Stevens’ School of Systems & Enterprises Article Wins 2010 “Best of Visions” Award

Hoboken, NJ – An article written by Portia Crowe, Ph.D. candidate, and Dr. Robert Cloutier of the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology describing a significant upgrade to a major U.S. Department of Defense readiness reporting system has won the “Best of Visions” award for 2010 from the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), publisher of Visions magazine.
The article provides a guide for organizations to streamline product development using an agile approach in a setting where circumstances and needs are consistently changing. A copy of the article, “The U.S. Army updates its readiness reporting system using an ‘Agile’ approach in a challenging environment”, may be found at (October 2009 issue, page 13).
“Stevens Institute of Technology has a long history of collaborating with the US Army. This research is significant in showing that agile approaches pioneered in software engineering are extendable and have broader  importance to the practice of systems engineering as a whole,” explained Dr. Cloutier, Associate Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises.
"The quality academic research that I have been able to accomplish at Stevens has provided me with the tools and knowledge to enable advancement and innovation in many programs in the US Army,” Crowe, US Army Strategic Battle Command technical director and chief engineer of the Army Defense Readiness and Projection Systems, said. “Specifically, the case study describes the Agile process used in rapid fielding of Warfighter capabilities allowing for great benefit to the Army. This model was repeated in a complimentary system reusing the same methods and process for the Unites States Marine Corps." 
Crowe and Cloutier’s in-depth piece was selected from a wide array of articles authored by new product development experts from around the globe and published by Visions in 2009. The award was presented this month at the 34th Annual Global Conference on Product Innovation Management in Orlando, Florida.   
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and
About PDMA
The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. PDMA accomplishes this by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.
About Visions Magazine
Visions is an award-winning industry magazine published quarterly by PDMA. For more than 20 years it has kept product development professionals on top of the latest practices in the field through feature stories, case studies, and other articles on trends and techniques.