April 16, 2015

PDMA Visions Rethinks Familiar Concepts

This year's first issue of Visions features articles written by product development leaders who take familiar concepts and turn them on their head.

Are your digital innovations being sabotaged by existing, "status quo" products? Are you following "best practices" that really aren't best practices? Which came first: the innovation process design or the software tool enablement? Get ready to think with our brain-teasing features

In case you missed it, access your copy today!

Member Acess to Visions: Visit the PDMA website, login in to the website and click to download from the 2014 Visions archive.

Non-Member Access to Visions: Please visit the PDMA online store to access all current and past issues of Visions.

If you are interested in writing for upcoming issues of Visions, please contact Managing Editor Dennis Coyle.


Introducing The United States Patent Utility, an innovation service provider. Find the ideas, inventors and institutions that can foster faster innovation and increase efficiency.


Find 1,000+ new products available to manufacture, license, market and more! June 16-18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. Click the INPEX icon to pre-register to attend at no cost!


PDMA Member Benefit: Accessing JPIM Table of Content Alerts

Did you know? PDMA members can sign up to receive the JPIM Table of Contents (TOC) e-alerts directly to their inbox whenever a new issue is published.

To sign up for JPIM TOC alerts:

1. Access JPIM via the Wiley Online Library

2. Select “Get New Content Alerts” under Journal Tools

3. Login or register to receive JPIM e-TOC Alerts

Remember: an electronic subscription to JPIM  is included with PDMA Membership and hard copy subscriptions for members can be purchased here

Click here for more information on how Institutions and Libraries can purchase subscriptions.

PDMA members have full access to JPIM articles dating back to 1984. Login and access JPIM  articles here. Non-members may access abstracts



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.

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Save the Date! PDMA Annual Conference Registration Opens in May Showcase Your Company with PDMA in 2015
Deadline Approaching for Call for Papers: 2015 Annual PDMA Research Forum PDMA Innovation Maturity Model Official Partner Training Session
PDMA Chapter and Global Affiliate Events Congratulations on Your NPDP Certification


Save the Date! Registration for PDMA Annual Conference Opens in May

Save the date for PDMA Annual Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA from November 7-11, 2015!

Registration will officially open in May, so be sure to check back on the PDMA Annual Conference website.

The PDMA 2015 Annual Conference is a five-day collaborative event hosted by the largest association dedicated to product development professionals. It delivers the latest in product and service development knowledge and practices that are applicable to real world situations. Much more information to come!

Showcase Your Company with PDMA in 2015

Are you looking to put your company in front of a rapidly growing community of product developers, industry professionals, consultants, academics and more?

Develop your partnership with PDMA in 2015 by considering our wide array of Year Round Sponsorship Opportunities.

PDMA is proud to share the 2015 PDMA Partner Program - a quick reference for all sponsorship opportunies in the coming year! A few options that may be a fit for your company:

  • Advertisement in Connections E-Newsletter to all PDMA members and prospects
  • Web Banner on the PDMA Homepage
  • Sponsored Webcast through PDMA
  • Advertisement in Visions, PDMA's digital magazine

And more! Let's drive innovation together.Contact the PDMA Sales Team today or check out the Year Round Sponsorship Opportunities page on

Deadline Approaching for Call for Papers: 2015 Annual PDMA Research Forum

PDMA's Annual Research Forum is the premier conference for discourse on new product development (NPD) and innovation research. It is an important forum for intellectual exchange and state-of-the-art research on all aspects of NPD-innovation. For researchers, it is a stimulating international milieu for developing research partnerships and interacting with other academics and with managers. For managers, the forum provides an opportunity to learn of the latest research, reflect on their own practice, and engage with innovation thought-leaders.

The co-chairs welcome your participation in the Research Forum, including submission of competitive papers, extended abstracts, special sessions, and poster abstracts.Submission Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015

Research Forum Dates: November 7 - 8, 2015 - 2015 PDMA Annual Conference, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California

Submission Guidelines: Papers must be electronically submitted by the deadline (May 4, 2015) to . In your email, please indicate 2015 PDMA Research Forum and the type of submission within the subject line.

Click here for more information or email

PDMA Innovation Maturity Model Official Partner Training Session

"A Flexible Maturity Model for Accelerating Your Product Innovation"

Registration is still open for the Innovation Maturity Model training session which is a program of 2 1/2 days of training that is taking place Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 2015 at PDMA Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Partner trainees will master the principles of the Innovation Maturity Model, their application, and essential knowledge on how to perform assessments or audits, and how to implement the maturity model (resulting in an innovation management system) for user organizations, and if necessary conduct train-the-trainer sessions.

This workshop is offered in the introductory period of PDMA's standards to allow prospective users and consulting/auditing partners to quickly get a firm grasp on its contents and be able to scale the required knowledge in their organizations.

The trainees (max. 30 participants) will receive the PDMA's core set of standards documentation, various tools and templates as course materials needed to assess or train customers in the essentials of the Innovation Maturity Model. They will also receive the slides of the sessions and tools as required. They will also get background support to guide them through their first assessments or consulting projects.

It is the first truly international, public innovation maturity model of its kind, and offers an integrated, coherent view on how organizations, of any kind (profit, non-profit, public) can become and stay innovative. The standards are universal, meaning any organization can adopt it, meaning implement its thorough thinking and structures.

Learn more about and register for the PDMA Innovation Maturity Model Training Session here.

PDMA Chapter and Global Affilate Events

Featured PDMA Chapter Event

Innovate Carolina Conference 2015

There's still time to register for Innovate Carolina 2015 on April 24! At  Innovate Carolina, we'll teach you a few tools to help avoid the same mistakes and make it easier to identify the next big product or service opportunity.  

Each year, the Carolinas Chapter holds a 1-day innovation event featuring local corporations and service providers who are leaders in the innovation and product development space. The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn new techniques or tools and network with other product development and innovation practitioners.

Now in our sixth year, the 2015 theme is “Discovering Customer Needs” which will introduce a range of research, market intelligence and customer insight tools that identify unmet needs and help build better products. We'll hear from service providers and corporate practitioners on techniques ranging from voice of the customer to ethnography and a range of other methods. You'll hear about practical applications of these tools and how they've been effective helping developers and innovators just like you create compelling new products.

Find more information about Innovate Carolina 2015 and register today.

Featured PDMA Global Affiliate Event

13th PDMA e.V. Networking Event -- Hosted by Europe's leading future think tank - the Zukunftsinstitut in Frankfurt/Main

PDMA e.V., the affiliate for German speaking countries, will conduct its 13th networking event on Wednesday, May 6 in Frankfurt/Main.

The event will be hosted by Europe's leading think tank for future studies, the Zukunftsinstitut. The afternoon event focuses on the topic "Society of tomorrow - recognizing and utilizing mega trends". Speakers and participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the principles of mega trend research in general as well as selected mega trends in detail.

Speakers will not only come from the Zukunftsinstitut, but also TrendOne - another leading trend agency from Hamburg.

For registration and more info, please email or find all event details here. Participation for PDMA members is free of charge.

All Upcoming PDMA Chapter Events

NPDP Certified Individuals March 2015

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

Craig Dillman  
Gerald McNerny Spectrum Brands
Ivar Kappert Fokker Aerostructures
Kevin McCreery  
Kwame Watkins Sodexo