IEEE Oregon Section TEMS Workshop Series- Systematic Innovations Methods applied in Problem Solving


Systematic Innovations Methods applied in Problem Solving

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  • 3025 SW Zworykin Avenue
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • United States 97077
  • Building: Bldg 38
  • Room Number: Room: Atlanta/Calgary
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  • Jian (Jay) Guo

  • Co-sponsored by Jian (Jay) Guo
  • Starts 08 January 2019 09:00 PM
  • Ends 16 March 2019 11:40 AM
  • All times are America/Los_Angeles
  • No Admission Charge
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Dr. Tim Anderson


Systematic Innovations Methods applied in Problem Solving

In this workshop, Dr. Anderson will talk about how to develop a robust quantitative technique for identifying products embodying potentially disruptive technologies and give insights on how to provide an early warning indicator for management in terms of unrealistic NPD targets. This workshop will also enable you to best validate results by comparing to other studies and learn how to compare to existing technology forecasting approach.


A recent testament to the value of Tim Anderson's research on benchmarking occurred recently when a PSU graduate student asked him for help in assisting his new employer—a bank with more than 100,000 employees—to assess the performance of their employees. Anderson and the student developed a model that the bank is now using on an ongoing basis for target setting and performance evaluation for many of its service employees.

Benchmarking is widely used by companies, but often in an anecdotal or ad hoc manner for simple performance measures. Anderson's research has come up with more sophisticated and robust ways to use benchmarking to assess the strength of both people and products in an organization. It's especially useful in companies with separate operating units. His tools can measure dozens or hundreds of operating units and compare them, allowing the company to set performance targets that accurately reflect each unit's operating circumstance.

Anderson is known internationally for his work on benchmarking. He's currently working on assessment models for technology forecasting in new product development that, in its preliminary stages, showed a 30 percent improvement over existing methods.

Originally an electrical engineer, Anderson gravitated toward engineering and technology management after working with companies such as Qwest, Honeywell, and Oki Electric. He joined the Portland State faculty in 1995.




8:00 – 8:15

Overview of Temporal Models

8:15 – 8:45

What kind of R&D benchmarking questions can be examined?

8:45 – 9:15

Comparing products over time (a product’s performance doesn’t change but new products are developed

9:15 – 10:00

Examples, Flash Drives and Enterprise Database Systems

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 10:45

Fighter Jets and Microprocessors


10:45 – 11:30

Disk Drives and Telecommunications

11:30 – 12:00





Professionals can get CEUs (Continuing Education Units) by attending this series of workshops. In order to do so attendees will need to fill out an evaluation form, we will distribute at the end of the workshop and attendees will receive their certificate at their address.