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Delivering Game-Changing Innovation Racine, Wisconsin

January 27, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Event Info, Events


Cheryl Perkins is the keynote speaker and special guest of the Downtown Racine Corporation’s SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY SERIES, titled, “Delivering Game-Changing Innovation.” The event is co-sponsored by S.C. Johnson. Cheryl’s presentation covers:

• The innovation imperative

• Innovation opportunities

• Lifecycle of innovation

• Innovation model and principles

• Case studies of the most innovative companies

February 20, 2008
5:30 – 7:00 PM
1525 Howe Street, Racine, WI 53403
(262) 260-2154

Doors open at 5:00 PM

(262) 260-2154

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WEBINAR: An Introduction to Stage Gates Location: your office!

January 21, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Event Info


Join us for our next Webinar! DATE: 31 Jan 2008 10:00 – 11:00 ET


2008 Webinar Series

Innovationedge and Pure Insight have partnered to bring together thought leaders from business, consulting and academia who will share their insights, methods and best practices with you in a simple, inexpensive and convenient format.

About this webinar

Why are Stage Gates are so effective for managing Product Development? There is broad agreement that innovation, be it in terms of new technologies, new products or new service offerings is increasingly important. Certainly product life cycles are shortening and customer expectations are growing. And yet recent studies have shown that the return from investment in innovation is incredibly variable. Organisations are ploughing huge amounts of resources into the next generation of products and services with no confidence of a result.

And yet best practices do exist. Practices that consistently prove to be more successful delivering better products, better services and better profits.

One of these best practices is the disciplined use of Stage Gates (also known as Phase Gates) as the programme management platform for development projects. Stage Gates are certainly not the only technique, nor are they necessarily sufficient in isolation, but Stage Gates have proven to be fundamentally different and more effective than traditional project management approaches.

This Webinar will explain why no organisation should be investing in Product and or Service development without first investing in this critical process.

You Will Learn

By attending you will learn how the theory behind Stage Gates and why they are the best practice model for New Product Introduction; understand why traditional methods of project management are less effective; how different organisations can successfully adapt the same principles.

about the speaker

Peter Hoyland is Managing Director of Bubble Group Ltd. A Chartered Engineer and a graduate of Oxford University, he began his career as a product developer for Thorn EMI and later for FKI plc. He was an early adopter of Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA) methods and became responsible for both mechanical design and manufacturing engineering.

DFMA was a popular technique, but as phased gate programmes increasingly became best practice for programme management, he moved into consultancy to establish and implement better approaches to new product development.

In 1999, after ten years working for major consultancy companies, Peter became a founder of Bubble, a management consultancy focused on improving new product development processes. To name but a few, clients include, Cadbury, Dairy Crest, Rolls Royce, Johnson & Johnson, The Ministry of Defence, Toyota and Waterford Crystal.

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Innovationedge and Pure Insight to deliver Innovation Webinars

January 3, 2008 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Press Releases


Neenah, Wis. (January 1, 2008) — Cheryl Perkins, President and Founder of Innovationedge, has announced a partnership with the UK-based research firm Pure Insight. The partnership will provide real-world insights and innovation best practices from thought-leading practitioners via a library of Web-based presentations.

Innovationedge will be the sole U.S. solutions provider to host Pure Insight Web seminars, or “Webinars,” which will enable corporate innovation leaders, inventors and entrepreneurs to access the most current innovation best practices right from their desktop.

The Webinars will cover a range of topics including strategy, structure, culture, open innovation and portfolio management, to name a few. Each Webinar presentation will provide examples and insights into ways to implement leading-edge innovation practices, and allow listeners to hear the successes and challenges directly from those who have successfully faced and solved them.

“The unique partnership between Innovationedge and Pure Insight provides a wide range of educational opportunities for anyone who leads their company’s innovation charge, as they look for ways to build their internal capabilities and grow their organizations through structured innovation practices,” said Cheryl Perkins. “Webinars allow us to efficiently provide innovation insights to the right people at the right time.”

“We are excited to work with Innovationedge to expand the reach of our insight driven Webinar offering into North America and to build on the success we have experienced by working with some of the most admired companies in Europe,” said Klaus Schnurr, co-founder and Chief Executive of Pure Insight. “The partnership will allow us to expand our network of global thought leaders to deliver even greater value products and services for our customers.”

Both live and recorded Webinar sessions can be found at Innovationedge’s Webinar Page.

About Innovationedge:
Innovationedge is a global strategic innovation consultancy based in Wisconsin. The team’s fearless champions of innovation break barriers to help executives define their business strategy, develop new capabilities, design a winning organizational structure, and deliver breakthrough innovations through a robust growth pipeline of solutions and new-to-the-world innovations. The company also gives inventors an edge by crafting winning business propositions and creating strategic corporate partnerships that deliver commercial success. For more information, visit

About Pure Insight:

Pure Insight specializes in providing strategic and practical business information for practitioners in design, product development, innovation and technology. With over 300 corporate customers and 500 contributors across 20 countries, its practical tools and information are delivered in convenient formats suited to the demands of busy professionals. Webinar customers include 3M, Goodyear, Bayer, Boston Scientific, Clorox, FedEx, Honeywell, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Xerox, and many others.