Expert Topic

Innovation Metrics

How many product development organizations are truly innovating? And of those that are, how many can measure innovation and rely on it as a corporate capability?

Innovation metrics are not about measuring for the sake of measurement. They are about creating a reliable and predictable innovation factory.

The best metrics do not just measure results after the fact – they measure processes that predict success.

Innovation metrics are not as much about measuring results as organizing and optimizing the behaviors that produce results.
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About Wayne

  • 20 years of hands-on management of large engineering, manufacturing, and procurement organizations focusing on product/service development, especially in areas of collaborative design, metrics, supply chain management, and business strategy implementation
  • Clients include Fortune 500 companies, major universities (Stanford, MIT, Carnegie-Mellon University), and government agencies in product development, supply chain management, and rapidly implementing enterprise-wide change


Principal • Product Development Consulting, Inc.
1997 — Present
  • Product/service development, especially in areas of collaborative design, metrics, supply chain management, and business strategy implementation
Senior Scientist • Hughes Aircraft Company
1978 — 1997
  • Projects included infrared imaging, radar system, GPS satellite systems and DirecTV


Loyola Marymount University
MS, Engineering, 1981
Carnegie Mellon University
BS, Electrical Engineering, Economics, 1977

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Keynote speaker on rapid organizational change and a featured speaker on performance improvement, metrics, voice of the customer, supply chain management, and product development


  • Rethinking R&D Efficiency (2013)
  • Co-author, Product Development and Management Association's PDMA ToolBook 3 (2007)
  • Co-author of Value Innovation Portfolio Management (2006)
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