Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2019 Maurice Holland Award

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2019 Maurice Holland Award

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Named after IRI's founder, the Holland Award is presented each year to the authors of the paper published in the previous year's volume of Research-Technology Management that best exemplifies the journal's values of significance to the field of R&D and innovation management, originality of new management concepts, and excellence in presentation.

Presented to Robert G. Cooper and Anita Friis Sommer for "Agile-Stage-Gate for Manufacturers: Changing the Way Products Are Developed."

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) announced the winners of its prestigious Holland Award at its Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 2019. The award went to Robert G. Cooper, Crawford Fellow of the Product Development and Management Association, and Anita Friis Sommer, senior innovation manager in Operations at LEGO Group.

The winning article, "Agile-Stage-Gate for Manufacturers: Changing the Way Products Are Developed," was published in the March/April 2018 edition of RTM. The article describes a product development process that combines a Stage-Gate process with approaches from Agile methodology. The article is a follow-up to Sommer's 2015 article "Improved Product Development through Agile/Stage-Gate Hybrids," which won the 2016 Holland Award. The hybrid model provides a way for physical product manufacturers to adopt the highly productive methods of Agile product development, which originated in the software industry. …

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