4th Annual PPM Innovation Forum

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Westin Copley, Boston



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


Are you gambling with your investments?

Stop taking huge risks.

Every year, many companies gamble with their innovation investment because they don't have the right processes and tools to help them understand what cards are coming next.

Card sharks know what cards will come next.

Planisware and senior executives from some of the most innovative organizations in NPD, Engineering and IT industries gathered together on April 10 to discuss these processes and tools - how they are developing and managing innovation strategies, optimizing their portfolios, and efficiently leveraging resources, to better deliver innovation to market.

Attendees networked with some of the region's top PPM professionals before and after the presentations. This event took place at The Westin Copley Place, Boston on Wednesday, April 10 (4-8pm).






Registration & Networking



Welcome & Introductions
Jeremy Scully, Director, Planisware



An Action Plan for an Innovation-Driven Enterprise Agile Transformation
Matt Light, Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Planisware

Any enterprise seeking to improve innovation can find value from Enterprise Agile Management practices. No enterprise-scale change will succeed without an Agile Change Team to shape and manage it, and we will describe the ACT’s make-up and its responsibilities. The ACT must include active Executive Champions because, although past lean and agile efforts could succeed locally under the leadership of business-unit management, Enterprise Agile requires senior executives’ leadership. Key Enterprise Agile practices discussed will include: how to define Leaders’ Standard Work; “Catchball”; mid-level management practices like Reflect & Study Workshops; and team-member practices like Stop & Look.



Strategies to Maximize the Value of Your PPM System
Michael Linhares, Ph.D., Senior Director, Project and Portfolio Management System, Sunovion

When implementing a project and portfolio management system in the biopharmaceutical industry, managing how to achieve and measure value is a critical factor. Technical implementation is only the start of a multi-year process. Maximizing the value of a PPM system is a combination of having the right resources to lead the business adoption and change management, managing continuous improvement of both technology and business process, and focusing on the areas of greatest business vale.  Several ideas for maximizing the value of PPM systems will be discussed, key learnings on what to avoid, and how to balance the needs of the broader organization.



The "R" in PPM: Best Practices for Resource Management
Vincent Batteur, VP Operations and NPD Practice Lead, Planisware

With limited or scarce resources, effective resource planning and Resource Management is very often a major leap forward for many organizations.

From the annual or multi-year resource planning exercise to ensure the organization will be able to deliver the full value of its portfolio, down to team level staffing and collaboration to address day-to-day work assignment, we will review the different best practices commonly used by large or mid-size corporations to address their challenges.



Planisware Demo: Putting It All Together
Jeremy Scully, Director, Planisware

Planisware is the leading provider of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for NPD, Engineering and IT. This demonstration will show how the concepts and processes addressed today can be found within the Planisware solution.



Networking, hors d'oeuvre & drinks



Program concludes





Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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