Inaugural Innovation Forum:
Aligning Portfolio with Strategy


Thursday, September 27, 9am-1pm
The Curtis - Downtown Denver





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

The Denver metro area is one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Join professionals from some of the companies contributing to this growth on Thursday, September 27 for our first Innovation Forum. PPM thought leaders and practitioners will meet to discuss business challenges, best practices and network.

Part of Planisware’s PPM Best Practices Tour, this complimentary event will take place at the Curtis in Downtown Denver from 9am to 1pm. Presentations will focus on PPM best practices and aligning portfolios with overall strategy. Past attendees to our 2018 PPM Best Practices Tour include professionals from Bose, Bumble Bee Foods, Dell, General Atomics, iRobot, Nokia, Philips, Pifzer, Siemens Healthineers and Sunovion.

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On the Agenda




Registration & Networking



Welcome & Introductions
Mark Miller, Director of Client Services, Planisware



Options Thinking in the Idea Generation Phase
Sandra Fernholz, HYPE Innovation



Hedge your Bets: Options Investing in New Product Development
Brad Barbera, PI Innovation, LLC



Coffee Break



Making your Organization's Dreams Come True: Managing your Portfolio Strategically
Keith Duncan, Planisware



Q&A and Wrap-up



Lunch & Networking



Event Concludes





Featured Presenters

Brad Barbera, Founder and Chief Innovation Strategist at PI Innovation, LLC and Director of Innovation at The Good Food Institute

Brad Barbera is the Founder and Chief Innovation Strategist at Pi Innovation LLC, and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) managerial magazine, Visions. He is the Director of Innovation at The Good Food Institute.

He has over twenty-five years of experience developing products in a variety of industries, ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to candles and ergonomic office products. He is the author of Create Greate...Stop Playing Catch-up and Start Leading Innovation in a World of Constant Change, due out later this year.

Brad has presented on the topic of "How to Not Fail at Failing" (see sidebar) during our last innovation event, and will be presenting the topic of "Why Simplify" at our Innovation and PPM event this November in Chicago.

Sandra Fernholz, Manager North America, HYPE Innovation







Keith Duncan, NPDP, SPC, Director of the Innovation and PPM Practice, Planisware

Keith Duncan has more than 20 years of consulting experience in product lifecycle management, knowledge management, and related enterprise products and services. Keith has helped dozens of Fortune 500 companies across a wide variety of industries -- including food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, high-tech, medical device, chemical, automotive and industrial manufacturing -- to implement Stage-Gate, roadmapping, portfolio management and idea generation solutions.

He is certified by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) as a New Product Development Professional (NPDP), certified by Scaled Agile as a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Keith lives in Denver, Colorado where he and his family spend much of their free time camping, fishing, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.




Thursday, September 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


The Curtis
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

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