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    Maria Thompson

    Maria Thompson is a technology operations leader with international experience in innovation, change management, and organizational capability improvement. She facilitates teams to creatively solve problems to generate strategic patent portfolios and new product and service designs. She has introduced new processes, technology, and culture change to organizations, resulting in creativity, quality and productivity improvements. She’s an accomplished innovator and patent-holder skilled at fostering alliances with senior management, strategy, legal, research, marketing, engineering & services personnel. She’s successfully improved the innovation capability of organizations ranging from five to 5000 staff across AT&T Bell Laboratories, Motorola and now Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW). Since early 2014, Maria partners with ITW business innovation leadership in a Senior Director role to accelerate organic growth with a global innovation process framework. In addition to harmonizing business stage gate processes with the Innovation Framework for continuous improvement, she facilitates innovation tool workshops, expedites cross-Segment communications and creative problem solving, and enables best innovation practice sharing with an annual global Innovation Summit. 


    An Innovation Framework for Accelerating Organic Growth

    Critical Success Factors for New Product Introduction, include:

    1. Focus on high-value customer problems
    2. Increase Customer's Value Proposition
    3. Ready the organization and the target market for launch

    In this TED-style presentation, Maria presents a high-level overview of the ITW Innovation Framework and reviews how she:

    • Works with project teams to innovate with operational excellence disciplines
    • Harmonizes business stage gate processes with the ITW Innovation Framework for continuous improvement
    • Facilitates innovation tool workshops, including customer interviewing, value proposition derivation, go to market strategy and structured brainstorming
    • Ensures that managers focus lean staff on the highest value projects for the customer
    • Analyzes organizations’ repetitive commercialization success to understand when to quit projects and when to keep going

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