bb7 Vice President Assumes Leadership Role in Global Professional Alliance

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Randy Iliff, Vice President of global product development firm (bb7) steps into role within the alliance of the International Council of Systems Engineers, the Project Management Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Randy Iliff, Vice President of bb7

Thousands of engineers and project managers have candidly shared with me that their ability to innovate great products is severely limited not by lack of skills or tools, but by the improperly chosen rules imposed by their own management.

Comprehensive product development firm, bb7 announces a new leadership role aimed at improving program management quality, cycle time, and cost performance by improving the coordination between business and technical dimensions of developmental project effort. bb7’s Randall Iliff will join an alliance formed in 2011 by the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence.

Iliff, a founding member of INCOSE, will serve as the INCOSE representative. “I am honored to participate in such a prestigious group,” said Iliff. “A robust study was conducted at MIT showing key pain points in the Program Manager/Systems Engineer interaction and how those pain points directly impact business. This led to publication of The Guide to Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs in 2013. That work won the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. There’s a lot more still to share,” said Iliff.

Iliff is a recognized expert within program management, systems engineering, systems integration and product development. He is a founding member of INCOSE, the premiere Systems Engineering association that now boasts over 10,000 members worldwide. Iliff is also a 15-year member of PMI (the largest organization of professional project, program and portfolio managers). Further, he is a regular speaker at INCOSE events and other global conferences covering topics on nearly every aspect of enterprise wide system excellence. At bb7, he helps clients maximize market potential through business and strategic planning, product technology road mapping, project, program and portfolio management, systems engineering and continuous process improvement. Additionally, he develops and delivers courses dedicated to innovation excellence.

Iliff consults managers, engineers, teams, and organizations toward overcoming critical obstacles that hinder product development success. “Thousands of engineers and project managers have candidly shared with me that their ability to innovate great products is severely limited not by lack of skills or tools, but by the improperly chosen rules imposed by their own management.” said Iliff. “I am passionately committed to removing barriers that prevent individuals and organizations from reaching their true potential. No investment opportunity is as attractive as learning to align technical effort with business and project reality.”

bb7 is proud to support this additional role for Iliff. “Harmonizing technical and project roles is fundamental to product development success,” said Jim Frater, bb7 President. “There is no better person than Randy to lead the alliance toward their goals. Our alignment with leading organizations such as INCOSE, PMI and MIT demonstrates bb7’s strong commitment to innovation thought leadership.”

About bb7: bb7 is a global product development firm known for being the secret weapon behind profitable products that solve untapped demand, unresolved needs and business goals – across nearly every industry. The key to bb7’s high project success rates: More in-house capabilities than the average PD firm. Start-ups through Fortune 500 companies have relied on bb7 for product strategy, market & design research, concept development, ID, prototyping, engineering, testing and product implementation.

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