for Successful New Product Development
  • Paul Kurth
  • Knowledge Based Product Development Leader (ret)
  • The Toro Company

Achieving growth in competitive markets requires technology and engineering knowledge creation and flow in the product development and engineering operations at Toro. Paul Kurth describes the early challenges Toro faced from lean principles that did not produce critical knowledge at the design engineering level. Paul demonstrates how A3 thinking produced a new, high level ‘body of work’ from design engineers. Critical knowledge resulted that improved new product quality, customer satisfying differentiation and engineering worker satisfaction. Paul will demonstrate tools, A3 thinking, AR-VR visualization. He demonstrates the powerful effect of tools that raised engineers’ engagement, passion for their work, and talent building for knowledge generation and value flow that raised customer interests and satisfaction levels.
2:00 p.m.
Crisis Project Management-Collaboration Enables NPD&E Operations
  • Steve Van Zee
  • Engineering Manager
  • Vermeer Corporation
Product development and engineering people and individuals typically work in offices/spaces/equipment that offer stable work environments. What happens when this environment is disrupted? Does your NPD operation have a plan when a disruption occurs? Stave van Zee describes the day of disruption, danger and distraction when mother nature unleashed her fury in the form of a Tornado on the Vermeer product engineering operations.
3:00 p.m.
Dynamic Customers Drive Process Improvements and People Excellence
  • Todd Stute
  • Director: Corporate Process Excellence
  • Western Digital Corporation

A Collaborative and Very Visual Discussion of Dynamic Customer Needs: Make Your NPD Process Dynamic. The conference product development engineering managers participating from the variety of industries will cross collaborate and discuss the key process and people elements they are working on in their NPD&E operations: ♣ Integrating Upcoming Technologies ♣ Dynamic Learning Cycles Generate Customer Value ♣ Reducing Design Time Using $ economics tradeoff decisions ♣ What does Lean look like in Phase Gate ♣ Innovation Throughout Process: not only at the Fuzzy Front End ♣ Reduce Time to Launch: sharper and savvy decision tools and managers.

WHO ATTENDS SAVVY CONFERENCES?

Design engineering managers, department heads, chief engineers, functional department engineers, product engineers/marketers, directors of product engineering, change management pilot leaders, product test engineering managers, process improvement managers, product engineering development team members and leaders, and all who are responsible for improving product innovation, product development and process improvement in their product engineering operations. The conference is not open to academics, consultants, authors or gurus.

Over 1000 people have participated in Savvy conferences and learning events. They are design engineers, systems engineers, technical and scientific people; product development teams leaders, knowledge specialists, engineering departments heads, engineering support group leaders, continuous improvement managers, process excellence managers, talent build managers, knowledge system managers, and others whose mission is people development, process improvement and productivity increase.

Firms attending Savvy Sponsored Product Development Knowledge Events the partial list of firms below:

Toro, Eaton, Timken, Dana, Sauder, Medtronic, McDonalds, General Mills, TSI, Goodyear, Cooper, Amano Pioneer, Diebold, John Deere, Pella, Genie, Pella, Schram, Cabot, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Nexen, Masonite, Steris/US Endoscopy, Inovonics, UTAS Aerospace, Wil-burt, Cabot Electronics, Cooper, CNH, GE Medical, Crown, Keithley, Knowles, Parker, Actuant, Deluxe, Tennant, Henny Penny, 3M, Shram, Diamond, Emerson, Terex, Ditch Witch, Waterous, HGST, RT technologies, Altec, Toyota, Saris, Andersen, Wet Design, Sub Zero, Harley Davidson, Autobag, CA Companies, Beckman Coulter, Donaldson, Seagate and participants from many other manufacturers that are implementing continuous improvement in their product design engineering organizations.

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 24-25, 2019

Savvy Conference XXVI
Venue: Case New Holland, Burr Ridge, IL

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

The Savvy Consortium's

New Product Development & Engineering Conference XXVII

New Product Development, Innovation & Engineering

Tuesday-Wednesday October 1-2, 2019

The Toro Company

Minneapolis, MN

Learning the NPD&E management concepts, principles, and practices is arduous for most engineering managers. Applying these three requires engineering managers to learn from the actual experiences of high performance Engineering managers working through similar challenges.

This Savvy Conference enables you to build an experience-based understanding of current product innovation and engineering management practices, methods, tools. You will learn how to connect these ‘tools’ with time-tested principles of developing engineers’ talents, people collaboration, process execution, and waste reduction (Lean and Agile).  

If your 2019-20 initiatives require you to drive and build your knowledge and connect the tools, Savvy’s NPD&I&E Conference provides the robust methods to accomplish these initiatives.  You will find it’s always profitable to gain exposure to what others are doing in product development and engineering managers' operations.  New product development and innovation in industries adjacent to your process space are adaptable. By participating in this Savvy NPD&I&E Conference, you will see the Leadership Thinking that Engineering Executives bring to technical products' manufacturing organizations. You will experience and trust the standard principles of Engineering Managers' operating processes and tools that you can ‘bolt on’ to your existing NPD&I&E operations.  This is fundamental to your organization’s success.

A new focus in this Savvy Consortium Conference is “design engineering/manufacturing process”, which is critical to on-time/economically successful new product manufacturing launches.

Tuesday, October 1

Understand and Respect the User’s Interests
  • David Gregor
  • Manager of Advance Systems Safety and Reliability
  • Case New Holland, Inc.
Usability of new product designs, as well as legacy products, requires a mature product development process that focuses on the uses to which the ‘end user’ thinks and experiences the new product. Usability is the focal point, but not the starting point for the design tasks. The starting point is the product’s function and the hazards and risks, seen and unseen, known and unknown. David Gregor presents a mature process of critical knowledge that engineers and project team collaborators need to use at the outset of the project. Most importantly, David will demonstrate an Ethics-driven process that is vital to discovering the knowns/unknowns that shows respect for customer users. This is a waste-free process for reducing the risks and driving the innovations that customers expect in differentiated, smart products and systems. David will engage the audience in a practical exercise that attendees can use in their project team learnings.
Building Talent and Organizing Engineers for Growth: Scope Focus on Multi Design Variables 
  • Bryan Flood
  • Engineering Manager
  • HydraFlex Corporation
Fast pace growth in a small corporation often results in engineers and technical service people ‘chasing’ after all the product design variables that pop up in their daily work. The fast learning cycles that HydraFlex is experiencing has enabled Bryan Flood to integrate functional engineering while expanding the engineering services necessary in the high growth culture. Bryan will demonstrate experiences the benefits of investing in high impact learning cycles compared with low impact learning cycles. The resulting expansion of HydraFlex’s lab equipment and testing skills show why the value stream continues to grow.
Complex Product Design and Operations Development: DEV-OPS
  • Gene Kania
  • Director of Program Management
  • Broadcom, Incorporated (Chicago)
Complex Product design engineering is successful when the new product is manufacturable in assembly operations. The first step is to map out the tasks from start to finish and includes a visual of the stream of knowns/unknowns, risks and solutions, and the possible waste efforts/useless knowledge that the development team will have to address (both by design engineers and manufacturing engineers). Gene Kania presents the ‘back to fundamentals’ process tasks and people involvement in solving the problems, converting unknowns into knowns while simultaneously making the value building flow from design to assembly. Gene will present the key driver for this process: the executive leader who expects the collaborative work to be done at the operating level. The result: a waste free, smooth flow DEV-OPS problem solving, people respecting system delivering customer-satisfying, differentiated product systems.
Usability: Critical Knowledge for Design Engineering
  • Speaker TBA
What do engineers know about the actual use of the products they design? What do they know about the customer users’ interaction with products. Are use instructions clear, intuitive and coherent? What about use context: current knowledge of the use environment, user error, space where new products really used, how used? Safety, reliability, ergonomics, efficient use, risks, and more. The speaker will show experiences in learning the elements of the user interface system made Visual: people, tasks, touch, line of sight, equipment, lighting, light, air, air flow, efficiency This presentation demonstrates visually, conceptually and describes practically the elements of customer use that design engineers need to identify and solve problems, design product functions and thereby differentiate their products that satisfy customers.

Wednesday, October 2

Design engineering/manufacturing Process: Panel of NPD and MFG Engineering Managers
  • Panel of NPD and MFG Engineering Managers
The process of transferring critical engineering knowledge from new product design engineers to manufacturing engineers leaves many process problems unsolved. While the root cause of the manufacturing process problems is most often in the product design engineering process, the operations challenges require improvements. This panel will discuss the challenges that repeat and the process tools they use to improve their operations.
Initiate a Pilot to Enable the Process Improvement
  • Angela Hendershott
  • Industrial Design Engineering & Product Information Management
  • Deluxe Corporation
Getting high performance output from diverse teams of people that have not performed efficiently previously creates challenges that must be solved. The specific elements of the problem that needed solutions and the way to address the issues pointed to a “pilot” management approach. This Pilot creates learning that enables people to collaborate at high performance levels. Angela describes how she conducted an organizational assessment, how she utilized a myriad of tools and applied a variety of resources. She formulated a Pilot approach to cultivate a ‘culture of execution’. Angela describes the team and how they established a clear direction for their purpose, goals, tools, and accountability. She explains her metrics for assessing the impact to business results, cultural underpinnings, and decision-making autonomy.
Adapting Lean Methods in an R&D Driven Technology Development Engineering Process
  • Becky Tallon
  • Engineering Director -- Water Treatment Technology
  • A.O. Smith Corporation
Becky Tallon shares her initiatives, and challenges, in adapting Lean tools and methods to improve technology transfer and better integrate Product Development and Engineering Projects with R&D teams, who use different tools and methods to solve problems and generate knowledge. Product Development and Engineering Projects incorporate shorter learning cycles and rich personal collaboration among the technical knowledge people. Product design engineers employ tools and methods that require better resource utilization, greater collaboration, and more frequent pivot points. R&D teams use scientific depth for their problem-solving knowledge generation and technology development, but are often farther removed from the voice of customer, have less collaboration with other departments, and need to take more technical risks. Becky describes how bringing the differences to light enables better R&D and NPD processes, allowing high performance New Product Development teams to better collaborate with R&D people.

WHO ATTENDS SAVVY CONFERENCES?

Design engineering managers, department heads, chief engineers, functional department engineers, product engineers/marketers, directors of product engineering, change management pilot leaders, product test engineering managers, process improvement managers, product engineering development team members and leaders, and all who are responsible for improving product innovation, product development and process improvement in their product engineering operations. The conference is not open to academics, consultants, authors or gurus.

Over 1000 people have participated in Savvy conferences and learning events. They are design engineers, systems engineers, technical and scientific people; product development teams leaders, knowledge specialists, engineering departments heads, engineering support group leaders, continuous improvement managers, process excellence managers, talent build managers, knowledge system managers, and others whose mission is people development, process improvement and productivity increase.

Firms attending Savvy Sponsored Product Development Knowledge Events the partial list of firms below:

Toro, Eaton, Timken, Dana, Sauder, Medtronic, McDonalds, General Mills, TSI, Goodyear, Cooper, Amano Pioneer, Diebold, John Deere, Pella, Genie, Pella, Schram, Cabot, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Nexen, Masonite, Steris/US Endoscopy, Inovonics, UTAS Aerospace, Wil-burt, Cabot Electronics, Cooper, CNH, GE Medical, Crown, Keithley, Knowles, Parker, Actuant, Deluxe, Tennant, Henny Penny, 3M, Shram, Diamond, Emerson, Terex, Ditch Witch, Waterous, HGST, RT technologies, Altec, Toyota, Saris, Andersen, Wet Design, Sub Zero, Harley Davidson, Autobag, CA Companies, Beckman Coulter, Donaldson, Seagate and participants from many other manufacturers that are implementing continuous improvement in their product design engineering organizations.

SAVE THE DATE: October 1-2, 2019

Savvy Conference XXVII
Host: The Toro Company: Bloomington, MN

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