Tools & Techniques Forum Featuring Accept Software



  • Achieving Excellence in Software Release Planning

    Event Co-Sponsor

    The Silicon Valley Chapter of PMI


    Eric Finch, PhD, Director,PRTM
    James Davies, VP Marketing & Business Development, Accept Software

    Presentation Overview

    Pressure on software companies has never been greater -today’s economy requires nothing less than clinical execution when planning and executing new products and releases. In meeting this challenge head-on, executives, product managers, and project managers alike must replace gut feel, hallway discussion, and spreadsheets with robust product planning processes and solutions. Only with the right processes, tools and market intelligence in place can companies confidently launch a stream of winning products – products that meet or exceed customer expectations and align tightly with corporate goals and objectives.

    Eric Finch (Director, PRTM) will provide valuable insight into successful release planning practices. Drawing directly from experience working with some of today’s most innovative high-technology companies, Eric will offer both ideas for effective strategic and tactical product planning (and integration between the two) and also their effective implementation.

    James Davies (VP Marketing and Business Development, Accept Software Corporation) will examine how companies can leverage a new breed of planning tool – enterprise product planning solutions. James will show how such solutions readily solve the planning challenges of today and will offer practical advice on their implementation.


    Speaker Bios

    Eric Finch, PhD

    Dr. Finch is a Director with PRTM - the leading management consultancy to technology-based companies. Dr. Finch has held positions in software development and management for the last 18 years, and has helped found two software companies. After earning a doctorate in artificial intelligence at MIT, Dr. Finch spent 5 years at Gensym Corporation, pioneering development of expert system and neural network based manufacturing execution systems. Dr. Finch also holds an MBA degree from Duke University. At PRTM, he has worked with numerous software clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to Internet startups. He specializes in helping these companies reduce time-to-market, increase product quality, and successfully plan, manage and launch software products. Dr. Finch is based in the Mountain View office of PRTM.

    James Davies, VP Marketing & Business Development

    James Davies is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Accept Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise product planning solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Accept Software’s flagship product, Accept Planner 2™, provides a fully integrated, collaborative product planning solution that allows software companies to translate product strategy into winning, tactical product plans.

    James brings over fifteen years of new product development experience to Accept Software; as an advocate for process management and quality standards with BSI, as a management consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick and XIS, as the co-founder of Novare Software, an enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software company (acquired by Parametric Technology Corporation, PTC), and as the co-founder of The Future State, a PLM consulting firm. James has a BS Honors from University of Southampton, England.

    Event Logistics


    8:30-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9:00-9:15am Welcome and Introduction by PMI and SDForum
    9:15–9:55am Insights into effective Software Release Planning, Eric Finch, PRTM
    9:55-10:35am Role of Enterprise Product Planning Solutions, James Davies, Accept Software Corporation
    10:35–11:00am Moderated discussion


    SDForum Center
    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113



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