Howard Cooper

Howard Cooper

Howard Cooper's Training:

My taining, facilitation and application exerience include:
Open Innovation - Why reinvent the wheel? Use what others have already done. But, don't lose your I.P. and "attack plan" and "development & market" in the process.

Closed Innovation - Use Tesla methods to protect I.P. and develop faster through solidtude and modeling.

Lateral & Vector Innovation - Selecting the righ process and team, based on the problem type, to carry good ideas and design concepts all the way through to execution and market readiness. Prevent innovative solutions from falling through the cracks, dieing in committee meetings and round-table discussions, or killed by company politics.

Structured Innovation - So you can;
1. Solve the problem in minutes rather than waiting months or years brainstorming and waiting for an epiphany,
2. Identify the next "big thing" and develop it before your competitor does, and
3. Overcome physical contradictions, engineering constraints and system technical conflicts, before they get baked into the design and likely cause product safety and reliability recalls and high warranty costs.

Experimental Innovation - Using DOE, Math Models and HALT/ALT methods to optimize performance, while minimizing material and labor costs for experimental prototypes and low-rate production testing, etc.

Diamond PM for Innovation - Process and Metrics to drive product Value during the race to meet budget, schedule and project scope.

Disruptive Innovation - So you can manage Horizon 3 future opportunities without suffering blind-sighted damage from the next S-Curve that could kill your business.

Design for Six Sigma and DfX Black Belt Certification and 8 years facilitationg engineering groups through DfR and DfX processes and problem/solution analysis.

Howard Cooper's Experience:

Facilitated manufacturing teams made up of; VP Mfg, Mfg Engineer, Mfg Mgr, Plant Mgr, Purchasing, Union Tradesmen and Maintenance Supervision - to identify and eliminate automated manufacturing systems and equipment malfunctions and down-time. Thirty seven such corporate project teams over 15 years, resulted in 70-92% reduction of unscheduled equipment downtime.

Facilitatied 36 different General Dynamics design & development engineering groups through their design due dilligence FMEA, Failure Mode Effects Analysis. Approx 25-35 hour activity for each team, at General Dynamics, resulted in documenting and prioritizing all potential ways the design might fail. Reported prioritized list of most critical failure modes and the root cause environmental and normal usage stresses causing each failure mode.

Facilitated 22 of these General Dynamics engineering groups through generating innovative mitigations to prevent critical failure modes. Approx 1 hour per group, playing the one-hour innovation game. Resulted in system design adoption and saved the US Army $158 million over lagacy systems in use.

Facilitating online innovation training, one-on-one. Guiding working professionals through learning and applying various innovation methodologies, processes and tool application.

Howard Cooper's Experience with Online Groups:

Over half of my design & development innovation projects have been facilitated online.

Approximately 10-15 of my corporate manufacturing systems reliablity projects have been facilitate by phone or online to do root cause analysis and then to apply recommendations in my FISH, Functional Interface Stress Hardening report. (see list of past clients).