How to Make Design Part of Your Product Development DNA
Tom has been involved in product development and design work for 25+ years. His work experience as a designer spans from roller coaster cars at Universal Studios to robotic devices for cardiac surgery. (Heck, he even plays drums in the Kablooe band.) Tom loves the product development and design process and is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovation. He holds an industrial design degree from MCAD along with an executive certificate in product development from Northwestern University and a graduate certificate in biodesign from Stanford University.
Getting your development team to move forward in a cohesive fashion can be hard. Engineers and designers can have different goals and methods during a development project. In this session, we will explore ways to embark on design research work that will fuel the product development work down the road, and learn a few things about creativity and our brains. The methods discussed will enable participants to develop rich results from the voice of customer work, and enable the development of strong, robust inputs and requirements. This will help create an understanding of how to effectively work in the ‘fuzzy front end of development, and create common ground for team members to work together with a design thinking focus. Armed with these items, participants will be able to be more effective in their development work and raise the outcome level of usability engineering work, and ultimately deliver more innovative results from development work.
- Understand how designers’ and engineers’ brains work
- Learn how to exercise your brain, inform your team and dig out creative ideas
- Learn the keys to Design Driven Development
Course Level - Basic to Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- VP’s of R&D
- Start-up CEO’s
- Engineering Managers
- R&D Managers
- Design Engineers
- R&D teams
Why Should You Attend
Many engineers believe they are not creative people. Yet often they are tasked with solving problems, which is a creative activity at its heart. If you need to find ways to be more creative during development projects, we will show you how. Often times members of development teams are isolated to work on their specialty tasks in silo’s, separated from others on the team. This can lead to ineffective use of time and resources. If you are looking for ways to collaborate with your team, and are looking for common ground to focus your efforts on, we will explore ways to succeed. If you are doubtful that your company can embrace practices that will allow you and your team to innovate well, you gain some knowledge of key practices to unfold Design Driven Development.