WHITEPAPER: Powerful Product Lines Strategies

A Framework for Deconstructing and Improving Product Lines Strategies by Paul O’Connor   Business strategy is interesting. To many managers, business strategy seems monolithic. In reality, it wraps around many functional strategies. Supply chain management has a strategy. Sales has a strategy. Manufacturing has a strategy. Plus, companies can stress strategies for areas like brand management, engineering, information technology, and human resources. Each functional strategy has its own Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Strategizing, Roadmapping and Executing the Product Line Creating Powerful Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps

WHITEPAPER – The Extraordinary Benefits of Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps

by Paul O’Connor, The Adept Group  Pick up almost any business publication, and you will see stories and articles about how organizations need to innovate and improve their product offerings. The message is clear. Your organization’s health and your personal future depend on improving innovation and product management. Good writing with good stories can make a compelling argument in support of some simple approaches. They emphasize helping and encouraging individuals to think and act “outside Read more […] Related posts: Eight Vital Facts about Product Line Strategies Multi-Generational Product Plans Vs. Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps

WHITEPAPER – An Introduction to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping as a Process

Focusing Product Management and Amplifying Innovation Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping (PLSR) is a powerful process. It is a highly flexible approach that smart managers use to coordinate and accelerate work that pulls together and creates critical insights related to a line of products. This is simple and straight-forward, yet in practice, it is also very dynamic and requires deeply thoughtful contributions. Teams select the activities within PLSR to match the situation of the product Read more […] Related posts: An Introduction to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping WHITEPAPER: Intro to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping as a Process

Why Good Portfolio Management Depends on a Robust Front-end

NPD and R&D Inputs and Outputs   by Paul O’Connor      If you are interested in NPD and R&D portfolio management, here is an important insight: Most Portfolio Management discussions, presentations, and articles address only the management of those projects that are under development. To state this in terms of process management, the insight is that portfolio management focuses only on those projects that are underway within the Stage-gate process. If you need evidence, simply Read more […] Related posts: Good Portfolio Management Includes Front-end Work The Six Foremost Pitfalls of Product Development Portfolio Management

Multi-Generational Product Plans Vs. Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps

by Paul O’Connor  I am often asked, “What is the difference between Multi-generational Product Planning (MGPP) and Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping (PLSR)?” The answer requires a short discussion. To those involved in product development or product management, exploring the difference and commonalities can be very insightful. There are several differences between Multi-Generational Product Plans (MGPP) and Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps (PLSR). But MGPP and PLSR are also Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER – The Extraordinary Benefits of Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps – Paul O’Connor

Reversing the Decline of Product Innovation

It’s over. We are now breaking out of the shackles of ‘do more with less’ and embracing the renewal of ‘doing much, much more, with more.’ I am a product guy. So quite naturally I put my “product glasses” on when observing and thinking about the world of innovation. But I recognize that the commercial value of creative and novel thinking has not been solely about new product development. Over the last few decades, there have been some very innovative ideas put into action in business Read more […] Related posts: The Role of Product Innovation in Business Strategy The Mindshare Battle in Product Development and Innovation Management

The Mindshare Battle in Product Development and Innovation Management

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, Conferences, Webinars, Podcasts, Slideshare, Youtube, Newsletters, eMails, Books, Videos, and Articles. These are delivery vehicles for content marketing that each of us connects to in some way, every day. It is hard to avoid it. In the field of new product development and innovation management, there is a tsunami of content. Take LinkedIn, for example. This internet ocean of content has enabled an endless flow of opinions, facts, and stories. While Read more […] Related posts: The Six Foremost Pitfalls of Product Development Portfolio Management Adept Group Services

Response to LinkedIn Post in PDMA Group Feb2016

Thank you for your comments, Lawrence.  It is always great to have a chance to discuss these topics with people who are interested. Your critique is important.  My response, however, requires more than just a few words. The argument I put forward in the article is that when organizations seek to advance their competitive positions via product development, a singular orientation toward Speed-to-Market is ludicrous – like the Red Queen’s Race.  Instead, the speed orientation should be complemented Read more […] Related posts: Winning the Red Queen’s Race of Product Development The PDMA ToolBook 2 for New Product Development

An Introduction to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

Focusing and Amplifying Innovation, Beating Competition and Winning Customers This whitepaper shares an overview of product line strategizing and roadmapping as an organizational capability.  It sets the stage for ensuing articles on what makes for brilliant product line strategies and stellar execution roadmaps. by Paul O’Connor       Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Intro to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping as a Process The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping

Maturing NPD Practices Beget New Processes

The Journey from Stage Gate to Portfolio Management to Product Line Roadmapping January 2016       By Paul O’Connor        paul.connor@adept-plm.com As the field of new product development (NPD) progresses and matures, many new processes and practices have been introduced. Some grow, mature and level off – or even decline – but their impact leads to the recognition of the next need or gap.  A new process or practice is then implemented that takes NPD organizations to its next Read more […] Related posts: Maturing NPD Practices Beget New Processes The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping