Chapter 20 The Product Creation Process

DOI: 10.4324/9781003231837-20

Day 1

As Davanti was preparing for its typical late-summer slowdown—common across Italian industry—Ricardo and Sofia gather the Volta team in Emilio’s old office.

“With the Tour in the rear-view mirror now, it’s time to focus on what’s next,” says Ricardo.

“You mean the August shutdown?” asks Gina.

“That is part of it,” says Ricardo.

“This year it may be more of a slowdown,” says Carolina Petrale, the new R&D operations manager. “We’d like to keep a skeleton crew in the prototype shop and test lab to help with the new products we moved up; the offices will be open but largely empty except for this group. Of course, you may have plans, and we understand if you’d rather ...

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