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 3rd Annual User's Group Meeting
December 17, 2020
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December 17, 2020 Annual Symposium

Hello BlueDragon Nation!

Our 3rd annual BlueDragon user's Group Meeting was held on December 17, 2020.  The  virtual symposium included presentations from BlueDragon users followed by discussions, questions and answers.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's meeting was held online through WebEx. The turnout exceeded expectations, with three times more in attendance than in previous years; no doubt because it was more convenient to attend the virtual meeting.  We will likely hold more virtual symposiums in the future to allow more participants from all over the world to attend from the comfort of their home or office.  


This year featured a great list of presenters (see our agenda below) as well as a keynote address from Dr. Nuala Calnan, the founder and principal of BioPharm Excel on the challenges in improving performance in Pharma.  The presentations were highly informative and well received.  On this page you will find links to the presentations if you wish to download them.  A link to the video of the presentation will also be made available as soon as possible.  

Thanks to all in attendance and we look forward to "seeing" you again in future engagements.  

Happy Holidays!
Rob De La Espriella
(772) 341-1093 

2020 AGENDA 

0900 Rob – Welcome / BlueDragon 2021 >> Click here for the presentation

0930 Donna Mailhot – Lawrence Livermore National Lab  >> Click here for the presentation

1000 William Hall – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions >> Click here for the presentation

1030 Tim Worrell – Merrick & Co. >> Click here for the presentation

1115 Scott Trammell – Bechtel National  >> Click here for the presentation


1145 KEYNOTE: Nuala Calnan, PhD – Founder and Principal at BioPharm Excel  

Topic: Eliminating recurring failure in the  biopharma / life science sector - challenges and opportunities!

(Nuala will be speaking to us from Dublin, Ireland)


1215 to 1300 – LUNCH  


1300 Mario Cubillo & Ed Sierra - Brookhaven National Lab >> Click here for the presentation

1330 Dave Giblin – Sandia National Lab  (no formal presentation) 

1400 Robbie Harris – Los Alamos National Lab  (no formal presentation) 

1530 Closing remarks (ALL)  

1600 End of Annual Meeting  

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User's Group Meetings are held once per year.  Managers, practitioners and distinguished guests share lessons learned through presentations and group discussions on topics that are important to BlueDragon users.  These include success stories of BlueDragon root cause analyses, problems with management indoctrination, and difficulties or challenges in conducting the investigations.  


Attendees bring a wealth of knowledge from the perspectives of practitioners at the National Laboratories, the nuclear weapons complex and other BlueDragon clients.  There are also breakout sessions on selected topics of interest that you can participate in.   In addition, Rob, BlueDragon's creator, usually provides an update on the latest BlueDragon tools and techniques.  


User's Group Meetings are attended by practitioners from client organizations ranging from staff all the way up to the CEO.  These meetings present the opportunity to meet and exchange contact information with industry peers and subject matter experts.  During the meetings, we seek to put coalitions in place to work together on problems as we often find that we are trying to solve similar problems at the different sites.