Creating Powerful Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps

Your strategy moves matter. Do you have a strong product line strategy with a sharp roadmap? Does your management make superb strategy decisions? The key is to understand the moves, both pivots and recasts. Teams mu The Adept Group is delighted to offer our superb workshop. Creating Powerful Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps January 17 and 18, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Info and Brochure This workshop delivers the knowledge to build and advance product lines. The workshop Read more […] Related posts: Eight Vital Facts about Product Line Strategies WHITEPAPER: Powerful Product Lines Strategies

The Misdirected Guidance of “Portfolio Balance”

by Paul O’Connor I have a simple message for everyone involved in product development. This message is especially important for PMOs. These are the manager’s responsible for analyzing project portfolios. They calculate resources and priorities to determine who should work on which projects. “Portfolio Balance” is misguided. The problem is no one knows what the “balance” should be. Instead, we make it up. That’s right, the gurus and experts make up numbers to impress you. Portfolio Read more […] Related posts: Product Portfolio Management – Picking Flowers in the Dark I Had a Portfolio Management Epiphany

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 because of the easily understood direct, variable cost of a product. Rather it is a black art because a wizard must allocate mysterious organizational overhead to a product line Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Powerful Product Lines Strategies Assessing the Full Risk of New Product Development Projects

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

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 is concerning. It is my observation that, at a minimum, conducting and carrying out  intelligent product line strategizing Read more […] Related posts: WEBINAR: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping On Demand, Anytime Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

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 solution approach than most nirvana-preaching specialists suggest. The Six Foremost Pitfalls Consider for a moment that it has Read more […] Related posts: I Had a Portfolio Management Epiphany Why Good Portfolio Management Depends on a Robust Front-end

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 absolutely critical to every organization.  Simply stated, the value proposition of Product Line Strategizing Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Intro to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping as a Process RoadMapping RampUp™

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. To break through this limitation, managers need to figure out how to get bigger and better innovations Read more […] Related posts: Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping

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 Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management and Paul O’Connor, Founder and Managing Director Read more […] Related posts: On-Demand Webinar: Why Is It So Hard to Get Traction with Product Line Roadmapping? On Demand, Anytime Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

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 to focus knowledge gathering, business analysis, and strategic thinking on one thing: advancing a product line. In a full architecture of new Read more […] Related posts: The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping