"Don is a dynamic and influential resource who
effortlessly transfers knowledge, leverages experience and
provides clarity to typical product development pitfalls. He has
a knack of challenging existing paradigms and offering more
insightful approaches to enable excellence. Your eye-opening
experience is a seminar away."
Director of Engineering
Global Robust Product Design
"This workshop outlays the true lean
ways to improve any product development path with clear and
Engineering Product Innovation
and presentation. "real life" examples provided great
clarification. I am convinced that lean method can be
implemented with ease and success. Instructor
is well versed and presents material in an understandable and
easy communicative manner."
Door Team Leader
Marvin Windows & Doors
"One of the most useful seminars I
Lincoln Food Service
"thought provoking economic basis for decisions, queue analysis
- things I hadn't really considered prior to this course"
Manager, Electrical Engineering
Badger Meter, Inc.
"Two very good take-aways are:
- stage gate PDP is flawed in
implementation - we will have to rewrite our process
- usefulness of the cost of
Also, lots of good reinforcement for small batch sizes"
Husky Injection Molding
“I was very encouraged to have rigor and benefit #’s associated
with “common sense,” which is often opposed to required work
processes and approaches. Using analytical tools will help me
form and articulate recommendations that will be believed and
have positive business impact.”
Sr. Manager, Engineering
"Many of the concepts and tools address issues and frustrations
that I have experienced in product development. I am energized
to bring them to my work."
Group Manager R&D
"Excellent session! Excellent instructor! Very informative...The
course does an excellent job applying lean principles and
methods to product development process."
"Instructor extremely knowledgeable and insightful across a wide
range of industries."
Manager of Systems Engineering
"This workshop was very valuable.
We're going home with lots of ideas in how to approach improving
our R&D organization. The idea of taking small steps to improve
a piece of the process quickly is a good approach."
Product Development Director
"Good solid focus on product
development - introduced new concepts and also served to
reinforce core ideas from his product development books and tied
it all together nicely. Very practical, experience-based
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
"The commonality and desire to
successfully implement new projects are gathered in one room.
This gathering of various companies sharing common issues is
comforting. We don't feel like we're on this deserted island
"A secondary benefit is the side
discussions during meals and breaks. The group consists of
people dealing with similar issues. Hearing how they dealt with
items and discussing their needs was very helpful."
Hardware Design Manager
"Best linkage I've seen of LEAN
techniques /terminology to design/development activities."
Design Quality Lead
"Very useful, especially since it
was a smaller, more intimate group. Content was exceptional and
applies to so many and varied industries...Don is an excellent
speaker in keeping all participants involved and engaged."
AVP, Director Product Development
Federal Home Loan Bank
"Great points about how to apply
lean to R&D, especially around the information flow
applications...Good illustration of the differences between
manufacturing and R&D."
"Excellent presentation of the key
differences between lean in manufacturing and in New Product
Director, Program Management
"This was a great discussion and I
learned a lot about lean development and process technique. The
information that I obtained will be an asset for my company as
we evolve our PD/PM processes."
Senior Scientist, Project Analyst