Sept. 2016

2017 Board of Directors Nominations Due in One Week
Are you seeking a leadership role within PDMA? Don't forget that the call for nominations for the 2017 PDMA Board of Directors is now open. Per the PDMA Bylaws, all individual members in good standing are eligible for nomination except PDMA Student Members.

To review the complete 2017 Nomination Packet, including the Candidate Recommendation Form and the open position description for 2017, please click here
The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, September 23, 2016. Completed nomination forms may be sent to PDMA Headquarters or via fax to (312) 673-6885.

The Nominating Committee is charged, to the best of its ability, with taking into consideration the experience and demographics of the membership as it formulates the slate. The Committee will select two candidates for the position available for the slate of two (2) Directors. 

The new Directors will take office on January 1, 2017 for a three (3) year term.

For questions regarding the nominations process or submissions, please contact PDMA Headquarters at (800) 232-5241 or via email.


Hotel Discounts for Annual Conference Expire Friday, September 16!
PDMA's hotel discount ends Friday, September 16. Make a reservation before it's too late! 
Visit the PDMA website to view alternative hotel options and use the complimentary PDMA concierge to find rooms available in Atlanta.


Gain Exclusive Access to Award-Winning Experts and Executives at the PDMA Annual Conference
After spectacular reviews, the Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award (OCI) Executive Panel returns to this year's PDMA Annual Conference, October 16-19 in Atlanta, GA.
Senior innovation executives from OCI Award-winning companies such as BD, The Clorox Company, Herman Miller and New Pig share valuable insights about how their organizations' innovation practices continue to evolve to meet ever-changing market challenges.

Want a sneak peek into what you'll learn during the OCI Executive Panel?
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get "under the hood" of the top innovative companies in the country and learn how to:
  • Foster and sustain a culture of innovation
  • Build innovation capabilities
  • Accept, celebrate and adjust after failure
  • Evolve better practices and processes
Make sure to catch up with these innovation experts after the panel and during conference networking opportunities such as the OCI Reception and between sessions.

We hope you'll join us in Atlanta! Learn more about city offerings and hotel details online here. Be sure to take a tour via the video below!

Missed Visions Issue 2 This Summer? 
In this pre-conference issue of Visions, take a break from your normal activity to learn how product development experts have successfully executed breakthrough innovation. Feature articles include:
  • The Power of Design Thinking: How Historical Design Movements Helped Share Organizations' Design Identities
  • Breaking the Mold: A Conversation with Dr. Gina O'Connor
  • The Back of the Envelope: The Science, Art and Magic of Idea Generation
  • Predicting Disruptive Activity
In addition to these feature articles, this special issue of Visions provides a robust section to get you geared up for the 2016 PDMA Annual Conference, October 16-19, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. The pre-conference section includes exclusive information about keynote presenters, hailing from renowned companies such as Travelocity; NCAA Digital; Position & Direction; and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Also, don't forget to check out some interesting facts about the host city.

Access this issue here! 

PDMA Chapters and International Affiliates Highlights

PDMA Utah Explores the "Internet of Things (IoT)" at Successful Summer Event

The  PDMA Utah Chapter's August meeting 
drew 44 attendees, including the featured speaker Robert Workman and his wife. Robert Workman, a local entrepreneur and product developer, presented "Making Products That Matter." Workman's presentation drew from his vast experience.
  • Developer of the Cricut electronic cutting machine (Provo Craft), which sold for $56 million
  • Founder of TIFIE (Teaching Individuals and Families Independence through Enterprise)
  • Started Goal Zero, a systems approach to portable power, which sold to a large energy firm
  • Founder of Barebones, a new line of simple yet durable shelters and cast iron cooking implements that competes with Lodge
Read a full recap of the successful event online here.

Upcoming PDMA e.V. Event
PDMA members are invited to the PDMA e.V. event "LaFutura" November 14-17, 2016 in Singapore. As Asia is a remarkable innovation ecosystem not often focused on in the western world, the affiliate will be attending the following modules:
  • November 14: Trend and Innovation Journey in Singapore 
  • November 15: LaFutura: Meet the top trend spotters and futurologists from all over the world 
  • November 16-17: Join the Tech in Asia in Jakarta with over 4,000 startups
Read more information herePDMA members receive a 10% discount using the code "PDMA". The e.V. Affiliate hopes to see you in Singapore!
Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) 
Access the September 2016 Issue of JPIM Online Now! 

Login using your member or non-member login to access abstracts or full articlesCheck out a feature article:

The Agile-Stage-Gate Hybrid Model: A Promising New Approach and a New Research Opportunity

Agile development methodologies have been widely employed in the software industry, where they have been found to yield positive results. But can these new methods, with their new tools such as sprints, scrums, burndown charts, and backlogs, really be integrated with the traditional and popular Stage-Gate approach and then applied to physical products? Initial but limited evidence suggests yes: Larger IT firms have already integrated Agile and Stage-Gate and gained the benefits of both approaches; and most recently, a handful of manufacturing firms have employed this Agile-Stage-Gate hybrid model for physical new products. And if recent evidence can be trusted, this new approach promises to be the most significant change to our thinking about how new-product development should be done since the introduction of today's popular gating systems 30 years ago. 

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.

Connect With PDMA
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Congratulations on Your NPDP Certification!
Congratulations to the PDMA community members who earned their NPDP Certification in August 2016! Learn more about NPDP Certification.

Bin Hu
Chen Ma
Jean-Jacques Vergaeghe
Junrui Guan
Patrick Weller
Pei Juan Wang
In This Issue

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Refer a Friend to PDMA
Are you a current PDMA member and know someone who would benefit from joining PDMA? 
Participate in the Refer a Friend Campaign to receive $50 for each new member you recruit. 

Simply have them enter your name in the "Referred By" section in the membership application. At the end of the quarter, we'll send you check. Easy as that.
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View the 2016 Partner Program - a quick reference for all sponsorship opportunities in the coming year!


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Earn PDHs for NPDP Recertification by writing a book review for PDMA! Learn how here.


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Feedback and Submissions
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Upcoming Chapter and Global Affiliate Events
Carolinas Chapter 
September 27, 2016
Commercializing New Technology to Impact the Human Condition

New York/New Jersey Chapter 
September 29, 2016
Non-Stop Networking Night

Boston Chapter 
October 4, 2016
Getting Product Portfolio Management Right

Chicago Chapter 
October 7, 2016
Breakfast Club Downtown

Chicago Chapter 
October 11, 2016
Evening Program Downtown

Carolinas Chapter 
October 13, 2016
Innovation Foundations - Part 1

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