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Wasatch Chapter Meeting @ Weber State University -- The Principle Driven Development (PDD) ‘Open-Windows’ Tool by Howard Cooper

  • Date:
    Sep 9, 2021 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Address: Weber State University, 1447 Edvalson St
  • Location: Ogden, Utah USA
  • Venue:
    Weber State University; Ogden, Utah
  • Contact: Paul White
  • Email:
  • Phone: 385-393-2137, 903-900-9609
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For our September meeting, the INCOSE Wasatch chapter will meet at Weber State University in Ogden!

We invite you to join us as Howard Cooper discusses "How to predict, forecast and develop the next ‘big thing,’ customers will adopt and embrace, before the competition does, using  the Principle Driven Development (PDD) ‘Open-Windows’ tool".

Weber State University

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner & Networking
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. -- Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. -- "How to predict, forecast and develop the next ‘big thing,’ customers will adopt and embrace, before the competition does, using  the Principle Driven Development (PDD) ‘Open-Windows’ tool" by Howard Cooper
Building & Room Number
Weber State University
Engineering Technology (ET) Building
1447 Edvalson St
Ogden, UT 84408

Room 104 - Dean's Conference Room

Enter thru the front of the ET building.  When in the lobby, the deans conference room is the first hallway/door on the left. The conference room itself is on the right

Parking Information
Lot A2
Parking is free after 6:00 p.m.
Parking information is available at

Campus Map
A campus map is available at
This map has the Engineering Technology (ET) Building and Lot A2 Parking Lot circled. (Click to enlarge and download.)
Weber Campus Map

We recommend arriving 15 minutes early to allow time for parking and locating the conference room.

Dinner will be served to those who attend at Weber State.

RSVP: -- You may attend in person or virtually.


This presentation introduces a model-based, structured approach to isolate and identify the way(s) your legacy or current product/system will need to improve, in order to lead the market and provide the value your customer will be looking for in the future. So, you can begin making tomorrow today.

Using the 14 stages of innovation and a simple tool called Open Windows, attendees will learn how to analyze and process their own product or system to forecast and see how it must be improved to meet the needs of tomorrows customer(s). These two tools replace the need for time consuming brainstorming, ‘thinking outside the box’, mind-mapping and other wasteful  innovation activities.  SE’s can now facilitate 1-2 hour innovation workshop sessions to help advance;  
a. design, 
b. development, 
c. overcome system constraints and 
d. help working groups to rapidly find innovative solutions to safety, reliability, useability and other specialty-engineering gap-risks. 

These principles were recently used at General Dynamics Land Systems, over a 5 year period, with 26 different design & development teams to transform “unsolvable problems” into innovative solutions. The result was $233 million savings for their customer, the U.S. Army.  

Implementing an SE-PDD Innovation System within a company, fills an important gap in SE capability, rapid innovative problem solving.  Discover Structured Innovation – the Innovator’s Engine – so you can predict and characterize the next innovation your customers will embraced, before your competitor does it. 
Professional Biography:

Howard Cooper, is an Innovation ‘methods & tools’ trainer and consultant.  He is a Six Sigma certified DFSS Black Belt, a certified innovation coach and DfR Reliability engineer.  Howard recently spent 6 years helping General Dynamics, a Defense & Aerospace company, in developing and facilitating innovation tools for their Innovation Center and with their systems engineering work groups.  He also served as lead DfR Reliability Engineer.  Mr. Cooper is also a 28-year veteran automation equipment reliability consultant where he enjoyed helping companies innovatively eliminate 70% - 92% of their unscheduled equipment downtime, usually in 30-60 days!  
In 2005 he trademarked the acronym FISH™ and FISHing™ (Functional Interface Stress Hardening) to explain his method for achieving such marked reliability improvements, both through Design for Reliability (DfR) and on after-market fielded  equipment, working with manufacturing engineers, design teams, hospitals, telecom and data centers, medical teams, oil companies and high security facilities to achieve increased uptime, “lean capable” machine tools and automated equipment reliability. Clients have realized hundreds of millions in increased profits. His seminar:
 “How To Eliminate 70-92% of Your Equipment Downtime in 30-60 Days” (How to FISH)
 has been rated as “most valued seminar of my career” by technicians, engineers and managers.  

Mr. Cooper’s BS and MS degrees in electronics and industrial technology led him to first serve as a  Fabrication Supervisor for Signetics Semiconductor, then as Chief Maintenance and Reliability Engineer for John Deere Co, then for Hughes/Baker EIMCO.  He then consulted full time for 22 years, until 2005 when GE called him to help apply Six Sigma DfR to the design of a portable 3D xRay system for hospitals. 2006-2016 found Mr. Cooper helping General Dynamics facilitate DfR and a structured process to generate rapid problem solving and innovative solutions for systems under development. Later in 2016 he independently formed i3DAY Innovation to help product/system development companies across the U.S. to understand and implement their own PDD-System to start developing 15X more hits than misses and often do it in 1/3rd the time.

Please contact Paul White, Chapter President, at 385-393-2137 (office), 903-900-9609 (mobile), or