Entries by Paul O'Connor

Your Product Line Mess Looms Large

Can you fix it by next summer? The COVID economy hasn’t messed up all product lines. But I’m stunned by how many well-known companies have serious problems. And most customers and shareholders have yet to see the messes. But discussions inside the companies are getting rough. Count your blessings if your product line continues performing […]

A New Growth Cycle? You Bet!

But it’s not just ‘more of before.’ This growth cycle won’t be a pick up from where we were before our COVID experience. We’re all dealing with major changes and disruptions. Nonetheless, growth is imminent. Get ready! Consumer demand is pent up, and the money supply is pumped up. And that’s for every major country […]

Testing Assumptions

Assumptions May Be Your Product Line’s Enemy A curious thing is happening as we learn ways to work through and deal with the COVID disruption. It seems everyone is questioning and testing assumptions. And by that, I don’t mean only about how we work online from anywhere. I mean people are questioning foundational assumptions about […]

Rethinking The Product Line

How to Improve Your Product Line’s Performance A product line is a collection of related products. But let’s be clear. There’s only one reason to create and organize a set of products into a product line. It’s to boost their performance. Managing products as a line should deliver better results than when you manage the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Product Line Strategy-Essence and Innovation 4.0

This blog supports the blog: Innovation 4.0 and Product Line Pivots The core of a product line strategy has three critical parts. When coupled and as a whole, these parts are called the Strategy-Essence. Attribute-Positioning Platform-Leverage Chain-Link (Organizational) Alignment and Synergy Each part adds to a product line strategy’s effectiveness. But great strategies also gain […]