4th Annual Innovation Forum:
Delivering Value from Innovation


Thursday, July 26, 4-8pm
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business





Network with the region's leading experts in R&D, NPD and Innovation.

Home to over 30 Fortune 500 companies, the Chicago metro area serves as the hub for some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Join professionals from several of these top companies on Thursday, July 26 for the 4th Annual Chicago Innovation Forum, where PPM thought leaders and practitioners will discuss business challenges, swap best practice tips, and network.

Part of Planisware’s PPM Best Practices Tour, this complimentary event will take place at the Gleacher Center at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 4-8pm. Presentations will focus on PPM best practices, such as selecting the right innovation strategy, strategic portfolio management, resource management, and maximizing portfolio value. Past attendees to the Annual Chicago Innovation Forum include professionals from ACCO Brands, Woodward, ZF, Fellowes Brands, Morton Salt and US Cellular.

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On the Agenda




Registration and networking



Welcome & introductions
David Gustafson, Vice President of Business Development, Planisware



Selecting the Right Innovation Strategy



Resource Management 2.0



Networking, hors d'oeuvre & drinks



Maximizing Portfolio Value through Stochastic Optimization
Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP

“Rank and yank” is a common method to select projects for a portfolio. For portfolios of revenue generating projects, net present value (NPV) is typically used as the key criterion for ranking. Top candidates from a ranked list are selected in accordance with the investment available. Whereas this is a simple and easy approach, it cannot account for multiple constraints including, for example, people resources, project dependencies, etc. Furthermore, it commonly involves deterministic (“single point”) NPV values that do not account for uncertainties associated with them. This presentation demonstrates a superior, novel technique called stochastic optimization involving a probabilistic approach that overcomes afore-mentioned limitations while offering many other advantages at the same time.



Executing Projects with Value-Driving Strategy



Q&A, networking and wrap-up



Event concludes






Featured Presenters

Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP

Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP, is founder and CEO of Kodukula & Associates, Inc., a project management coaching, training, and consulting company. He is a speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur with 25+ yrs of experience. He has spoken in more than 45 countries on project management related topics. His clients include 40 Fortune 100 companies. He is Lecturer at University of Chicago and Adjunct Faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Kodukula has been recognized twice by the Project Management Institute with 2016 PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence and 2010 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. He is a co-author or contributing author of eight books and more than 40 articles and owns three patents. His latest book is Organizational Project Portfolio Management: A Practitioner’s Guide.




Thursday, July 26, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 PM


The University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

For directions, click here

Recommended Parking

City Front Parking Plaza
240 East Illinois Street, Chicago 60611

Taking the CTA

Red Line to State/Grand
Brown and Purple Lines to State and Lake
Blue Line to Clark/Lake

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