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New Workshop on Implementing Agile-Stage-Gate Methods with internationally renowned expert Dr. Robert Cooper

Learn how leading organizations are embedding agile practices within their Stage Gate systems and achieving outstanding results

NEWTON, Mass. - Sept. 27, 2016 - EntSun -- Management Roundtable, Inc. (MRT) and Sopheon today announced a new groundbreaking workshop on Agile-Stage-Gate: The Next Generation Idea-to-Launch Process – Getting the Right Products to Market Fast led by Dr. Robert G. Cooper, the renowned innovation expert and father of the Stage-Gate® process in use by over 75% of firms in industry. The workshop will be held on January 26-27, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

In this workshop, Dr. Cooper will share how leading firms are getting superb results by moving beyond their traditional Stage-Gate® systems to make their processes more agile, lean and responsive to customers. Specifically, he will cover how to:

** leverage Agile project management methods to help with dynamic product requirements and the need for rapid strategic pivots

** get the project right by building experimentation and iterations (scrums and time-boxed sprints) into processes

** use customer feedback during iterations to launch the right product reconcile contradictions between Agile principles and Stage-Gate® (for example, pre-planning versus planning-on-the-fly)

** modify both models to yield a single effective system

** adapt Agile methods to accommodate physical products

Dr. Cooper will be joined by Paul Heller, Chief Technology Officer of Sopheon, who will give a detailed case presentation on how organizations are using new management approaches and sophisticated software tools to achieve dramatic improvements in time to market and the success rate of new products.

More information about the workshop is available at:

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About Dr. Robert G. Cooper

Dr. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate(R) Idea-to-Launch process. Now implemented by almost 75% 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 thousands 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.

A prolific author, he has published more than 120 academic articles and nine books, including the best-selling 'Winning at New Products, 4th Edition'. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Dr. Cooper is President of the Product Development Institute; ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business Administration, USA; and Professor Emeritus, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada.

About Paul Heller

Paul has over 30 years of experience in software development and software technologies. He has been leading technology strategy and product development at Sopheon since 1999, and is currently responsible for corporate technology strategy, product strategy and technology architecture. He also created the Sopheon client services and product support organizations.

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Previously he worked for Baan Company as vice president of product management, a central role in the development of the Baan front-office software products. Paul began his career with IBM, where he held a variety of positions in information technology, product development, sales, and consulting.

About Management Roundtable, Inc.

The Management Roundtable (MRT) is the leading knowledge and networking resource for product developers. Practitioner-oriented and unbiased, our focus is on providing actionable information about new strategies and processes that enable speed, innovation, profitability, and overall competitive advantage. Founded in 1980, Management Roundtable publishes research reports and hosts events on key areas of product development. FastTrack was launched in 2004 (originally as Knowledge Roundtable) to provide continuous, unlimited access to new insights and networking opportunities.

About Sopheon

Sopheon partners with customers to provide complete Enterprise Innovation Management solutions incorporating patented software, expertise, and best practices which deliver exceptional long-term revenue growth and profitability. Sopheon's Accolade® solution provides unique coverage for the entire innovation management and new product development lifecycle, including strategic innovation planning, roadmapping, idea and concept development, process and project management, portfolio management and resource planning. Sopheon's solutions have been implemented by over 200 customers with over 60,000 users in over 50 countries. Sopheon is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.sopheon.com.

Alex Cooper, President
Management Roundtable, Inc.

Source: Management Roundtable, Inc.

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