7th R&D Product Development Innovation Summit (InnSum07)

Venue: Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center

Location: Norwood, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 22, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 24, 2009
Registration Date: Sep 18, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jul 24, 2009
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The ability of top managers and professionals to direct and manage Innovation in their companies is the focus of the 7th R&D - Product Development Innovation Summit. The Innovation Summit will be held Tue/Wed/Thur September 22-24, 2009 in metro Boston. The Innovation Summit is a fact and data driven three-day seminar and workshop focused on the select areas of innovation and intellectual property that are tangible and actionable by corporations and their managers.

Summit Description

Our quantitative approach to innovation in R&D, Product Development, and Product Commercialization activities emphasizes benchmarking both current performance and leading trends regarding issues that top professionals have to deal with and the decisions that they have to make. For example, do you know which activities and techniques your company currently uses that contribute the most to innovation versus those that simply improve execution? Technical Feasibility Analysis is one of the six most innovative techniques! For example, do you know that there are over 250 available tools and techniques your company could choose to deploy that would likely increase overall creativity and innovativeness? And, that there are about 50 tools worth considering. Some actually increase domain knowledge!

Has your company incorporated any of these innovation tools into its Product Development Process to complement DOE, FMEA, Design Reviews and the numerous other execution-oriented tools that dominate most PDPs? For example, do you know the metrics that are emerging in industry that best capture and/or drive innovative behavior and results at the corporate level? A new "Return On Innovation - ROI" formula is one of them! For example, do you know how to categorize and communicate your registered and unregistered Intellectual Property to maximize market capitalization values by Wall Street analysts? Some frameworks are now several years in practice and are giving companies a leg up on their competitors!

The 8 Innovation Modules

The content of the Summit is organized into 8 modules. The duration of each module and the flow over the three days is in our Summit ATaGLANCE which is downloadable from the Summit home page, along with the Summit Brochure. A list of Companies that have attended previous Summits and selected Testimonials from prior participants are also viewable. In summary, the eight modules are:

1. Best Practice Innovation Processes
2. Corporate-Level & Tactical-Level Innovation Drivers
3. Innovation Enablers & Tools: 5 Groups & 50 Items
4. Three Key Innovation Tools & Techniques
5. Semantic Technologies & Knowledge-Enabled Innovation
6. Best Practice IP Valuation, Management, & Communication
7. Open & Outsourced Innovation Frameworks
8. Innovation Metrics & Rewards

In addition at this Summit, GGI will be presenting the set of results of our 2008 Primary Research on Tangible Innovation: Innovation Environment, Innovation Processes, Innovation Branding, Innovation Tools, and Top C-Level Innovation Metrics. Two hundred corporations participated! As we plan on sharing a majority of the 2008 Primary Research at the Summit, we will also be giving each Summit participant a complimentary pdf copy of the 100+ page findings and conclusions document as a bonus along with permission for the document posted to your company intranet for the use of all employees. This is a significant value when combined with the Summit.

Who Should Come

Our overall approach to the Summit is geared to top-level professionals that manage entire organizations, departments, budgets, and senior program management executives. Numerous companies have brought teams of officers ranging from three to ten in size in the quest to develop an improved and systematic ability to innovate across their employee base. Directors and leaders of technology and product creation activities will gain a high level understanding of what is available to them to systematically embed a culture of innovation, and approaches and alternatives for implementation. Selected techniques will be discussed as examples to illustrate the range of options available. The techniques that a "pure innovator strategy" company might pursue are often different than a company that wishes a "balanced product portfolio strategy." Please be sure though, the level of discussion at this Summit is geared to top management and their ability to direct these activities.

Early Bird Registration Ends July 24, 2009.

Early Bird Discounts are $200 per individual. Teams of 3 or more receive an additional $224 per individual, amounting to a discount over $400 per person.

Reserve your place today - space is limited. Visit the Summit Home Page to Register.

Summit Faculty

This Summit will be led by Bradford L. Goldense, an internationally recognized expert on R&D and product development innovation and metrics. He will be accompanied by John M. Cronin, perhaps the nation's leading authority on intellectual property management and valuation. John R. [Dick] Power, a subject matter expert in program and project delivery, will instruct and lead discussions. Together, the three faculty have over one-hundred years of industry experience. There will be one guest speaker, Stephen Brown who will join us to discuss a world-class Innovation Tool for about an hour.


Our location is convenient from either Boston-Logan or Providence-Green [great rates] airport. Mention GGI's Summit when you call the hotel. This newly upgraded Sheraton Conference Facility is completely wi-fi, has all amenities, a great walking trail, and boasts a five star chef. For more information about the conference hotel, alternative hotel accommodations, transportation, restaurants, and other information, please visit the I'm Already Registered web site that may be found through the Summit Home Page.

For more information about Goldense Group, Inc. [GGI], a twenty-three year old internationally recognized company in the areas of product development and measurement, go to GGI’s Home Page at www.goldensegroupinc.com, or give us a call at 781-444-5400.

We hope you will be able to join us in September for some Tangible Innovation!


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Additional Information

Early Bird Rates through July 24, 2009