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IMC SoCal Technology SIG, October 2010
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When: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
5:00-7:00 PM
Where: Laurel Electronics
3183-G Airway Ave.
Costa Mesa, California  92626
United States
Contact: Curt Deckert

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Institute of Management Consultants


Competitive R&D Processes,
Metrics and Practices

With Has Patel, Founder & President, Infologic, Inc.

 Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Laurel Electronics, 3183-G Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Consultants are often brought in to help manage processes and organizations related to innovation and new products. Regrettably, many new products fail, and funded R&D projects do not result in viable commercial products or meet corporate strategic objectives. This wastes precious R&D dollars and technical manpower, and can result in lost market share and company profitability. Reasons may include the following:

  • Ineffective processes in defining relationships between the R&D, Engineering, Marketing and Manufacturing functions.
  • Lack of effective metrics to assess the R&D portfolio in view of corporate initiatives, market changes, and a changing competitive landscape.
  • Partial management by managing product innovation only,
    and not managing related processes.

For an update on best competitive R&D processes, metrics and practices, join us at our IMC Technology SIG meeting on Tuesday, October 19, as Has Patel, Founder & President, Infologic, Inc., discusses product innovation concepts that should be of interest to consultants regardless of their specialty.

  • Knowledge-based Stage-Gate Process
  • Knowledge-point based Product Lifecycle Management Process
  • Technology Hype Cycle
  • Innovation Cash Curve Critical Research Elements (CRE)
  • Technology & Manufacturing Readiness Levels
  • Best Practices used by DoD and NASA to manage large projects
  • Best Practices to be used by commercial companies of all sizes

Those interested may proceed to a local restaurant following our meeting.

Has Patel, Founder & President of Infologic, Inc.

Mr. Has Patel is President of Infologic, Inc., a consulting firm which provides Business Process Re-engineering and related IT services, methodologies, tools & products, with focus on Innovation Management practices. He has over 25 years of experience in product management, R&D planning, and development of Innovation Management methodologies. Previously, he worked for AT&T Bell Labs and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He publishes a monthly newsletter, The Art & Science of Innovation Management. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from M S University, India, and an MS degree in Production Engineering from University of Newcastle, England.

IMC Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
are designed for IMC members, but non-members and visitors are welcome for up to three SIG meetings. If your consulting practice serves the high-tech industry, please join on October 19 and be prepared to share your insights. Participation is free.


The Mission of the IMC Technology SIG is to:

  • Identify opportunities in consulting to high-tech clients.
  • Develop more effective consulting skills in serving high-tech clients.
  • Facilitate use of technology by client companies.
  • Support each other through networking and professional relationships.
  • Create a collaborative group of consultants serving high-tech clients or performing technology development.

RSVP is essential since our conference room space is limited. Please RSVP to:

Curt Deckert, CMC, PhD
Chair, IMC Technology SIG
President of Curt Deckert Associates, Inc.
714-639-0746, ;;

Please cc Has Patel,

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