Buffalo Niagara Chapter Events

    The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of PDMA is proud to bring you interesting, educational, and entertaining events. Our programming spans a variety of topics for product developers with the intention to provide something for everyone, be you new to product development or a seasoned professional. Every event is structured to encourage collaboration between presenter and audience members. We value the opportunities to meet, collaborate, and learn from others in our community. We hope to see you at an upcoming eventcheck back often for new event information. 

    Next Event:  None planned for 2014 - If interested in sponsoring an event, contact john_spero@praxair.com



    Past Events

    Topic:  Are You “VOC Ready”? Assessing Your Voice of the Customer Competence

     When:  May 22, 2014, 6-8 PM
    Where:  PCB Piezotronics, Inc., 3425 Walden Avenue, Depew, NY 14043-2495 USA 
    Early Bird Code (May15th): u6ujvxfc
    Members and Students: $20
    Student Code: zdaauvbs
    Non-members: $30 

      John Mitchell is a principal at Applied Marketing Science, and leads the firm’s Insights for Innovation practice. John’s work at AMS includes Voice of the Customer studies, QFD, concept development and evaluation, and conjoint analysis.

    John MitchellVoice of the Customer (VOC) is a vital part of New Product Development and Innovation, recognized in numerous academic studies as a best practice, most notably PDMA’s Comparative Performance Assessment Survey (CPAS).  Yet many innovators continue to struggle with making VOC research standard operating procedure at their companies, instead of an occasional event. Old habits—listening only to the sales force, focusing only on top-tier or friendly customers, or failing to use a disciplined process—remain the order of the day. Unless a company creates a strong internal capability in VOC, its innovation success rates will continue to languish.

    AMS has identified what separates the “best” from the “rest,” using 16 criteria within three VOC competencies: Organizational Readiness, Tactical Expertise, and Tools & Infrastructure. In this session, John will share his thoughts about how companies transform VOC from an occasional “check the box” activity—or worse, a management fad—into a sustainable source of customer-driven insights, activities, and growth. (Spoiler Alert: It is not simply “hiring consultants”!)


    Past Events

    Topic:  Simple Strategies for Predictive Project Management
    When:  March 19, 2014, 6-8 PM
    Where:  Insyte Consulting - Larkin on Exchange (Barton Room

    Robert Baim is an executive consultant with a distinguished career in the integration of complex business, technical, IT, and project management processes. He provides senior consulting and training services to numerous Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries. Bob is an Engineer, MBA, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). He served as adjunct professor with Idaho State University in the field of organizational behavior. He maintains the distinction as a Certified Cost Engineer (CCE) from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE).  For more information, his website is AvoidingtheOSphase.com.

    Bob will introduce the concept of the OS Phase in new product development projects and relate his lessons learned on numerous projects across various industries.  Simple OS Phase avoidance strategies for predictive project management will be discussed including Bob's Strategy #35 of being simple, credible and predictive.  Bob will show how the relentless pursuit of scope and identification and mitigation of risk will help everyone improve their project performance. 

    Dr. Peter Allen
    nu Angle Ltd. (London, UK)

    Dr. Peter Allen

    Originally trained as a physicist and undertaking research into innovative multi-layer semiconductor devices, Dr. Peter Allen has 20 years of experience in technology and innovation consulting (Coopers & Lybrand, Sagentia, Monitor Group, and nu Angle).

    Peter is a key contributor to nu Angle's multi-faceted toolkit for identifying, prioritizing, and evaluating key technologies and external solutions to deliver against commercial needs. During his career over the last two decades, he has been exposed to a wide range of industry sectors and technologies: medical devices, fast moving consumer goods, food & drink, rail, automotive, and government R&D labs.


    Peter's Tuesday night presentation - Link

    Technology roadmapping is a topic that is gaining a huge amount of interest amongst the many companies who are looking to invest for growth. Recent economic conditions have led to greater caution; at the same time, there has been a growing desire to invest for growth and develop new revenues by organic innovation, rather than top-line growth via acquisition.

    Roadmapping is one of the tools that you can use to develop robust investment strategies for technologies to support innovation and growth. It can be structured to directly support ‘challenge-led’ innovation and direct ‘open innovation’ programs, as well as identifying opportunities for new IP.

    Many methods for building roadmaps are based leveraging internal knowledge, building timeline pictures and are predominantly workshop-based. They also focus on the roadmap as the output of the work. We believe that there is much more that can be gained by

    • Connecting the roadmap scope directly to the commercial needs of the business – making it less about ‘technology push’
    • Utilizing external subject matter experts to help build a roadmap that goes beyond boundaries set by internal knowledge
    • Building a roadmap that can then be applied to the future strategic direction of a business – i.e. using the knowledge to create commercial advantage, with the roadmap as a ‘means to an end’
    • Incorporating IP analysis into the roadmap to support sustainable innovation
    • Translating the analysis into action plans that can then be assessed by a company’s leadership team –enabling informed investment choices



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    The "I" in Human Innovation May 23, 2017 - 05:00 PM May 23, 2017 - 07:30 PM
    Foundations III June 5, 2017 - 05:00 PM June 5, 2017 - 07:00 PM
    The Art of Innovation Management in the Digital Age July 18, 2017 - 05:00 PM July 18, 2017 - 07:30 PM
    Innovate Carolina Foundations - Part 1 July 25, 2017 - 05:00 PM July 25, 2017 - 07:30 PM
    Service Design Oktoberfest September 1, 2017 - 05:00 PM September 1, 2017 - 07:30 PM
    Innovation Mgt in the Digital Age October 26, 2017 - 05:00 PM October 26, 2017 - 07:30 PM
    Foundations II November 7, 2017 - 05:00 PM November 7, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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    Special thanks to our meeting sponsors

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    Topic:  Technology Roadmapping - Conceptual or Practical Tool for Innovation
    When:  November 12, 2013
    Where:  PCB Piezotronics

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