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

Welcome and Opening Presentation
  • Grant Young
  • General Manager Commercial Division
  • The Toro Company
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.
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.
Usability: Critical Knowledge for Design Engineering
  • Nicole Hollopeter
  • Director of Human Factors 
  • Steris/US Endoscopy
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.
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.

Wednesday, October 2

Virtual Reality-Augmented Reality Demonstration
  • Tom Feldmann
  • Sr. Principal Systems Specialist
  • Engineering Technical Services
  • The Toro Company
Visual Management Transformation: Breaking down the walls when scaling your Lean/Agile system
  • Chad Mitchell
  • Manager, HDD R/W Channel Integration
  • iObeya VVM WDC Business Owner
  • HDD RSS Clarity Champion
  • Western Digital
Transforming the human interaction processes, collaboration and co-operation, in multi-location cross functional development teams requires savvy observation and intelligent diagnostics. Chad Mitchell will present his experiences designing and using iObeya for Lean/Agile teams. He will show how the complementing hardware system can work together with iObeya to create team interactions that virtualize the physical obeya room.  He will demonstrate the setup for SAFe agile release trains (ARTs) and scrum rooms that enable the engineers to verbally/visually interact with each other in daily stand-up meetings, retrospectives, and PI planning.  He can demonstrate the connectivity with the Jira database that create a complementary set of tools to improve the overall flow of information.  The impact?  Most companies do not have the luxury of being co-located for R&D. This solution is meant to break down the physical walls and close the time zones between the teams without giving up human interaction that is essential to successful teams.
The Pursuit of Excellence as a Foundation for NPD: Virtues at Work
  • Deborah Savage, Ph.D.
  • Clinical Professor of Philosophy/Theology/Executive MBA
  • University of St. Thomas
Implementing Reinertsen: A Lean Case Study
  • Steve Zielinski
  • Senior Systems Engineering Manager
  • Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific R&D started their lean journey years ago with the adoption of Agile (namely - Scrum). The adoption of Scrum improved many things, but difficult problems remained unsolved or reappeared: the project portfolio grew, the organization was rigid in the presence of change, silos appeared and grew stronger among the functional groups, and projects began suffering schedule overruns. Over the last year, BSC R&D has returned to the foundations of lean/agile. Using Donald Reinertsen's Principles of Product Development Flow as the cornerstone to guide improvements, BSC’s R&D teams are re-discovering lean and driving organizational change. Steve will share the lessons learned with a focus on practical and specific suggestions to accelerate the change in your business.
The ‘Big Room’ Initiative: Why, How, What
  • Rajeshwar Adupala, Chief Engineer – Compacts, Loaders and Attachments
  • CNH Industrial
  • Todd Stute, Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Savvy Consortium

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.

The Savvy Consortium's

New Product Development & Innovation Engineering Conference XXVIII

New Product Development and Innovation Engineering

Performance Excellence

Thursday-Friday April 23-24, 2020

Cleveland, OH

The Savvy Consortium produces its 28th New Product Development and Innovation Engineering Conference for the PD & engineering managers’ community.  This Conference is the knowledge rich event of 2020. It is all about the daily work of product development engineering people, processes, tools and practical methods; from start up to the production and launch of customer-satisfying products.

The Savvy Conference Speakers are New Product Development and Engineering manager leaders who present their experiences with processes, tools, collaboration methods and operating principles to ‘get the work done’. They demonstrate how they improve their engineers’ talents, prioritize their projects and improve their work flow; at the development team, engineering support and management levels.  They emphasize the flow of innovation and the knowledge work that delivers value to their customers, without delays. 

Savvy Conference engineer presenters provide you valuable deliverables:  visual tools and how they use them.  They equip you to show/demo them with your design engineers.  These Savvy Product Development Conference demonstrations provide unique, practical learning.  Savvy Conferences feature product development and engineering managers only; no gurus, consultants and authors who distract you with their interests.

The Savvy Consortium emphasizes the “strategic good work” of new product development and innovation engineering people. What is this ‘strategic good work’?  Simply stated: “by our work, we put bread on the table and continually advance science and technology for the betterment of mankind (customers, markets, and technical knowledge workers).”

Hear, see and interact with these product development engineering manager speakers and re-energize your organization to build better work cultures, to adapt useful methods and to collaborate with customers in the “strategic good work” of new product development.

Register now for the Savvy Conference.  

Thursday, April 23

High Performance VOC Essentials in B2B Product Development Process
  • Margot Beesley
  • B2B Marketing and New Product Development
  • HC Companies

Clearly understanding and articulating what customers want is a primary unknown on the fuzzy front end of New Product Development. Customers' problems they’re trying to solve, their desired outcomes, and the work they’re trying to do is critical knowledge. Effective customer interaction to learn their practices and their expectations is critical to a successful project start up and contributes massive value to Learning Cycles throughout the NPD Process.   Margot Beesley will detail her experiences and show how to capture that information, how to engage true listening and probing skills, and how to let the customer identify what features/attributes are MOST critical. This knowledge can be used throughout the development process to keep projects on track (preventing scope creep) as well as throughout customer interaction touch points. Margot will engage the audience in an interactive that will improve engineering customer visits, enable highly productive engineering work and focus on value to the customer, in their own words.
User-Interface Design Study: Rapid Prototyping for Rapid Learning Cycles

  • Damon Jurkiewicz
  • Senior Industrial Designer
  • Steris/US Endoscopy
  • Dana Debelak
  • Industrial Designer
Steris designs high performance mechanisms for the healthcare/surgical industry. Early adopters of set based design concurrent engineering practices, the Steris design team adapted set based design principles to allow for rapid prototyping in order to employ “fail fast, fail early” thinking as a way to reduce learning cycles. Damon and Dana will show their methods and engage participants in a user study, thus modeling their thinking and practices. Their methods for engaging engineers to develop alternative and creative design solutions to customer problems will strike a chord with product engineering managers in a variety of industries who are attempting to pilot the ‘best versions’ of this thinking/practice in their design operations.
External Factors and Investments Needed to Deliver Value in Medical Products

  • Jude Currier
  • Lean Product Development Transformation Leader
  • Boston Scientific, former

To develop the value of medical products requires investments in many external factors such as patients, insurance professionals, hospitals, clinicians, societies and a host of administrative personnel and economic buyers. Jude Currier presents his experiences at Boston Scientific in which he details key investments: investments already realized, some from an iterative tech push, some as a solution/tech agnostic need. Jude Currier presents examples of technologies already invested in with pre-existing assumptions about their value, lacking robust knowledge and unmet planning expectations of both time and money. He shows the innovation trends, market shares, product core competencies, vision and mission to understand the value and the risks inherent in the investments. Jude Currier’s experiences, tools and methods make a systematic approach visual. NPD leaders use this knowledge to determine the value of technology investments in a competitive marketplace.

Friday, April 24

Design and Operations Improvement Through a Vendor Crisis

  • Rick Bauer
  • Director, Media Qualification
  • Corporate Technology Services
  • Janelle Hampton
  • Engineering Manager
  • Donaldson Company, Inc.

Manufacturing firms depend on their vendors. What happens when a key vendor experiences production problems? The customer, a manufacturing operation, struggles to meet schedules. Such is the experience of Rick Bauer and Janelle Hampton at Donaldson. They describe a major problem: availability of materials from a single source supplier. They collaborated to redesign their processes. They involved their colleagues in multiple functions to successfully solve unknowns, risks and glitches created by the supply loss. Their practical experiences, especially regarding interactions with a variety of people who react and respond differently to crises, is a valuable lesson in the current climate of unforeseen operational disruptions.
Engineers Adapt ‘Work Virtue Based’ beliefs to Serve Customers

  • Paul LeMay
  • Division Engineering Manager
  • Quick Coupling Division
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation

Many new products were designed, developed and produced by the engineering collaborators at Parker Quick Coupling Division. During the year of this effort, Parker engineers and their managers learned ways to improve their work and build integrity in their collaboration with each other and with customers. Paul LeMay presents his experiences and the outcomes of this work culture adapting the work integrity virtues such as ‘trust, courage, and wise thinking’ (wisdom).
Understand the Risks at the Front End of New Technology Product Design
  • David Gregor
  • Director of Reliance and Quality
  • Agriculture and Industrial Products Operations
  • Case New Holland

Emerging technologies generate a variety risks, often not visible, at the fuzzy front end of a product development project. Risks are surrounded by uncertainty. They are usually hidden or latent. And yet they are important to discover. David Gregor will present live projects and their essential challenges with emerging technologies. He demonstrates risks and tools he uses to help CNH engineers assess risk and design accordingly.

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 23-24, 2020

Savvy Conference XXVIII
Host: Steris/US Endoscopy, Cleveland, OH

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