Agenda: Thursday, April 1, 2004

Noon Registration and Badge Pick-up Opens

Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits); shirts with collars; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are okay.

Special Session: Executive Briefing on Visual Journalism

Eileen Clegg
Agility Factor

Executive briefing on visual journalism. What is it. Why it matters. What you need to know to take advantage of it. 

On the walls surrounding the COFES sessions, murals will be unfolding on 4’ by 8’ paper to document the presentations and discussions among presenters and participants. The murals serve as tools for communicating the “gestalt” of abstract ideas, opening further discussion, and recording group memory.  Visual journalist Eileen Clegg will create these visuals to capture out the tacit knowledge, intuition, unspoken themes, and creative ideas of the COFES event.  The murals will then be digitally photographed for the COFES website.

Why Visuals? As cognitive psychology explains more of the mystery behind how images work on the human brain, visual communication increasingly is understood as a powerful strategic tool for organizations. Researchers have found through empirical studies that people can more quickly integrate and act on information when it is presented visually. Graphics function to create a literal “space” for information in a way that allows people to see patterns and relationships between ideas. COFES participants will have the opportunity to use visuals to see their own group-thinking, while becoming acquainted with this future-oriented communication tool.

Special Session: Jeff Harrow's "The Pace of Change.."

Jeff Harrow
The Harrow Group

Jeff will update and reprise his COFES2003 keynote:

The Pace of Change is Increasing -- Dramatically! Convergence Is Dead... Long Live Convergence!

A new form of "Convergence" is emerging, which promises to evolve into something that will make the results of the first wave of Convergence seem insignificant. (The first wave of convergence, which has dramatically changed how we work, live, and play, was the coming together of Computing, Consumer electronics, Content, and Communications.)

This new form of Convergence holds the potential to change almost everything--including your customers' needs and desires, and hence your very business. And its impact on engineering tools will be profound. Individuals and many businesses who ignored the first Convergence became road-kill by the side of the Information Highway.

The rules are changing again--all the rules. Whether you use or make engineering software, the sooner you understand this, the better-positioned you will be to profit from this change.
6:00 -
Welcome Reception and Open House 

Meet the vendors that make COFES possible. Technology-Suites have been set up for you to discuss corporate direction, business development, and potential partnerships. They are NOT demo rooms—the vendors are here to talk, not sell. This is also your opportunity to sign up for Technology-Suite appointments.

Music, hors d'oeuvres, and refreshments.

COFES2004 Opening Intro 

Welcome, introductions, orientation, and schedule.