Improve Your Product Development Portfolio

Innovation Roundtable

June 3, 2008: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will introduce you to the VAX System for maximizing the performance of your product development portfolio.


The University of Chicago Gleahcer Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

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Every Product Development Portfolio must excel in 3 key areas: * VALUE – if it’s not high value, why are you doing it? * ACHIEVABILITY – it may be a great idea, but if you don’t have the resources, how will it get done? * EXECUTION – if you can’t execute, then how can you compete? Product development expert, Gene Kania, has developed the VAX System which combines value, achievability and execution into a single integrated portfolio management process and solution. Successful portfolio management is all about good decision making. When do you kill a project? When do you start one? When do you add resources? When do you expedite?


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Deadline: 6/3/2008


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Registration

6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Presentation

7:30 PM-7:45 PM: Q & A

7:45 PM-8:30 PM: Networking at the Midway Club

Speaker Profiles

Eugene Kania (Speaker)
Principal, mc2solutions

Gene is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for 18 years in engineering and product development at several manufacturing companies, first as an engineer, then as a chief engineer and finally as a business unit director. He has brought several new products to market in a number of industries including automotive, aerospace and oil and gas exploration. Gene began his career at Bell Laboratories (now Alcatel-Lucent) where he was involved in a successful effort to reduce product development cycle time and improve quality. For the last 8 years Gene has operated a successful product development consulting firm focused on improving product development operations by applying the principles of Lean to the management and execution of product development projects. In 2005, Gene’s firm was a charter member of the Partnership for Lean Innovation (PLI). Funded by a grant from the state of Ohio, PLI worked with 14 southern Ohio companies to improve their product development processes using Lean principles and to increase their level of product innovation. For the last several years, Gene has closely collaborated with Jim Jacobs and the Savvy Consortium and is the founder of the Savvy Consortium in Chicago.


Mary Drotar 
VP of Events