April 18, 2019

Registration for #PDMA2019 is Open! 

2019 Annual Conference powered by PDMA
Competitive Edge: Disruption by Design

November 2 - 5, 2019 Hilton Bonnet Creek


I am so excited to officially announce the opening of registration for this year's Competitive Edge Conference. For 43 years, PDMA has been bringing together new product development and innovation managers from around the world to discuss the latest trends in our industry and this year will be the best event yet! The time to sign up is now though...we already have 15% of the available tickets sold during pre-registration and some of the sessions have limited seating, so don't delay. If you're still on the fence, I'd like to share my Top 5 reasons why you MUST attend this year's event:
  1. Our theme this year is design and we have partnered with Jeevak Badve from Sundberg-Ferar to kick off the event with some killer insights on the world of design.
  2. The four-day event starts, as it always does, with a deep-dive into product innovation management during the JPIM Research Forum during which you'll hear the latest research on the hottest topics.
  3. On Sunday we're offering not one, but your choice of TWO workshops.
    1. If you're considering taking your NPD career to the next level, attend the NPDP Certification Prep Workshop -- it's FREE with your All-Access Pass.
    2. Not sure what Design Thinking is all about? No worries! Attend our Design Thinking Workshop presented in partnership with the Design Thinkers Academy - it's FREE with your All-Access Pass.
  4. The speaker slate this year is diverse and exciting. We have representatives from multiple industries that serve individuals, small and large enterprises. The guys and gals represent the best thinking in today's NPD world. We also have a guest speaker from the renowned Disney Institute sharing even more magic.
  5. We're in Orlando at the b-e-a-utiful Hilton Bonnet Creek - now an official Walt Disney World® Resort. So come early, stay late, bring your family. There's something for everyone in sunny Florida!
Read more below and visit your PDMA.org website for an overview of the entire experience and see what I mean about this being a must attend event. I look forward to meeting everyone in Orlando at #PDMA2019!

Ernie Harris
Conference Committee Chair

This annual event brings together the best and brightest from the fields of New Product Development, Innovation, and Design, to present attendees with an unmatched knowledge-packed experience over the course of two days, in beautiful Orlando, Florida, November 2 - 5, 2019 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.

With Disney close by, we are excited to focus this year's theme on Design, one of the four D's of New Product Development - Define, Design, Develop & Deploy. Competitive Edge: Disruption by Design Conference will provide insights into how Design integrates and weaves through the full continuum of New Product Development and Product Management in four powerful and engaging tracks covering Business-to-Business, Services, Software, and Consumer Products.  Each track pulls together the powerful essential elements of PDMA's extensive body of knowledge including Strategy, New Products Processes, Portfolio Management, Life Cycle Management, Market Research, Organication, Culture and Teams, and Tools and Metrics.


Join the line-up at Disruption by Design, the 2019 Competitive Edge Conference powered by PDMA and take advantage  of the following benefits:
  1. Complimentary conference pass the day you speak
  2. Recognition and credibility as a master in your field
  3. Give back and contribute to the vast PDMA body of knowledge
  4. Chance to grow and challenge yourself professionally
  5. Qualifies you to apply to lead a PDMA Webcast
Know a great product speaker? Share this opportunity with them now.
PDMA Webcast: 
Incorporating Clinical & Consumer Discovery during Medical Device Product Development 
Featuring Speaker Sharon Baer, Program Director, Advanced Innovation, Sleep and Respiratory Care Division
Thursday, May 16, 2019
12 PM CT / 1 PM ET
Space is limited, register early to reserve your spot!
** Attending a PDMA webcast earns one professional development credit for NPDP certified attendees.
Session Description:
The session will incorporate information and real world applications of how clinical and consumer discover happens during Medical Device Product Development.  We will review the 4 P's to keep in mind with product development which include: Patient, Payer, Provider and Physician;  Customers vs. Patients and are they really the same thing; and finally where clinical feedback from physicians and other various clinicians can be incorporated into product design, form and function.  The session will bring in examples of various methods used to gather the critical insights and requirements for product development in the Medical Device space. 

PDMA Members: $FREE
Non-Members: $10

PDMA Webcast Call for Volunteers
We are looking for PDMA members who would like to join our webcast committee. The webcast committee meets  every other week and helps put on our monthly third Thursday webcasts. A committee member helps recruit expert product professionals that provide tools and resources for our membership to help them learn, grow, and succeed. They help diversify the content each month to make sure it is relatable, worthwhile content for the product development and management community. Interested? Contact Arzu Alimohd  at aalimohd@pdma.org .
Academics! The 2019  Journal of Product Innovation Management - JPIM  Annual Research Forum, powered by PDMA, seeks paper and poster submissions from scholars from all disciplines who share a common interest in new product development and innovation management.

The forum will offer networking opportunities with innovation scholars, practitioners, the JPIM's new Editorial Team and the PDMA community. Full papers, special topics proposals and early stage work are all welcome.

Venue: Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando (FL) USA
Date: November 2 - 3, 2019 

Submission Deadline: 
June 1, 2019

Notification to Authors:
Acceptance  decisions made by July 31, 2019

Learn more and submit your papers here.
From PDMA Headquarters
The PDMA Board was in Minneapolis, MN April 8 and 9 for a planning meeting. The days and evenings were packed and yielded impactful goals and strategies around PDMA's service offerings in addition to completion of some regular board business. One of the highlights of the two days was a dinner at PDMA Headquarters with representatives from the Minnesota Chapter where we had some good social conversation and time to discuss chapter operations.

Left to Right: Yasmine Winkler (PDMA Board), David Motley (MN Chapter), Bob Bruce (MN Chapter), Mark Adkins (PDMA Board), Kim Johnson (MN Chapter), Ernie Harris (PDMA Incoming Chair), Josh Voight (MN Chapter), Steve Stucky (MN Chapter President), Allan Anderson (PDMA Chair), Drew Davis (MN Chapter), Barb Gunther (MN Chapter), Meredith Baratz (PDMA Treasurer), Bob Johnston (PDMA Board).

Don't forget! Registration is now open for PDMA's Annual Conference and Research Forum Competitive Edge: Disruption by Design,  November 2-5 in Orlando. We hope you join us for this fantastic event featuring a wonderful line-up of expert speakers and valuable networking time. Learn more and register soon to get early registration rates! 

Best regards,
Eric Ewald, CAE
PDMA Executive Director
In This Issue
Upcoming Chapter and Global Affiliate Events
JPIM Is Free with PDMA Membership. Access Your Journal Today!
JPIM Forum
The JPIM May 2019 issue is now available! Access the latest issue here.

Members log in and access JPIM articles  here. Non-members may access abstracts. H ard copy subscriptions for members can be purchased  here

Don't forget to download the new JPIM app!

JPIM app for iOS and Android devices is available from the App Store or Google Play to read all of the issues and articles awaiting publication under "Early View". S earch for Journal of Product Innovation Management
Get the latest edition of our  PDMA BoK  combining all NPDP exam preparation materials into one guidebook. You can purchase a copy directly through Amazon .

The PDMA Body of Knowledge covers the following exam topics:
  • Strategy
  • Portfolio Management
  • NPD Processes
  • Culture, Teams, and Organization
  • Tools and Metrics
  • Market Research
  • Life Cycle Management - New!

For an overview of each BoK chapter, visit PDMA's Body of Knowledge.  

Get NPDP Certified

Congratulations on Your NPDP Certification!
PDMA congratulates community members who earned their NPDP Certification in March 2019! 
Nihal Dogu, NPDP 
Paulino Kok, NPDP  
Yu-Kang Liu, NPDP
Melissa Muir, NPDP  
Nadia Novarena, NPDP 
Retna Pratiwie, NPDP  
Rizkita Ria, NPDP 
Erin Speicher, NPDP 
Hallena Strotman, NPDP 
March 2019 New Members - Welcome!
PDMA welcomes new members in March 2019. We look forward to working with you! 

Academic Members
Charles Diako
Steven Seggie
Ilma Mufidah

Professional Members
Reda Elalami
Mark Tamer
Kate Swanson
Matthew Welsher
Vilma Zinshteyn
I Tang Ting
Roger Eilers
Troy Hintzsche
Michal Pietraszewski
Wojciech Ozimek
Piotr Kowalski
Adrian Zielke
Wojciech Przychodzen
Pawel Krzywda
Artur Break
Elzbieta Jamrozy
Marek Przychodzen
Jarosawl Pilarczyk
Agata Rutkowska
Jakub Gontarek
Jan Podlaski
Krystian Stawiński
Paul Prawdiuk
Budi Mardjuki
Chrissy Chien
Michael Cooperman

Student Members
Nick  Harrison
Nick  Koroly
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Members, if you have not had the opportunity, please check out the book reviews on the PDMA website  here
Earn PDHs for NPDP recertification by writing a book review for PDMA! Learn how  here.
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