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2 - D A Y  W O R K S H O P
Flexible Product Development:
Techniques for Thriving in Fast-Moving and Uncertain Markets

 Dates & Location:
 August 8-9, 2006
/ Chicago, IL

Course Instructor:
Preston G. Smith
Developing Products in Half-the-Time

About the Instructor

Preston Smith began specializing in rapid product development in 1984 as an internal consultant, became an independent management consultant concentrating on time-to-market issues in 1986, and earned Certified Management Consultant (CMC) standing in 1990. He has led more than 100 workshops in 24 countries worldwide on advanced product development topics and has taught product development courses at several universities. Companies that have attended his workshops include: Siemens, Sony, Motorola, Medtronic, Nestle, Philips, Samsung, DaimlerChrysler, and Honeywell. Over a twenty-year period, he held engineering and management positions with North American Aviation (now part of Boeing), Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, IBM, Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), and General Motors Research Laboratories.

Preston is co-author of the popular book, Developing Products in Half the Time. Over 100,000 copies of this book are in use by managers in many industries. In addition, he has authored several handbook chapters and dozens of published articles on product development. Preston is book review editor for the Journal of Product Innovation Management. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University, and is a member of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Society of Concurrent Product Development (SCPD).

His interest in flexible product development began several years ago when he observed companies hamstrung by rigid development processes in fast-changing markets. He has learned about flexibility by participating in the rapid prototyping community (keynote speaker at six rapid prototyping conferences) and more recently in the agile software development community, where he was keynote speaker at the 2004 Agile Development Conference and was a founder of the Agile Project Leadership Network ( Preston is a member of the Agile Alliance.