October 23 , 2014

Membership Renewals

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PDMA offers both domestic and international membership options. Contact with questions about renewing or joining as a new member.

PDMA's Career Center: How Can We Help You?

Job Seekers: Connect with employers who are looking for your skills and experience. Tired of searching through hundreds of job postings to find your next opportunity? Your search is about to become easier. Click here to visit the PDMA Career Center and browse hundreds of open product developement and innovation positions.

Employers: The best and brightest product development and product management professionals are PDMA members. Access this targeted and qualified pool of talent by advertising your jobs on the PDMA Career Center. Take advantage of the benefits today!

Harness the magic of innovation and align your strategic objectives with your product and service development plans at HBS Executive Education's Leading Product Innovation program.

Develop Your Team. Invest in a PDMA Corporate Membership.

PDMA Corporate Membership helps companies take their new product development commercialization to the next level by focusing on improving employee productivity, tools and processes.

Whether your company needs help creating new product ideas, marketing new products or providing insights into your customers, PDMA provides the knowledge and resources your company needs to succeed.

Read more about the benefits of PDMA Corporate Membership.

Proto Labs produces custom prototype parts in as quick as one day, helping product designers fail fast, iterate faster (and more often) and confidently launch market-ready products with speed.

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PIM 2014: Successful Innovation in Denver Share Your Insights into Product Development Through Visions
Book Review: Winning with Risk Management PDMA Chapter Events
Congratulations on Your NPDP Certification  


PIM 2014: Successful Innovation in Denver

The once-a-year Product Innovation Management (PIM) Conference just wrapped up this week in Denver, CO! Featuring highly interactive programs and sessions, attendees walked away with actionable ideas and tools to improve innovation practices at their organizations.

On Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, PDMA's Annual Research Forum kicked off as the only event in which both the theory and practice of product development merged in a peer-to-peer exchange of research and methodologies. Annual Research Forum Co-Chairs Wig G. Biemans, associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, and Dr. Fred Langerak, professor of Product Development and Management in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, both brought different interests and perspectives to the table to create a well-rounded Annual Research Forum.

On Monday, October 20 – Wednesday, October 22, the PIM conference workshops provided opportunities for individuals to further hone in on specific product management and innovation goals and niches. The full speaker lineup was impressive, igniting conversation about innovation and more.

For those preparing for the New Product Development Certification (NPDP), two conference workshops highlighted information covered in the exam: strategy, portfolio management, new product management, tools and metrics, market research and more.

Stay tuned for a full recap of PIM 2014, and more information to come on PIM 2015! Also check out what attendees had to say about #PIM14 on Twitter and download the PIM 2014 Advance Program for further details on everything covered in Denver. Thank you to all who attended!

Free NPD-RiskAssessor™ Demo

Understanding and responding to the specifics of risks on individual NPD projects or across a portfolio of projects is major gap in capabilities for many organizations. NPD-RiskAssessor™ is a software tool and statistical model, coupled to experience tested methods and approaches, which enables the very important advancement of risk assessment and management capabilities.

Sign up for a free demo specific to your project today!

Share Your Insights into Product Development through Visions

PDMA invites you to write for its award-winning magazine Visions, a digital publication that provides product developers with “Insights into Innovation.” Open to experts, practitioners, academics and solution providers, Visions submitted articles can include detailed case studies, reports, descriptions of new technology and tools, discussion of trends and more. Each issue of   Visions focuses on educating members about current practices and trends in the new product development world, and strives to capture the latest thinking of product development and management leaders.

If you are interested in writing for Visions, submit your 150-200 word abstract to Managing Editor Dennis Coyle for approval before sending your entire manuscript. Visit the PDMA website for full author guidelines.

Book Review: Winning with Risk Management

By Russell Walker, Review by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, Ph.D., NPDP

Toyota has suffered significant fines, and as Walker points out, correcting brand damage might far exceed the expense of regulatory actions.

Measuring the firm's risk tolerance relative to the industry and close competitors can help a firm minimize the impact and cost of risk events. For example, how does a new product introduction compare to those within a similar industry? Understanding the financial and market risks relative to competitors may reveal vulnerabilities as well as opportunities.

Read more.

PDMA Chapter Events

PDMA Toronto Chapter: "Design Work: A Discussion with Heather Fraser"

Design Works demonstrates how organizations can drive innovation and growth through Business Design - a discipline that integrates design-inspired methods and mindsets into business development and planning. Through inspiring interviews with business leaders, compelling case studies, and a collection of pragmatic tools and tips, Design Works shows you how to:

  • Identify new customer-inspired opportunities to create value
  • Foster a stronger 'human' focus within your organization
  • Harness your team's collective ingenuity to create bigger ideas faster and more efficiently
  • Translate big ideas into strategy and activation

Come join us for an interesting discussion on Design Works with Heather Fraser and receive a copy of her latest book!

Date and Time:
November 6, 2014, 6:30PM - 7:30PM

$40 for PDMA Members, $50 for Non-Members, $20 for Students

*all attendees will receive a copy of Heather's book "Design Works"

Note: The fees above are in Canadian dollars. When you register through the PDMA website, they will charge in US dollars as follows: USD $36 for PDMA members, USD $45 for non-PDMA members, USD $18 for students. 

Read more and register here.

Upcoming Sustainable Innovation SIG Webinar: "Sustainable Innovation through Bio-based Chemicals and Materials

Speakers: Martijn Antonisse of DSM and Paul Landsburg.of the Forest Product Association of Canada

The development of bio-based chemicals and materials has become the focus of innovation for many industries and companies in their efforts to deal with threats such as climate change and dwindling fossil resources. Please join us for this exciting panel discussion as leaders in the bio-materials industry discuss past, present and future opportunities to develop and commercialize bio-materials.

Date and Time: Tuesday November 18, 2014, 11:00 AM ET

Price: Free for Members; $10 for Non-Members

Read more and register here.

All Upcoming PDMA Chapter Events

NPDP Certified Individuals September 2014

Congratulations to the PDMA community members who earned their NPDP certification in September!

David Monteiro Philips
Hai Ho Southern Polytechnic State University
Kuei-Jen Cheng  
Kun-Che Liu Moci
Mike Broglio Dentsply
Shun-Yuan Cheng Merits Health Products Ltd.
Vania Velloso Ingredion
Tsai-Hsia Hong