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s2m presenting Exploratory PD™ at Northwestern University


Just in case you can make it, Kathy Morrissey and Mary Drotar will be presenting Exploratory PD™ at Northwestern University at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, Evanston, IL 60208. It is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th from 6:30-8:30PM. Registration: tinyurl.com/exploratorypd

Exploratory PD™: An Adaptive Product Development Process for a Complex World

This session will provide an alternative approach to the traditional phased and gated process, called Exploratory PD™(ExPD). With ExPD, project uncertainty drives the process versus prescribed documentation and activities. We have reviewed ExPD with over 100 product development practitioners and academics, including conducting two pilots.

The benefits of ExPD includes:
• Speed
• Strategic alignment
• Making uncertainties visible throughout the project
• Developing products that start with the customer
• Real-time project prioritization and resource optimization
• Learning fast from key uncertainties and killing projects quickly
• Adaptability
• Decreased bureaucracy and paperwork
• Better decision-making through team empowerment

ExPD is robust in that it integrates all the important product development system elements; including strategy, process, portfolio management, market understanding, metrics and teams. In addition, we will discuss what it takes to implement ExPD, and if companies are ready to move towards a more adaptive way of developing products. To learn more go to www.exploratorypd.com All attendees will receive the latest ExPD whitepaper.

If you’re unable to make this event, we will be presenting ExPD at the PDMA Chicago Chapter event the first week of March.


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