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    Donovan Hardenbrook

    Donovan has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality, marketing and product development. His professional career includes previous engineering and management positions at Intel Corporation, Salt River Project, SMART Service Desk, Orbital Sciences and Sandia National Laboratories.

    Donovan is a certified New Product Development (NPDP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a member of ASQ, IEEE, PDMA and PMI.

    He earned his MBA from the University of Arizona and MS degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University. 


    Bridging Communication Gaps in Virtual Teams

    In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive global environment, new product development (NPD) team members are dispersed across geographical locations, time zones, and cultures. To effectively meet scope, schedule, and budget constraints while delivering products that exceed customer satisfaction, NPD teams must overcome several constraints to working virtually. Virtual teams primarily rely on asynchronous, technology-assisted communication which is typically believed to hinder creativity and task completion for NPD projects.

    As presented in PDMA Essentials Volume 3, a Virtual Team Model (VTM) demonstrates five key elements and sixteen practices to drive success for virtual NPD teams. The VTM is based on lean principles to minimize waste and produce reusable knowledge. Virtual teams utilizing the VTM deliver new products to global markets with higher speed and fit to market. 

    In this presentation you will learn how to build an effective virtual team, implement efficient communication tools, enhance meeting and team protocols, manage and transfer innovation knowledge, and develop unique leadership skills for virtual teams.

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