Designing the Future Summit 2019
Creating New Value Through Lean Development
June 27-28, 2019  |  Traverse City, MI
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Designing The Future 2019:  Changing the way new value is created.

Thank you for your interest in our 2019 Designing The Future Conference. This conference is for those who know that the best way to predict your future is to design it. Doing the same thing you’ve always done, just a little better, is no longer enough - creating a steady stream of new products and services that your customers love is the surest path to sustained success.

Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) principles and practices comprise a unique and highly effective way to design and deliver new products and services. This year’s conference will once again feature some of the most successful LPPD practitioners, from a wide variety of industries, who will share insights gained through years of real world experience.

If you were with us last year then you already know what a great experience this conference can be. We are working diligently to make this year’s event even better.  Consider joining us in beautiful Traverse City on June 27 and 28 for what we hope will be the most important conference you attend this year. Hope to see you there!

Best Regards,
Jim Morgan

Plenary & Breakout Sessions | Learning Sessions | Networking Opportunities | Fees | Workshops

Plenary & Breakout Sessions

How to Create a Great Company Culture on Purpose

You can create a good company culture by accident, but a great culture takes purpose.

Tyler Schilling, president of TechnipFMC Schilling Robotics, and Andy Houk, vice president of product development, will explain from experience why culture is no different from any other project – it takes a lot of thought and work to get great results. 

They’ll explain how purposeful guidance of culture happens through leadership behaviors. And they’ll reveal what behaviors move a company forward -- and what ones set it back.

You’ll also hear how focusing on lean product and process development provided a framework for leadership behaviors that supercharged cultural guidance at Schilling, which makes the robotic vehicles and manipulators needed to search for oil and gas in extremely harsh environments like the deep ocean.

Andy Houk
Andy Houk
Tyler Schilling
Tyler Schilling

Partnering Across the Extended Enterprise to Achieve Excellence in Product Development

Successful and sustainable product development requires a strong partnership across functional organizations and supply chain constituents.  In this presenteation, Susan DeSandre, an executive leader with experience spanning manufacturing operations and procurement, shares her real-world insights gained from extensive experience as a senior executive leader at Apple and at Ford Motor Company during its historic product-led transformation.

Successfully engaging the extended enterprise in lean product development starts with a strong partnership between internal functional organizations. Through a shared vision, aligned objectives, mutual respect and accountability, and open and honest communication, organizations can unleash the full capability of their entire organization. Susan outlines how the powerful “matched pair” strategy and the pursuit of true supplier partnerships enables exceptional collaboration and leads to better development performance, plus a better working environment for all.

Susan DeSandre
Susan DeSandre

Perspectives from a Chief Engineer: Caterpillar’s Next Generation Hydraulic Excavator

The first newly developed platform in over 25 years, Caterpillar’s 320 and 323 Next Generation Hydraulic Excavators were designed to serve the global excavator market from a common platform.

Steve Shoemaker served as the chief engineer for the excavator portfolio from 2012 to 2017, overseeing the new product from concept to production.  Based in Akashi, Japan, Shoemaker was responsible for the company’s Hydraulic Excavator Design Center as well as the global team with offices in China, Germany, and the US.  Shoemaker will share his insights on leading an engineering organization in Japan and developing a new product from the view of a chief engineer.

Steven Shoemaker
Steven Shoemaker

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Learning Sessions

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Managing Product Development in Healthcare with Visual Management (Obeya)

Take home how-to ideas for applying lean development principles in daily work by learning how Michigan Medicine does it with its 6-phase Clinical Design and Innovation (CDI) process.

In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn a proven process to “just get started” and then how to iterate and improve the process. CDI Manager Paul Paliani and LPPD Coach Matt Zayko will take you through a hands-on, interactive exercise using current and past prototypes, schedules, and agendas from real programs. 

You’ll experience:

  • A replica of the CDI obeya room in Ann Arbor and the tools used to manage it;
  • The evolution of the obeya and standup meeting processes from startup through 3 iterations;
  • Examples of current program schedules and “game plan” walls;
  • How the same methodology to develop products is used all over Michigan Medicine

Finally, Paul and Matt will guide you through a “blank sheet” brainstorming exercise where you’ll generate ideas for applying visual management to a particular goal or product when you get back to work.

Set-Based Concurrent Engineering
Visible Knowledge

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The summit is designed to be the best networking venue in the Lean Community by providing formal and informal ways for you to connect with counterparts facing the same challenges as you:

  • Networking Happy Hour (continue conversations and compare notes after the first day)
  • Networking Breaks (30 minutes to allow time for a phone call, cup of coffee, and conversation)
  • Lunch Roundtables (attendee-led discussions on topics you've told us are important to you)

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