Entries by Paul O'Connor

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 […]

We’re Not Bouncing Back

Mid-size and Large Companies Must Quickly Pivot Product Lines and Build Responsive Roadmaps. V, U, and L are shapes that represent paths the US economy may take in our recovery from the current Covid pandemic. There’s no question about the direction of the left side of each letter. It’s been straight down and we’re waiting […]

Products and Innovation in the Covid World

Large companies have unique challenges. See why doubling down might be a bad idea. Like most people, I’ve swirled in many thoughts about our Covid-19 experience. My first instinct was to call on my strengths to address the challenges I see. And my approach was to re-visit models and techniques I’ve used with many clients. […]

A Kodak Moment for Xerox and HP

In the early part of the negotiations (with HP), Xerox CEO John Visentin expressed concerns that his company was out of organic growth opportunities and must either expand through an acquisition or be acquired itself. Icahn Proposed Buying HP If It Didn’t Pursue Xerox Merger Bloomberg News, February 27, 2020 By Ed Hammond and Scott […]

Decision-Flow Issues ― Ten of Many

How the Decision-Flow Impacts Product Development and Product Line Performance This list relates the blog Decision Flows and Product Line Strategies. It lays out ten issues that arise from a poor or disjointed decision flow.  Please read and comment on each. Or please add to the list. Projects are swirling in development because too much risk […]

Decision-Flow and Product Line Strategy

A disjointed decision-flow can cause many headaches. Years ago, I stumbled on a powerful insight into product development. It came to me while working with a large enterprise software company. The job was to help set up their new software to support product development and portfolio management. Today we call this workflow automation. The insight […]