Innovation Engineering

Innovation Engineering Workshop

Thursday, April 3, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Location:  Chippewa Valley Technical College, 403 Technology Drive East, Menomonie, WI  54751


Innovation Engineering is a reliable way to build a culture of innovation.  It transforms innovation from a random event to a reliable, scientific system that increases innovation speed up to 6x and decreases risk anywhere from 30 to 80%. Using this approach, companies are realizing 250% improvement in the success of the ideas they put into development and insuring future growth by creating a pipeline of ideas and a culture of behaviors that move innovation.  See this testimonial from DR Power’s CEO, Joe Perrotto  

During this day long workshop, you and your team will be exposed to a new way of thinking about innovation.   Prior to arriving you will be asked to watch three videos preparing you for the “homework” to be completed during the workshop.  You will come away with a strategy for adapting your current products and services to new customers and a way to lead the development of new profitable products and services.

Who Should Attend
Executive leadership, decision makers, team leaders, department heads, and market planning personnel.  You will be assigned "homework" one week prior to the workshop and must have a laptop or data phone with you at the workshop. 

What Your Company Will Gain
•    Transform how you look at innovation projects.
•    Increase the number of high quality ideas by 6x versus classic “brainstorming” sessions.
•    Learn how to maximize learning from customer insights, marketplace benchmarking, technology mining and future mining.
•    Double your odds of success by turning sales and marketing into a customer pull system.  
•    Instead of attempting to “plan, study and study away risk”, you learn the Fail FAST Fail CHEAPTM method which is an accelerated version of Deming’s “Plan, Do, Study, Act” as applied to innovation. 

bob-oliver_webBob Oliver, Business Growth Adviser
UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center

Bob is an electrical engineer with 27 years of experience in Manufacturing, Development, Project Management, and Operations Management. He is a trained Lean Master and certified Six Sigma Blackbelt from Rockwell Automation and has his Innovation Engineering Blackbelt from the Eureka! Ranch. He has worked in several industries including automotive, biomedical, supercomputer, software, industrial components, and metal fabrication. Bob helps companies improve their bottom line and build wealth by concentrating on process improvements and developing innovative products and services.

Jeff Carr, Management Engineer
UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center

Jeff Carr webJeff has spent most of his career in upper level management overseeing operations and international business development. He is a manufacturing engineer with 28 years of experience. From owning his own metal fabrication business to being on the executive team of a large corporation, he has plenty of real world experience. Being a firm believer in Lean, he executed large scale implementations at plants he managed in Canada, Mexico, Chile, and three plants in the U.S. He is certified in Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) and has implemented this strategy.  Having lived for a number of years in South America, he is fluent in Spanish.

Contact Information

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Avenue E
Menomonie, WI 54751

Terese Wentworth
Program Manager

Phone: 715.232.5483
Fax: 715.232.3385


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