The New Age of Agile Product Innovation and PM: Networking Event

Join Planisware, Computer Aid, Inc. and other PPM executives from across the Bay Area for a complimentary networking event and cocktail reception, featuring presentations from Michael Bragen of CAI, Inc, and the “father” of Stage-Gate, Dr. Robert G. Cooper.

Dr. Cooper will also sign copies of his popular book, Winning at New Products: Creating Value Through Innovation. The event is a kickoff to Dr. Cooper’s two-day masterclass in San Francisco on October 25th and 26th, “Beyond Stage-Gate and Agile.”

Registration is limited, so reserve your seat today!


“Winning at New Products: Creating Value Through Innovation”
Dr. Robert G. Cooper

For more than two decades, Winning at New Products has served as the bible for product developers everywhere. In the book, Dr. Cooper demonstrates why consistent product development is vital to corporate growth and how to maximize your organizations’ changes of success. His presentation will discuss:

  • The changing landscape of product development
  • The factors driving product innovation today
  • Strategies for leveraging both Stage-Gate and Agile methodologies
  • Methods of building a strong, repeatable innovation pipeline utilizing these methodologies

“Project Management 2.0”
Michael Bragen, CAI, Inc.

Project Management 2.0 has emerged in response to the deficiencies of traditional project management. This presentation focuses on key characteristics of Project Management 2.0 and explains why it has emerged in response to the deficiencies of traditional project management. We’ll focus on the project manager’s emerging role in strategic planning and project leadership, and discuss how to achieve more meaningful information with tools that track adherence to KPIs, targeted metrics and automated dashboards. These principles apply regardless of methodology and technology – they are universally applicable (supporting Agile and traditional approaches) for getting products to market faster and more effectively, and, ultimately, they are enablers of product innovation.


About the presenters

Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to his many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process. Now implemented by almost 80% of North American companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+ new product projects in hundreds of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of the most sought-after speakers


Michael Bragen is VP of Global Marketing at Computer Aid, Inc. CAI is a leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services to drive value, improve productivity, and enhance the customer experience through technology, process refinement, and innovation. Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the CAI team works with Fortune 1000 companies and local, state and federal agencies to drive IT innovation.

Michael’s 35-year career in the software industry has focused on management consulting, analytics, metrics and engineering process. He has worked directly for and as a consultant to large, global enterprises in a broad variety of industries and public sector agencies. At CAI, he directs the global strategic partner program and is responsible for thought leadership programs with the firm’s IT Metrics and Productivity Institute.

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