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NPD Project Innovation 03
October 20-22, 2003 / Fort Worth, TX

Cutting-edge techniques to tackle the chaos, risk, and complexity of NPD projects and generate new revenue and growth

PMI - NPD SIGPresented by Management Roundtable
with support from
the Project Management Institute NPD SIG


New product development projects are unique. While they must be on schedule and budget like other projects, that’s just the baseline. The true measure of success is not how much money or time is saved, it’s how much revenue, growth and competitive advantage is gained.

To get ahead, you must take risks, anticipate sudden changes, and work with ambiguity, yet not compromise quality. You must motivate people who may not report to you, juggle conflicting priorities, make quick decisions -- all while staying sharply focused on the finish line.

To innovate, you can’t use rusty tools -- or the same ones repeatedly.

That is why Management Roundtable, with strong support from the Project Management Institute NPD SIG, is pleased to announce the First International Conference on NPD Project Innovation '03, to be held October 20-22, 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The purpose of NPD Project Innovation '03 is to provide you with an array of cutting-edge techniques, tools and strategies specifically for New Product Development; approaches to tackle risk, unpredictability, and complexity; approaches that allow you to be nimble no matter what curveballs are thrown your way.

This comprehensive event will bring together a topnotch faculty of renowned experts and industry leaders to share both what they have done and what they recommend. They will tell you how to lead and drive projects that run the gamut from fast-track, high-risk, difficult and "bet the farm" to global, outsourced, co-developed, and large-scale complex programs.

They will tell you which approaches to use when, what fads to avoid, how not to get stuck in a rut, why you need more than one, and how to put them together.

Case studies and roundtables will focus on three key areas:

  1. Innovative processes and techniques: How to apply new management approaches and tools as well as how to work with agile, lean, six sigma, critical chain and stage-gate methods in new ways
  2. Managing information: Rapid decision-making, dealing with chaos, tracking and allocating resources, performance measurement, using IT tools
  3. Leadership and motivation: How to go from simply monitoring projects to truly leading them; how to inspire and align team members (including external partners, customers and suppliers)

By participating, you will come away with a fresh perspective and reinvigorated ability to lead NPD projects -- from concept to test to delivery, from single to multiple – to generate innovation, growth and revenue.


NPD Project Innovation ’03 is ideal for experienced project / portfolio and program managers who are looking for a distinct competitive edge. This is not generic project management – the focus is specifically on NPD and innovation, on real-world lessons from real NPD practitioners that can be adapted to different NPD environments. Specifically this conference is recommended for VPs, Directors, and Managers of Product Development, Program Management, R&D, as well as for NPD project and program leaders. As a kick-off for new initiatives or for overall performance improvement, NPD teams are encouraged to attend together.