Fast Projects with Sanity Mini-Book
Global Brain, Inc, QRPD

QRPD®: Quality Rapid Product Development
Coaching & Training Companies to Develop Products in Half the Time

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About Global Brain®, Inc.

Global Brain’s mission is the warp-speed development of technology, individuals, and organizations. We’re a Silicon Valley-based management consulting group that helps companies accelerate and meet their product development demands by completing projects in “½ the time, at ½ the cost, with double the profits and double the fun!”

Principal Consultants and QRPD Coaches

  • Bradley Stewart  Consulting Partner

Jeff Schlageter
Consulting Partner, Managing Director
Office: (408) 528-7493
Cell: (650) 868-9334

Jeff Schlageter, BSEE/MSEE, is Managing Director and Consulting Partner with Global Brain, Inc. He has over 30 years experience in integrated circuits, systems, software, and hardware development, along with project management, advanced product development methodologies, and spent almost 20 years as a vice president of engineering.

Jeff also has been the general manager of three businesses of up to $200M in sales with over 200 professionals. His responsibilities included profit and loss and organizations consisting of marketing, applications, manufacturing, test operations, an assembly site, engineering, CMOS process development, advanced development, and a project office spread across 3 states.

Companies that Jeff has been employed by include Lucent (Ortel), Cirrus Logic, Actel, Advanced Micro Devices, Standard Microsystems, Fairchild Semiconductor, and General Electric. He has had experience in technologies such as optical components, FPGAs, ASICs, software, EDA Tools, memories, computer ICs, mixed signal, System on Chip, Intellectual Property Cores, CMOS process development, and magnetic storage.

Jeff has taught product development techniques for over 20 years, and has consulted for companies world wide since 2000 with Global Brain. Jeff teaches project management courses at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Jeff has also been President of the IEEE Memory Standardization Committee, has presented at the IEEE Solid States Circuit Conference, written numerous articles, contributed to a book, and has an architecture patent. Jeff has an office in San Jose, California and enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing, and golfing.

Orion Kopelman
Consulting Partner
Phone: (808) 283-8387

Orion ("Ori") Kopelman, author of Projects at Warp-Speed with QRPD®: The Definitive Guidebook to Quality Rapid Product Development, is President of Global Brain, Inc., the founder of QRPD, and one of America's leading product development experts. He has helped many technology-driven companies world-wide to significantly accelerate their projects and deliver products in record time. Previously, Ori was Vice-President of Engineering and division co-founder at Mountain Computer, a company which grew from 50 to 500 people between 1984-1990, with 32 consecutively profitable quarters.

An inventor and experienced project leader, Kopelman's enthusiasm for quality and solid command of the product development cycle have made him a much sought after lecturer. He served for three years as Chairman of IEEE's Engineering Management Society in Silicon Valley, and teaches QRPD at UC Berkeley Extension and at project management conferences throughout the United States. He earned his BSEE with distinction from Stanford University.

He has been honored as an Outstanding Young Man of America, Who's Who in America, and has published numerous papers and articles on rapid product development. In 1997 he won a Small Press Book Award for The 2nd Ten Commandments: Your Guide to Success In the Consciousness Age, a book on how to live a happier, healthier, less stressful, and more balanced life in this highly technological age.

Ori was 1980 Michigan high school tennis doubles state champion, and had a brief stint in college as a stand-up comedian. He loves personal growth, scuba diving, hiking, and travel; speaks Hebrew, German, and some French; and makes his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Cinda Voegtli
Consulting Partner
Phone: (650) 327-2012
Fax: (808) 878-2028

Cinda Voegtli, BSEE/CS, is a consulting partner with Global Brain, Inc. and co-author of Projects at Warp-Speed With QRPD®: The Definitive Guidebook to Quality Rapid Product Development. She is founder and President of, an online resource created to educate and support project managers just-in-time as they do their jobs. Cinda has over 22 years experience in hardware and software development, engineering and project management, and product development process improvement. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries such as data and telecommunications systems, medical devices, robotics and computer systems, software and information systems, and virtual reality and game products.

Cinda has held director-level positions at high-technology companies in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. Most recently she served as Vice-President of Knowledge Products at Vite' Corporation, a company specializing in advanced simulation software for project and portfolio management. She has also held management positions with E-Systems, Cygnus Computer Corporation, Timeplex Inc. and Unisys, and over her career has managed projects in start-up, high-growth, and established large corporate environments. Since 1992 she has provided clients such as Mobil Oil, Hewlett Packard, Nellcor, and Schlumberger with product development expertise focused on improving time-to-market. Cinda has led workshops at companies across the country and taught QRPD at UC Berkeley Extension. She is a frequent speaker at project and engineering management conferences around the world.

Cinda served as President of the worldwide Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Engineering Management Society for 2 years. She is the society's guest editor for special issues of the IEEE Engineering Management Review on project management, and is the author of a project management and leadership program in use by volunteers around the world.

Cinda resides in Los Altos, California, and enjoys camping, hiking, attending her daughter's gymnastics meets, and collecting antique maps.

Konrad Knell
Consulting Partner
Phone: (415) 927-8070
Fax: (415) 927-8001

Konrad Knell is a consulting partner with Global Brain, Inc. He has 14 years experience consulting to large global corporations in strategy development and technology portfolio management. He has directed the development of creative business strategies and helped companies invest in new products and technologies in many diverse industries, including hardware, telecommunications, information systems & services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, aircraft systems, consumer products, automotive, and oil & gas. He was a partner at Strategic Decisions Group and now heads his own strategy and development consulting practice.

Konrad also has four years experience managing technology projects in the aerospace industry. Recently, he has been focusing on training and coaching business leaders and groups. He teaches strategic visioning, strategic implementation, graphic facilitation, team building & dynamics, project leadership, and personality frameworks such as MBTI and the Enneagram. He also pioneers methods of bringing graphic facilitation, collaborative group process, and leadership development into strategic planning.

Konrad has earned a BA in Biology & Psychology from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He loves outdoor sports of all kinds, travel, yoga, and studying Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. He makes his home in Marin County, California.

Pedro Rump
Consulting Partner
Phone: (650) 327-2012
Fax: (808) 878-2028

Pedro Rump, BSEE/MSEE, is a consulting partner with Global Brain, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience leading the development of hardware and software and has been a VP of Engineering in both private and public companies in Silicon Valley. Most recently he led teams in robust networking applications. At Littlefeet, as VP of Engineering, he led the development of a cellular infrastructure RF coverage system. Previously, Pedro directed the engineering teams at SkyPilot, an 802.11 mesh networking company and Inviso, where he oversaw the development of the company's innovative LCOS microdisplay system. Before that he was VP of Engineering at Splash Technology, a provider of digital imaging server solutions.

Earlier Pedro managed various hardware and software design groups for ROLM, IBM and Siemens. He holds a MS and BS in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Pedro resides in Palo Alto, California and is a licensed pilot who enjoys high-altitude exploration of the Pacific coast in his Cirrus airplane.

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