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Our Looming Product Line Mess

I have an important and timely message for product and innovation managers. It’s specifically for those who work in big companies. And I base the message on a fact I’ve seen validated repeatedly over my career. Here’s the fact: Growing markets forgive mistakes and declining markets revive and amplify mistakes. And here’s the message: Many […]

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The Covid Economy Demands a Unique Product Line Strategy Move

“We’re so afraid of financial disaster that we’re afraid to spend money to avoid financial disaster.” Most of us are just getting our arms around how bad our economic future looks. First quarter earnings are being reported, and the news is poor, even with two of the three months reflecting the pre-Covid world. Bankruptcies have […]

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The Red Queen’s Race

Winning the Red Queen’s Race in New Product Development “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Does product development seem […]

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Agile and Strategy

The Need for Responsive Roadmapping Agile implementations have a big problem. When they bump up against an organization’s culture, progress can stop. It turns out, behaviors and practices can be a brick wall. To me, it’s humorous to hear experts say Agile’s full benefits accrue only from “transformative implementations.” They declare an organization, from top […]

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Growth Portfolio

The set of all growth activities and initiatives within a business unit, including, but not limited to, those for all product lines.

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Innovation Charters

The Missing Linchpin to Product Line Strategy Most managers and executives know fast product development helps successful outcomes. There are two reasons for the push for speed. First, fast development is more efficient and less costly. And second, the sooner you launch a product, the better your competitive position. While there’s not a 100% correlation […]

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Understanding Great Product Line Strategy

The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategy In my book and Masterclasses, I lay out a strong framework for product line strategies.  I complement this with an easily understood lexicon. Together, the framework and lexicon are important to gaining greater impact from product lines. And they’re not just for product line teams. Let me explain […]

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Product Portfolio Management – Picking Flowers in the Dark

Project prioritization is difficult. As a result, senior managers who govern portfolios often make things up as they go. Why not? Somebody must figure what’s more important and what’s not. It might as well be whoever is looking at the bubble charts. There are two big challenges with figuring out project prioritization. First, product lines […]

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Lean Startups and Intrapreneurship Evade Core Challenges

Pick up any business publication, and you’ll see stories and articles on how organizations must innovate. The message is clear. Your organization’s health, your personal future, and our whole society depend on improving innovation. Good writing with good stories can make compelling arguments to support simple approaches. They stress helping and encouraging you to think […]