August 18, 2016 (San Francisco, Ca) -- Planisware, the leading global provider of Project and Product Portfolio Management (PPM) software solutions for new product development (NPD) organizations, announced today that it launched the Planisware Center for Excellence. The first PPM vendor-sponsored program dedicated solely to connecting NPD and R&D practitioners with each other and industry thought leaders, the Planisware Center for Excellence will feature a series of innovation masterclasses led by published authors recognized for their expertise in PPM.
For each day-long session, the masterclass leader will focus on either a specific emerging topic and its potential for competitive gains, or an established set of practices in PPM, presenting relevant research findings and methodologies that have been tested and proven to yield significant results. In addition, interactive group sessions enable each attendee to start elaborate scenarios to put these new insights into practice within their organizations. By limiting class size, the center seeks to enable one-on-one interactions between experts and attendees within a collaborative environment.
“Through working closely with R&D organizations for more than 20 years, we've gained valuable insight into which PPM best practices are most effective, and identified a need for an educational platform dedicated to process improvement,” said Pierre Demonsant, CEO and founder of Planisware. “The Planisware Center for Excellence provides a forum focused on sharing vetted practices that evolve PPM maturity specifically for NPD and innovation organizations. Masterclass sessions will be led by reputable scholars and researchers in NPD and offer an environment where participants can learn with like-minded attendees.”
The masterclass series will kick off with a seminar on October 25th in Chicago led by Dr. Robert G. Cooper, creator of the original Stage-Gate methodology, who will introduce his new Agile-Stage-Gate hybrid NPD model for the first time in North America. Planisware Center for Excellence events are open to NPD professionals interested in enriching their best practice knowledge. For more information on the Planisware Center for Excellence and to register for the October 25th masterclass, “Beyond Stage-Gate and Agile” with Dr. Robert Cooper, please visit the Planisware Center for Excellence website.