About Paul O'Connor
Paul OâConnor is an expert in the field of New Product Development. For over twenty-five years he has worked with executives and facilitated teams of senior managers. In 1984, Paul founded The Adept Group Limited, Inc.
Capitalizing on his skills in business strategy, marketing research, technology assessment, organizational process and team facilitation, Mr. OâConnor influences and guides the product development and innovation efforts of clients in both consumer and industrial markets, around the globe. Read More
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How Product Line Roadmaps Differ From Product Roadmaps And Why You Need Both A product line roadmap is a timeline graphic that communicates how a team intends to carry out a product line strategy. It shows milestones and key relationships between strategy parts. At least one platform-lever is central to most product line strategies. Teams […]
The âPivotâ is synonymous with successful startups. Experts love to tell the stories about how pivots are the key to success. Paypal, Starbucks, and Twitter all found fortune through a pivot. And youâll also hear business school and consulting jargon thrown at the topic. Phrases spring to mind like strategic agility and business model re-alignment. […]
Germans declare it Industrie 4.0. The Yanks tag it as The Connected Enterprise. And the Brit’s give it the 4th Industrial Revolution moniker. Any way you slice it, itâs the future. The product development community, especially those in large organizations, donât seem as caught up in a name. Iâve seen Innovation 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 […]
Innovation can drive business growth. Itâs a key to every organizationâs well-being. But many companies carry out innovation haphazardly. Theyâre more likely to count on serendipity, not strategic thinking, to drive gains from innovation. Unfortunately, management teams have little clarity on why, how, or when to advance product offerings. No wonder Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen […]
Iâm often asked, âWhatâs the difference between Multi-generational Product Planning and Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping?â The answer needs a short discussion. And exploring the differences and similarities is insightful. Multi-Generational Product Planning[i] (MGPP) and Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping[ii] (PLSR) are different. But MGPP and PLSR are also closely related. To understand, letâs first […]
Management teams know how technologies and markets are changing. Yet many still foundered. Could it happen to your company? I argue it could, no matter how strong the competitive advantage your company has built. Just think about Sonyâs decades-long losing struggle against Samsung or GEâs faltering power turbine business. Learn how and why good Product […]
This whitepaper shares an in-depth exploration of product line strategy and roadmapping. It lays out the value of product line strategies, their roadmaps, and special techniques for driving success. Topics covered include: Gaining Leverage and Strategic Advantage Building Responsive Roadmap Management Developing Platform-levers: Types, Competencies, Insights Aligning Strategies to Boost Impact Smarter Attribute Positioning Please […]
If youâre interested in NPD and R&D portfolio management, here is an important insight:Â Most Portfolio Management presentations discuss only development projects.Â They doÂ notÂ show, analyze, or rationalize front-end work. Anyone new to product development might assume Portfolio Management should only be about products under development. But if thatâs all, then portfolio management misses its greatest opportunity for […]
I have a simple message for everyone involved in product development. This message is especially important for PMOs. These are the managerâs responsible for analyzing project portfolios. They calculate resources and priorities to determine who should work on which projects. âPortfolio Balanceâ is misguided. The problem is no one knows what the âbalanceâ should be. […]
Adept works with you to improve your product lines.Â We offer world-classÂ expertise and deep experience. Our key focus areas include strategizing, innovation management, agile project management, portfolio management, and roadmap management.
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