Paul O ConnorManaging Director
The Adept Group
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Paul O'Connor founded The Adept Group with a single focus: to improve innovation in large companies. Today, his clients include a long list of global companies across nearly every industry. O'Connor began his career working at a leading innovation and strategy "Think Tank". The firm created the original open innovation approach. Paul led and simplified innovation initiatives at major companies including Exxon and Procter & Gamble. During this time, he worked with pioneers in project screening, staged development, portfolio management, and intrapreneurship. From 1990 to 1992, O'Connor served as president of the Product Development and Management Association. PDMA is a leading proponent of best practices in innovation and product management. Paul played a key role in shaping PDMA's first certification test for professional recognition. And he helped set up foundational research on best practices and measuring new product success. Paul has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, business publications, and blogs. He was among the first contributors to PDMA's Handbook of Product Development in 1996 and 2008. Paul wrote for PDMA's 2004 ToolBook and was a contributing editor to R&D Magazine. His research on best practice implementation appeared in the respected Journal of Product Innovation Management. O'Connor teaches a Masterclass in creating and carrying out smart product line strategy. He's also a frequent speaker at professional meetings and corporate seminars. O'Connor earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He then earned an MBA from Babson College. Outside the office, Paul spends his free time involved with family, music, and dogs.
The Adept Group is a consulting firm serving clients around the world. We are expert in product development, product line strategy, and product management. Our goal is to improve measurably the contributions each client gains from their new or existing product lines. We do this through intelligent product line strategy moves, pivots, and transformations.
Adept tailors all services to each client. We recognize the need to share our knowledge with client teams. We work with teams to impart thought models, key tools, and techniques. We use collaborative work approaches throughout each engagement.
We offer world-class ability and experience in creating and carrying out product line strategies. Our skills and talents include design thinking, innovation management, agile project management. And we use our extensive knowledge in portfolio management, jobs-to-be-done analytics, and responsive roadmap management.