May 15–16, 2019 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA

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Strategies for Developing Hundreds of Successful Products with a US/China Team


Ken Haven (President/CEO/Founder, Acorn Product Development)

Location: Center Stage, Booth 563

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Pass type: Conference (Paid), Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!

Free Content & Activities: Center Stage

Vault Recording: TBD

Successfully developing products with engineering teams in the U.S. and China requires people, process, collaborative tools, and an ongoing investment in fostering teamwork. Acorn has developed hundreds of products for customers worldwide over the past 12+ years utilizing its engineering teams in China and the U.S. for products in the Medical Device/Laboratory Instrument markets, as well as for Consumer, Industrial, and Telecom markets.
This session will focus on the key elements that have led to the success of this collaboration, along with areas that are still being developed, such as:
• Finding and retaining the right people
• Cross training/local immersion
• Collaborative engineering tools
• How to divide and manage the work load - leveraging the best skills of each team
• Understanding cultural differences and how to best work with them
• How to minimize risk and maximize efficiency
• Looking to the future: Areas for ongoing improvement of the team's effectiveness
• Vetting and working with suppliers overseas to improve DFM
We'll also show how an example project is worked by our US/China team, along with some of the ongoing challenges and rewards of utilizing this approach.