3rd Annual PPM Innovation Forum

Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Westin Copley, Boston




Exchange Ideas with Boston's Senior Executives in R&D, NPD and Innovation

With a rich history of “firsts,” Boston is no stranger to innovation and new product development. Planisware and senior executives from some of the most innovative organizations gathered together at The Westin Copley Place, Boston on April 12 from 4-8pm to hear how they are developing and managing innovation strategies, optimizing their portfolios, and efficiently leveraging resources, to better deliver innovation to market.


Attendees discussed challenges and solutions with some of the region's top PPM professionals during the complimentary reception and networking hour immediately following the presentations.


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On the Agenda




Registration & Networking




Welcome & Introductions
Jeremy Scully, Director, Planisware




Is Strategy and Execution an Oxymoron?
Mohamed ElZayatie, Ph.D., Planning & Portfolio Processes Manager, Bose Corporation

A few weeks ago, HBR posted an article on LinkedIn. The article is entitled "Your Strategy Should Be a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust." This article advocates that companies should 'fuse' strategy and execution and it is one in many that have been recently touting the demise of the classical strategic planning process in favor of agility, constant pivoting, responsiveness to market, etc. The commentaries on the article on LinkedIn highlighted the mixed views with respect to the topic. The speaker wants to provide a critical evaluation of the strategic planning cycle as it carefully balances the top-down with the emergent strategies and provide real life examples on the role of a well-structured portfolio management process and how it could be an enabler for strategy, execution and even innovation to co-exist.





Best Practices in Resource Planning and Forecasting to Improve Portfolio Management
Michael Linhares, Senior Director, Global Product Development, Pfizer Inc.

A case study of the implantation of integrated resource planning and forecasting for Pfizer R&D over the past six years.  How best practices have been develop and shared will be discussed. Three key best practices related to resource management, annual operating plans, and portfolio management will be explored.  Examples will be provided for how Pfizer is solving specific issues that are common among all pharmaceutical companies.

Michael is also Co-Chair of the Planisware BioPharma Best Practice Working Group (BPWG) and Co-Chair of the Planisware Biopharma Customer Advisory Board (CAB).




Agile and Waterfall – the Hybrid Approach
Raimund Bronold, VP Program Management, Siemens Healthineers

Agile project management techniques are more and more applied beyond software development. Manufacturing related or regulated industries are discovering the advantages of agile while they still have the need to work within a waterfall product development process. The Hybrid Approach combines both and provides a toolbox to customize the way to develop new products to the organizational needs.




Planisware Demo
Jeremy Scully, Director, Planisware

Planisware is the leading provider of enterprise project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for the NPD industry.  In this demonstration we will show how the concepts and processes covered in the previous sections (including marrying agile an waterfall) can be automated with the Planisware solution to ensure that all decisions are made based on the most up-to-date and real-time information available, as well as how impacts of decisions can be assessed at the portfolio, resource and/or project execution levels.




Networking, hors d'oeuvre & drinks








Thursday, April 12, 2018
From 4-8PM


The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Place
Boston, MA 02116


Valet parking at the Westin for $42 (4-6 hours). Directions to the Westin. Parking options near the Westin.

Taking the T

Green Line to Copley Station
Orange Line and Commuter Rail to Back Bay Station