Puzzles to Products: Problem-solving techniques in NPD

Puzzles to Products: Problem-solving Techniques in NPD

PDMA Minnesota | June 21, 2023


New product launches are notorious in the resources required to make “the thing” go! Here are eight key steps to an effective launch. Deming offered the world the straight skinny with PDCA. The good folks at Toyota took his work and made it even easier to use, adding a few steps that clarify the details and offers all of us a step up!

Learning Objectives

  • 8 step problem-solving is your tool of choice.
  • The correlation of 8 step and LPD is magic!
  • Step one is the most important!
  • DO NOT skip steps!


  • 5:30-6:00 - Virtual Networking
  • 6:00-6:10 - Introductions
  • 6:10-6:50 - Presentation
  • 6:50-7:00 - Q&A
  • 7:00 - Adjourn

About the Speaker

Christian WolcottChristian Wolcott, Principal and co-owner, Applied Marketing Science

Christian is a globally experienced professional business change agent focused on inspiring and developing organizational excellence.

He has over 25 years of continuous improvement experience building high performance teams in multiple business sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, government, justice, international finance, IT, and non-profit.

Christian founded Semoto in the fall of 2020 with a focus on strategy deployment, management systems and specialized turn-around services. Semoto maintains a network of dedicated, traveled, management system experts who share mastery skills in Kaizen. He previously worked with Kaizen Institute where he served as Director for Japan Insight Tours, traveling, and teaching with founder Masaaki Imai and served clients globally as a Senior Consultant.

Clientele includes PACCAR- Kenworth and Peterbilt, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Polk, Amazon, Origami Owl, Facebook, Capital One, Thule, Shell, Philips, Technip, Randstad, Ahlstrom, World Vision, NASA, University of Victoria, and other organizations from every sector.

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