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Workshop for R&D leaders “addressing your issues, obstacles & challenges in your day-job”

Workshop EPFL Innovation Park
16th May 2017, 8h30-12h30 – Room Uranus, Building D, ground floor

Workshop for R&D leaders by Logitech’s former VP of Engineering—Yves Karcher

This workshop is aimed at addressing your issues, obstacles & challenges in your day-job such as:
dealing with Marketing, deciding which projects to pursue, organising for speed…

This workshop will be customised around the issues and challenges that you are meeting as an R&D leader, such as:

  • “I have many more projects to deliver than I have budget for”
  • “I am focused on delivery of current projects and have no time for feeding and exploiting the innovation funnel”
  • “It is tough to manage my global team which is distributed on 5 different sites”
  • “My marketing counterpart can’t decide on features”
  • “I can’t keep up with projects that gets started, redirected, changed …”
  • “For some projects, I need to reduce time to market. For others, it’s all about performance…how do I deal with this”?
  • “I have technology projects embedded in product projects – how can I manage this risk?”

After you have registered for this workshop (see below), you are kindly asked to send your issues, obstacles, challenges by May 1st to Yves Karcher, elaborating on what is the impact of the challenge and providing examples as required.

After having consolidated and selected the key challenges, Yves will share some of his learnings about them. Then the participants will be split in small teams. With Yves’ coaching, each team will debate and work on a selected issue and report back to the group. We will have one more iteration of this teamwork during the half-day.

Through two highly interactive workshops, also learning from each other, you will find anchor points and possible options for you to move forward. You will also learn to know peers with similar issues.

The workshops will be held in English and/or French, depending on the audience.


Bio of the workshop leader: Yves Karcher
Yves 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 in various leadership roles.
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.
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.
Here are companies where he worked with R&D leaders: Flyability, Audemars-Piguet, Nissan, PMI
More info at www.innoexec.com


Date: 16th May 2017, 8h30 – 12h30 – Salle Uranus, Building D, ground floor
Limited to 12 participants: leaders in Product Development
First come, first served !

RSVP : ignell@epfl-innovationpark.ch

Thanks to include company name, full contact details as well as mobile number.