Fighting Evil Complexity Costs

Smart Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps by Paul O’Connor, NPDP Accounting can be as thrilling as getting teeth pulled. Cost accounting, however, is a skill product developers must get their arms around. This is the black art of calculating how much products cost to develop, make and sell.  I call it a black art not […]

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, […]

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 […]

Eight Important Facts about Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps

by Paul O’Connor Interested in Product Line Strategies or Product Line Roadmaps?  Here are eight (of many) important facts: The biggest mistake companies make regarding product line strategies is to do nothing at all.  Orientation toward one-off product development seldom beats a competitor’s “proactive” multi-generation product line strategy, no matter how good innovation techniques, portfolio […]

Breaking Through the Ceiling of Your NPD Portfolio

Leverage product line roadmapping to radically increase NPD productivity There is a ceiling on how much benefit your organization can gain from improving processes and capabilities related to stages and gates, and portfolio management.  No matter how you fine-tune these processes, the simple fact is that what enters the development pipeline is the main constraining factor on what comes. […]

Best Practices and Mistakes to Avoid when Building Capability in Your NPD Architecture

Paul O’Connor has been developing thought leadership pieces around best practices — and common mistakes that CAN be avoided — for building out process capability across the full architecture of new product development. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read these, here are several ways to gather this information: Bringing Maturity to the Front-End: […]

Celebrating the Gaps in Your New Product Development Processes

As companies mature in their stages-and-gates and portfolio management processes, they often become aware of gaps or immaturity in their new product development (NPD) processes earlier in the pipeline, i.e., in the front end. This is not a time to panic. In fact, it is a time to celebrate the progress that has been made […]

Does Your Portfolio Team Feel Like a Fight Club?

6 Steps to Better Portfolio Management 1. Have a standing cross-organizational portfolio team: A Portfolio Analysis and Recommendation Team (PART) with a structure, process, cadence, measures, metrics, and portfolio goals will create an efficient and credible environment for portfolio issues to be managed. 2. Define product line strategies: With organization and management input, define product line strategies […]

Roadblocks, Roadmaps and Moving Beyond Metaphors to True Innovation Success

Many companies truly aspire to be innovative. They talk about driving innovation, or delivering on the promise of innovation, or speeding innovation. Yet, trying to be innovative – regardless of how compelling the case and the rhetoric – without an execution plan tied to strategy, is a huge roadblock to success. Although a product line […]

Help! My NPD Process is Stuck in the 80’s

Your NPD process is stuck in the 80s when… Your organization still calls it ‘stage-gate’. Your portfolio of projects consists of an Excel™ spreadsheet. Projects get into the process and never get killed. Concepts are generated from random brainstorming or are management pet projects. Your product line roadmap is a PowerPoint™ that someone from marketing […]

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