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Workshop EPFL Innovation Park

Workshop EPFL Innovation Park

18th February 2016, 8h30-12h30 – Salle Uranus, Building D, ground floor

Lessons from Innovation Management by Logitech’s former VP of Engineering—Yves Karcher

Managing technical projects means focussing and selecting the most pertinent solutions for a given innovation strategy and roadmap. 
How do we feed and process efficiently the innovation funnel? How do we focus?
How do we inform leaders about the potential of technical ideas or concepts ?

Pitfalls, obstacles and issues are expected. What are they, how to overcome them?


This Innovation Management workshop will focus around the following themes:

  • Feeding and exploiting the innovation funnel and managing it with simple, visual tools
  • Building an aligned organisational design (strategy – structure – process – people – incentive) that allows to trigger, select and manage innovation projects, ingredients and discoveries.

Through two highly interactive workshops, also learning from each other, you will:

  • Have an appreciation for the execution of innovation projects and their ingredients
  • Understand technology push vs customer insights pull
  • Have clarity on how much processes are needed and how risks are managed.

The workshops will be held in English and/or French, depending on the audience.
Bio of the workshop leader: Yves Karcher

yves karcherYves Karcher received his Master of Sciences of Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (INPG) with Honors in 1982 and an EMBA from IMD Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004. He joined Hewlett Packard, Grenoble as Hardware Engineer then moved to AGIE, Switzerland, as Software Engineer creating a disruptive type of Electro Erosion Machine tool. He joined Logitech in 1989 and held various leadership roles in IT, Quality management, software development and enterprise projects, such as innovative workflow tools and the first Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

In 1999, Yves Karcher lead Logitech Engineering as director for mice and trackballs and later as Vice-President for all Consumer Computing products, which included retail, OEM, Gaming and tablet-related accessories as well as future categories. Experimenting with innovation, new technologies and customer insights methods, he partnered closely with General Managers and his marketing and counterparts to define the strategy, the roadmap and the global execution plan that delivered double digit category growth for mature categories and that successfully introduced new categories such as keyboards for iPad. He lead and developed a group of up to 400 engineers globally.

At the same time, as Swiss site leader, he moved the Swiss facilities on the EPFL campus, and created an environment that further fostered collaboration and innovation for 220+ employees. Featured in several case studies and with strong ties to EPFL, IMD and local community, Yves intervenes routinely in classes and workshops on the theme of innovation, company values and bridges between innovation strategy and execution.
In January 2015, Yves Karcher retired from the corporate world and created InnoExec to share what he learnt on Innovation and Execution to companies and students. He interacts in French and English, whether in one-to-one coaching, classes, seminars or workshops.

More info at www.innoexec.com


Limited to 25 participants: CEO & staff related to Product Development

First come, first served

RSVP : ignell@epfl-innovationpark.ch

Don’t wait too long to sign up, the places will go fast!