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 […]

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 […]

The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping

It is time to claim Product Line Roadmapping’s role as a critical link in your organization’s business strategy. Almost every product manager, technology manager, marketing manager, supply chain manager, operations manager and strategic planner knows about roadmapping. Few, however, have had the organizational support to conduct it superbly and specific to a product line. This […]

The Six Foremost Pitfalls of Product Development Portfolio Management

Managers need to be aware of several serious pitfalls of product development portfolio management. Moreover, organizations need to take steps to overcome these pitfalls in order to gain the true benefits of product development portfolio management. The difficulties of portfolio management are more encompassing than most managers think and in need of a much broader […]

Roadmapping Your Product Lines

A Profound Value Proposition Paul O’Connor, NPDP Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping is the most powerful of all NPD processes. It drives innovation, it amplifies development portfolios and it leverages  alignment with other non-product development business strategies.  Product line teams are working hard to learn, build capabilities and truly exploit this knowledge process that is […]

The Misdirected Guidance of “Portfolio Balance”

by Paul O’Connor Here is a simple message for all NPD and R&D managers and likewise for all Chief Innovation Officers.  This message is especially important for PMO’s with responsibility for analyzing a path forward for portfolios of new product development projects. The entire notion of “Portfolio Balance” is misguided. The problem is that no […]

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. […]

On-Demand Webinar: Product Line Roadmapping — Creating an Integrated, Scalable Approach

Roadmaps provide a structured visual depiction of strategy — supporting alignment and communication within and between organizations. This webinar explores how this powerful and flexible technique can be deployed efficiently in cross-functional workshops. As we move into our second webinar in this series on product line roadmapping, you’re invited to view this on-demand session, featuring […]

New Product Development Product Line Roadmapping

Focusing and Amplifying Innovation Product Line Roadmapping (PLR) is a powerful process. Smart managers use this process to coordinate and accelerate work that pulls together and creates critical insights related to a line of products. This might sound simple and straight-forward, but in practice, it is a dynamic and heady process. Activities within PLR help […]

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 […]

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