Yesterday I participated in a fun meeting.
“Health and Well Being” is the big umbrella for our business unit. Under that umbrella falls the categories: Oral care, Health care, Pet care, Feminine care, and snacks. (All this information is publicly available on Wikipedia and the March 2009 earnings release)
Anyway, once every few months all of the design groups under the H&WB umbrella get together. Yesterday was that meeting. Basically, each group presented what they’ve been up to and what their future plans were. It was very interesting to see how different each group was, both in design and organization. Of course, there were also a lot of similarities. I think many of the differences can be attributed to the different managing styles of each group.
Plus I got to meet a bunch of new people. It has been really cool so far to see how design has worked its influence into such a traditional company like P&G. Don’t believe me? Check out the talk about the new Scope Outlast bottle design. And the design manager in in charge of that project sits about fifteen feet from me.