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Larry Navarre is a full-time Lecturer at Kettering University teaching courses in innovation development, supply chain management, and management science since 2008. Larry has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) and a Master of Science in Management degree from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management (West Lafayette, Indiana). Larry has 20 years of management experience in the steel, machinery, and plastics industries. His management responsibilities have spanned from Production Supervisor to Director of Global Product Management and Asian Operations. He has worked internationally with customers, suppliers, and colleagues in 20 countries. Larry is also a managing owner of two family-owned small businesses managing commercial real estate.
Articles by Larry Navarre
Take Your Product Testing to the Extreme
Many of the principles of lean product and process development can seem counterproductive at first glance. For example, what if someone told you that the best way to see if a product will truly work. .. is to break it? That's exactly what Professor Larry Navarre of Kettering University tells his students, as part of his unlikely yet invaluable "Extreme Testing" concept. Read more. More »
Workshops Taught by Larry Navarre
Craft Beer Game: Leading the Innovation Pipeline (at the 2019 Designing the Future Summit)
Management has high expectations for results given the investment in innovation development programs. But technical talent and management often have conflicting expectations. In addition, development process characteristics are different than typical business processes. Leaders are often unaware of these differences and tend to apply typical management methods that compound problems in the innovation system. This workshop explains the Innovation Development System and provides tools for managers and innovators to lead the pipeline of development projects with high-performance. You will learn how to apply lean principles to managing the innovation system. Small exercises will introduce key principles. A comprehensive exercise known More »