September 5 , 2013

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Book Review
Managing Projects: A Practical Guide for Learning Professionals

Book by Lou Russel
Review by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, NPDP

While Lou Russell's “Managing Projects is directed toward learning professionals, new product development professionals (NPDP) and innovation practitioners can most certainly benefit from her basic approaches. Organized to bring together soft skills development with visual project management tools, this book is easy-to-read in chronological order or to reference the odd chapter as needed.

Chapter 1 emphasizes the need for effective planning, as indicated by the apropos title of “Start Well to End Well.” The author couples historical lack of project success with negative emotions, like stress and frustration. Learning that “project success through good project management is all about communication” (p. 3) sets the stage for defining “clear and measurable criteria” (p. 7) for the project.

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PDMA's PIM 13 Early Bird Conference Registration is ending September 14th, so make sure to register today before the rates increase!

At PIM 13 you'll examine real-life innovation problems and discover new lessons as you pool resources amongst your peers. At our new Brains-On Interactive Sessions, each keynote will prepare a post-session activity so you can immediately drive the lessons home. These small-group working sessions are designed to give you invaluable feedback straight from the experts themselves. Read on and see who's featured in this year's Brain Trust.

Want more hands-on, practical applications? The Innovation Challenge Workshops will take place throughout PIM 13 and will feature topics like corporate case studies, innovation hurdles, agile innovation, portfolio development and more.

PDMA Award Winner

2013 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award Winners

The 2013 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award Winners are Baker Hughes and Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores.

“Baker Hughes and Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group both demonstrate corporate commitment to innovation, as well as a focus on providing unique solutions to challenging customer problems to gain competitive advantage,” said Sally Evans Kay, Chair, OCI Selection Committee. At PIM 13, these two companies will detail the practices and processes instrumental to their innovation success, providing valuable learning opportunities for the new product development and innovation community.

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2013 Dissertation Proposal Award Winner

PDMA is pleased to announce the winner of its 2013 Dissertation Proposal Competition, Nicole Lasky of the School of Marketing, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.

A prestigious judging panel deemed her dissertation work, titled “Integrating Skunk Works and Innovative Individuals for Radical Innovation” (supervised by Dr. Tania Bucic) best reflected the mission of the PDMA and showed exceptional potential to add to both scholarly and practical knowledge in the field.

Ms. Lasky will be presenting her work at the Research Forum portion of the PDMA’s Product Innovational Management (PIM) conference, October 26-30 in Phoenix, AZ.