Chief and Senior Executive Networks

R&D/New Product Development Group (10RD) - Dallas - 2018

November 29 - November 30, 2018
Dallas, TX


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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
SEN Executive Briefing: Mark Debinski, President, Bluewater Advisory

Talent Fit
Balancing the head with the heart for better hiring – this presentation encourages going well beyond the classic DISC or MBTI assessment, and creates a template for owners and hiring managers to develop a Talent Fit Profile for the position before ever interviewing candidates.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
SEN Featured Topic Discussion:

Creating Product Differentiation
  • What idea-generating strategies do you find most effective when trying to think up product improvements or new products?
  • When developing a product, how do the features of similar/alternative products in the market influence the development of your product?
  • How do you identify which modifications or new features of products consumers will find attractive & desirable?
  • When creating differentiation, how do you balance quality and affordability?

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
SEN Roundtable Discussions (members vote on which topics they would like to discuss):

R&D and Product Development Synergy
  • What new technologies do you believe will have a big effect on the future of product development and how are you preparing for the change?
  • What are the best methods to encourage creativity and innovation in the product development process while still maintaining focus on accomplishing specific goals?

Measuring and Justifying ROI on R&D Projects
  • What tools and resources do you use for analyzing whether a project is worth it?
  • What are the most common pitfalls to avoid when considering a new project?
  • Who is responsible for determining what the acceptable business cases are that would result in pursuing/not pursuing an opportunity and what is the decision making process used; consultative, consensus or delegated to a higher authority?

How are you Preparing Your Current Workforce for the Future?
  • How are you preparing your teams skillsets for the future? (Automation, technological, human & machine collaboration etc.)
  • What are some effective strategies and techniques used to ensure your employees are ready to adapt to the quickly changing environment?
  • To what extent are you identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your top talent with consideration to what skills the market with need in 5, 10 & 15 years?
  • How do you implement a process to ensure successors are being developed for these needs?

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
SEN Ex-Officio Board Session© - In this session, each member is allowed to describe one key issue in which they would like input/advice from the group.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception/Dinner

Friday, November 30th, 2018

7:15 – 7:40 a.m.
Working Breakfast

7:40 – 10:45 a.m.
SEN Ex-Officio Board Session© - Continued

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Best Practices Report
In this brief wrap up session each member will summarize their key takeaways from the meeting as a whole.

11:00 a.m.

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    • ""I was delighted with the amount of takeaways that I received and the contribution I was able to make with your process. It truly is the most effective process I've participated in. I am looking forward to many more sessions in the future.""
    • -Michele Canull
      Graham White Manufacturing Co.