Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fueling Innovation Through Gemba Walks

Presentation Slides from the April 2015 General Meeting:

“Fueling Innovation Through Gemba Walks”
Mr. Derks, a business innovation teacher, speaker and author will discuss the importance of Gemba Walks to Innovation.

ASQ – Innovation and Gemba Walks

Rich Derks, Managing Partner – Innovation 360, MBA, Speaker, Author

24f9db4Rich is Managing Partner of Innovation360, headquartered in the Chicago area. Innovation360 provides innovation training and full-service new product development for organizations. Over his 25-year career, Derks has developed and launched hundreds of new products for the consumer, medical, and industrial markets. Before starting Innovation360, Derks was president of Medline’s Durable Medical Equipment Division, where he had global responsibility for all new product development, manufacturing, and marketing for a wide variety of medical equipment. Derks holds a MBA-Marketing and a BS-Industrial & Systems Engineering, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also CPIM certified through APICS. Derks holds multiple patents, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, Stanford University, MIT, Northwestern, and the University of Wisconsin. He is also an instructor with the Illinois Institute of Technology where he team teaches a class on business innovation. Rich has published numerous articles on creativity and innovation, and is a past columnist for Product and Process Innovation.
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