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Agile Innovation Guru Series: Driving Speed, Delighting Customers

An exclusive webinar ‘sprint’ series on Agile product development across functions and industries

Date: October 11 - 20, 2016

Location: Online: 10/11-10/13-10/18-10/20

Taught by the foremost experts on agile product development

John Carter

 

 

 

 

 

How do you get the right products out fast?

Receive immediate action steps to meet your organization’s needs.

Learn how:

  1. Proven principles from Agile software development can be applied to all kinds of product development, bringing customer experience into an iterative, rapid development process. Achieve greater market success at far less risk.
  2. The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework - a synthesis of Agile and Lean Product Development -- works within a company's existing phase gate PDP. Introduce agile practices without organizational upheaval. 
  3. The 5-Day Sprint approach used by Google Ventures can help you go from idea to prototype in just 40 hours!
  4. Scrum for Hardware Development enables teams to manage changing requirements within set timeframes.How sprints work in a non-software environment, how product requirements are more component driven than user-interaction driven, and how to achieve velocity
  5. To jumpstart your Agile transformation and gain traction -- equip and motivate your team for success.
  • Hear directly from the ‘gurus’ and ask your specific questions.  Decide which approach(es) suit your organization best or use a combination.  Our expert facilitators will help you map your next steps  

Four consecutive 60-minute sessions with live Q&A 
Includes slides, session recordings, industry examples, and an integrated Play Book 
Like a sprint, this series is time-bound and goal oriented, with demonstrable action.
Team attendance encouraged; no additional fee!
 

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SIGN UP TODAY!  FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO REGISTER RECEIVE FREE GIFT SET OF THESE BEST-SELLERS BY OUR GURUS:

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

Sprint is a book about surprising ideas: that the biggest challenges require less time, not more; that individuals produce better solutions than teams; and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic façade.
A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster
by Katherine Radeka

Rapid Learning Cycles builds on the best ideas from Agile Development and Lean Startup to provide a framework to help you overcome your specific obstacles.  

Why this series? Companies want to apply Agile beyond IT, but don’t know where to start.

The series was launched based on a recent study of manufacturing firms conducted by Management Roundtable (MRT) and TCGen to understand the current implementation level of agile principles applied to product development beyond IT and software.

The findings, described in an infographic, revealed a surprisingly wide gap between desire and degree of progress in agile implementation beyond IT. Only 12% of those surveyed have been using agile approaches for more than one year, while over 80% are considering agile and 70% want to get started. The key improvements sought by nearly all respondents involve Time to Market and Customer Experience/Intimacy.

Respondents expressed interest in strategic concepts (agile enterprise, integrating sprints and waterfall, and the role of managers) as well as tactics (length of a sprint, how to train the first team, etc.). The obstacles stem from a lack of clear implementation direction. This series is designed to provide expert direction and steps to get a successful Agile program off the ground.

We have assembled the most respected Agile authorities who understand the product development picture beyond software: Jake Knapp, Katherine Radeka, and Kevin Thompson. Our expert facilitators, John Carter and Jeanne Bradford, will provide continuity and support from one session to the next.

Sessions will be held on consecutive Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm ET and Thursdays from 11:00am -12:00 noon ET. It is recommended that managers and teams attend the full series – the fee is $495 for all 4 sessions. You may also opt for individual sessions at $195 each.

Hosted by Management Roundtable, the leading education provider on Agile, Lean, and rapid product development practices, and facilitated by Jeanne Bradford and John Carter of TCGen, co-authors of Innovate Products Faster.

All registrants will receive a free copy of Innovate Products Faster.

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ABOUT THE GURUS

Jake Knapp created GV’s sprint process and is the author of Sprint. He has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.

 

 

 


Katherine Radeka has a rare combination of business acumen, scientific depth and ability to untangle the organizational knots to remove the barriers to change. Since 2005, Whittier Consulting Group, Inc. has helped some of the world's leading companies get their products to market faster. She currently supports more than 100 active implementations of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework through the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute (rapidlearningcycles.com). Katherine is the author of two books. Her first book, The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development won the Shingo Research Award in 2014. This book contains 19 case studies of companies who have used lean product development to get their ideas to market faster. Katherine's second book is The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster. This book summarizes Katherine's ground-breaking work to integrate Agile Development and Lean Product Development into the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework, a proven method for accelerating innovation.


 Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., is a physicist, former software developer and project manager, and current researcher and consultant in the field of Agile Project Management. As cPrime's Agile Practice Lead, Dr. Thompson has trained thousands of people in Scrum and Kanban, and created cPrime's Agile Scaling and Portfolio-Management solutions and consulting standards. He has helped over one hundred clients, ranging from very small to very large, with Agile development of Web applications, Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence systems, Cloud Computing, Compilers, computer games, and medical products. Dr. Thompson is committed to advancing the state of the art of Agile Project Management, not only within, but beyond, the world of software-product development. His pioneering RAGE paper (Recipes for Agile Governance in the Enterprise), innovation in Agile Portfolio Management, and current research in Agile Hardware development reflect this commitment. Dr. Thompson earned his BS in Physics from Santa Clara University, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.
Download his white paper, “Eleven Lessons Learned about Agile Hardware Development,” from www.cprime.com


Jeanne BradfordJeanne Bradford has been a trusted advisor to some of industry’s leading technology companies in the areas of product development, program management and operations. She has led global organizations to deliver compelling products and technologies for leading companies, including Apple, Cisco and Texas Instruments. While at Apple, Jeanne lead the re-architecture of Apple’s New Product Development Process (ANPP), building the core capability that allowed Apple to deliver innovative new products to market. With John Carter, she is the co-author of the book Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development.

 

 


John CarterJohn Carter has been a CEO, founder and inventor. As Principal of TCGen Inc., he has advised technology firms such as Apple, Cisco, Dolby, HP, IBM, and Xerox on strategy and operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cirrus Logic (CRUS). John has raised private equity to execute a successful rollup in the Consumer Electronics sector and he has held the positions of CTO and Chief Engineer. John is the co-inventor of the BOSE Noise Cancelling Headphones and shares the original patent with Dr. Bose.


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Learn:

  • To apply proven principles from Agile software development to all kinds of product development.
  • To bring customer experience into an iterative, rapid development process; achieve greater market success at far less risk.  
  • The 5-Day Sprint approach (used by Google Ventures) can help you go from idea to prototype in just 40 hours!  Why prototyping is key.
  • The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework - a synthesis of Agile and Lean Product Development -- works within a company's existing phase gate PDP. Introduce agile approaches without organizational upheaval.
  • Scrum for Hardware Development enables teams to manage changing requirements within set timeframes (hint:agile practices for customer needs and scope definition vary for 'tangible' product development) 
  • To jump-start your Agile transformation and gain traction -- energize your team, provide tools, keep momentum high.

Hear directly from the ‘gurus’ and ask your specific questions. Decide which approach(es) suit your organization best or use a combination. Our expert facilitators will help you map your next steps.

Key Deliverables

  1. 4 consecutive 60-minute sessions, with live Q&A and synthesis/integration session!
  2. Includes slides, session recordings, industry examples, and an integrated Play Book of agile practices
  3. Team attendance encouraged; no additional fee, no travel, no risk!

AGENDA

Each session will focus on a specific aspect of piloting or getting started in Agile, led by a renowned expert. Before, during and after each session you may ask questions – in between sessions you are encouraged to meet internally with your team and define 2-3 steps you will take. Our facilitators will help you integrate the action steps into a cohesive plan.

Session 1  The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework: A Repeatable Adaptation of Agile Development for Tangible Products Katherine Radeka, author of The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster. October 11, noon - 1 pm ET

Session 2  How to Build and Test an Idea in Just 40 Hours,  Jake Knapp, Google Ventures, author of Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. October 13, 11 am -noon ET

Session 3  SCRUM for Hardware Development: What Works, What Doesn’t - 11 Lessons Learned at Thermo FisherKevin Thompson, Ph.D., Agile Practice Lead, cPrime. October 18, noon - 1 pm ET

Session 4  Integration Session: Getting Started! How to Kick Start Your Agile Transformation  Jeanne Bradford and John Carter of TCGen, co-authors of Innovate Products Faster. October 20, 10am - 11:00am,  ET


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

October 11
The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework: A Repeatable Adaptation of Agile Development for Tangible Products 
Katherine Radeka, author of The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework has emerged as a repeatable method for adopting Agile Development practices for tangible products. It overcomes many of the challenges that companies have had when they have tried to adopt Agile Development, by addressing the mismatches between the software / IT development environment and the challenges faced by scientists and engineers when the product involves physics, chemistry and/or biology.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is a synthesis of Agile Development and Lean Product Development practices that works within a company's existing phase gate PDP. It is concrete and actionable for program managers, technical leads and their sponsors so that they can use the framework with confidence after a small amount of training and coaching.

Teams that use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework exhibit the desired changes that people want from Agile Development: fast cycles of development, early engagement from customers and other stakeholders, the ability to respond to change in a dynamic environment, and adapt as new information develops.

They also build scientific knowledge to make better decisions instead of running through build-test-fix loops, capture knowledge real-time instead of reinventing solutions, and make better decisions up front instead of getting stuck with late-found defects and schedule delays.

In this session, Katherine will discuss:

  1. What the Rapid Learning Cycles framework is, and how it fits in with Agile Development.
  2. What practices from Agile Development get used in the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
  3. What makes the Rapid Learning Cycles framework spread within a product development organization, even one that is resistant to Agile, or seems to be a poor fit.

 FREE BOOK TO FIRST 10 REGISTRANTS!

Katherine Radeka has a rare combination of business acumen, scientific depth and ability to untangle the organizational knots to remove the barriers to change. Since 2005, Whittier Consulting Group, Inc. has helped some of the world's leading companies get their products to market faster. She currently supports more than 100 active implementations of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework through the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute (rapidlearningcycles.com).

Her latest book, The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster, summarizes Katherine's ground-breaking work to integrate Agile Development and Lean Product Development into the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework, a proven method for accelerating innovation.

 

 

October 13
How to Build and Test an Idea in Just 40 Hours
Jake Knapp, Google Ventures, author of Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Jake KnappLooking to save your team countless hours and dollars? To get unstuck? Learn how the design sprint can give you a superpower: the ability to build and test nearly any idea in just 40 hours. The sprint—a five-day process for answering critical business questions through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas—is a “greatest hits” of business battle-tested processes any team can use. Sharing this shortcut to learning and innovation is Jake Knapp, creator of Google Ventures’ sprint process, co-creator of Google Hangouts, and author of The New York Times bestseller Sprint. To date, Jake has run over a hundred sprints with companies such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, Blue Bottle Coffee, Foundation Medicine.
In this webinar, Jake will teach the basics of what a sprint is and how to run one with your own team, no matter your industry.

Specifically he will cover:

  • How to choose a challenge to tackle during your week-long sprint
  • What type of team you need to assemble
  • What time and space you need
  • How to sketch solutions to your challenge or problem
  • How to decide on the best solutions without groupthink
  • The importance of prototyping: build a façade instead of a product
  • Conducting customer Interviews: Test the prototype with real customers
  • Learn: Find patterns and plan the next step

Jake Knapp created GV’s sprint process and is the author of Sprint. He has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.

FREE BOOK TO FIRST 10 REGISTRANTS!
Sprint is a book about surprising ideas: that the biggest challenges require less time, not more; that individuals produce better solutions than teams; and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic façade.

Sprint takes you behind the scenes with some of America's most fascinating startups as they sprint on difficult problems. You'll meet a hotel robotics maker searching for the perfect robot personality, an innovative coffee roaster expanding to new markets, a company organizing the world's cancer data, and Slack, the fastest-growing business app in history.

A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

 

October 18
SCRUM for Hardware Development: What Works, What Doesn’t - 11 Lessons Learned at Thermo Fisher
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., Agile Practice Lead, cPrime

While agile principles from software development carry over to hardware (i.e. tangible) product development, practices do not translate quite so neatly. Our previous session focused on how Rapid Learning Cycles, a synthesis of Lean and Agile, fit within a company’s existing phase gate system. In this tactical session, Dr. Kevin Thompson will focus on SCRUM methods and the Product Owner’s role, including how to shepherd team members, define user requirements (User Stories don’t work the same way) and scope (time based estimation versus consensus norm of sizing).

He will describe 11 different ways hardware practices differ from software and tell you what to do instead. Drawing on Thermo Fisher's experience using Scrum to develop mass spectrometry equipment, he will share lessons learned from this very successful experiment.

Specifically he will offer guidance on:

  • How a hardware /tangible product development team can transition smoothly to a Scrum process
  • How sprints work in a non-software environment
  • How product requirements are more component driven than user-interaction driven
  • How to achieve velocity

Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., is a physicist, former software developer and project manager, and current researcher and consultant in the field of Agile Project Management. As cPrime's Agile Practice Lead, Dr. Thompson has trained thousands of people in Scrum and Kanban, and is committed to advancing the state of the art of Agile Project Management, not only within, but beyond, the world of software-product development.
Download his white paper, “Eleven Lessons Learned about Agile Hardware Development,” from www.cprime.com 

 

 

 

October 20
Integration and Synthesis: Getting Started! Kick Start Your Agile Transformation
Jeanne Bradford and John Carter, co-authors of
Innovate Products Faster

Our Agile Guru sessions have exposed you to real world examples to implement Agile in the complex areas beyond software.  Jake Knapp of Google Ventures presented proven techniques in building AND testing an idea in 40 hours, Katherine Radeka described methods for Rapid Learning and evolution for tangible products, and Kevin Thompson presented nearly a dozen contrasts between hardware and software Agile, and techniques to overcome them.    

In our Integration Session we want to tease out the best and most useful nuggets from the Gurus and pull them all together to give you an Integrated Playbook of Best Practices.  The goal of this session and the Playbook is to give you concrete and specific steps to enable success out of the gate, or to restart a stalled effort.  From our research that led to this Guru Series, we found that 80% had interest, and 70% want to get started – THIS IS FOR YOU. 

To tie it all together, Jeanne and John will present:

  •  Answers to your unresolved questions from the three prior sessions to ensure everyone has a solid understanding of the material 
  • Integrated Playbook, combining the most powerful techniques of our Gurus 
  • The Seven Steps to get your implementation started immediately: “Monday after”
  • What prevents teams from getting the most out of their agile implementation, and how to re-start when stalled
  • Key subtleties of organization roadblocks and ways to overcome those that can trip up Agile Transformation

 

John CarterJohn Carter has been a CEO, founder and inventor. As Principal of TCGen Inc., he has advised technology firms such as Apple, Cisco, Dolby, HP, IBM, and Xerox on strategy and operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cirrus Logic (CRUS). John has raised private equity to execute a successful rollup in the Consumer Electronics sector and he has held the positions of CTO and Chief Engineer. John is the co-inventor of the BOSE Noise Cancelling Headphones and shares the original patent with Dr. Bose.

 

 

 

 

As Principal of TCGen, Jeanne Bradford has been a trusted advisor to some of industry’s leading technology companies in the areas of product development, program management and operations. She has led global organizations to deliver compelling products and technologies for leading companies, including Apple, Cisco and Texas Instruments. While at Apple, Jeanne lead the re-architecture of Apple’s New Product Development Process (ANPP), building the core capability that allowed Apple to deliver innovative new products to market.  With John Carter, she is the co-author of the book Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development.


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Who Should Attend

The Agile Innovation Guru Series is recommended for executives and teams seeking faster time to market and greater customer intimacy. Ideal for VPs, Directors, and managers of Engineering, Product Management, Marketing, Operations, and Program Management from all industries and company sizes. 

While there are numerous courses on Agile for software development, this is the first of its kind to focus on agile practices for tangible product development. This series is highly recommended for organizations seeking to synchronize software and hardware development - to blend Agile with waterfall and work within an existing phase gate process. Invite others to join you; no additional fee for teams listening together. In fact, round up people from different functions to gain a common understanding and begin planning together. Attendance is capped at 50 companies to ensure ample opportunity for individualized advice. Sign up early!

Registration Information

The registration fee is $495/team for the full series; individual sessions are $195 each. Managers and teams are encouraged to attend the whole series together. Recordings and materials will be available in case session times don't fit everyone's schedule. Questions for the gurus may be sent by email before, between, and after sessions.

The Agile Innovation Guru Series will take place the following dates and times:

October 11, 2016: 12:00pm-1:00pm ET/9:00am-10:00am PT
October 13, 2016: 11:00am-12:00pm ET/8:00am-9:00am PT
October 18, 2016: 12:00pm-1:00pm ET/9:00am-10:00am PT
October 20, 2016: 
10:00am-11:00am ET/7:00am-8:00am PT

* Please note that sessions will be held at different times.

Don't miss this opportunity to boost your company's Agile transformation. The Agile Innovation Guru Series is the only online program to focus on Agile for tangible products and is valuable for organizations from all industries, especially those seeking to synchronize hardware with software development. Invite others to join you; no additional fee for teams listening together. Attendance is capped at 50 companies to ensure ample opportunity for individualized advice. Secure your seat!

 

SIGN UP TODAY!  FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO REGISTER RECEIVE FREE GIFT SET OF THESE BEST-SELLERS BY OUR GURUS:

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

by Jake Knapp

Sprint is a book about surprising ideas: that the biggest challenges require less time, not more; that individuals produce better solutions than teams; and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic façade.
A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster 
by Katherine Radeka

Rapid Learning Cycles builds on the best ideas from Agile Development and Lean Startup to provide a framework to

All participants will receive a free copy of Innovate Products Faster by John Carter and Jeanne Bradford. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If you're not happy with these sessions, you registration fee will be 100% refunded.  Space is limited - reserve your spot today!

 

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