In product development, a DECISION FLOW has enormous affect on performance. Purposely improving your decision flow can boost product development. Sadly, many middle managers feel the decision flow is owned by the leadership team. They say fixing it is top management’s job, not middle management’s.

Decision Flow

In the past, whole industries have been defined using Noun-Based segmentation. When you buy a market research study, it’ll break down an industry by Noun-Based segments. But driving greater value from innovation and product development demands we complement the noun approach with verbs.

Agile, Jobs-to-be-Done, and Product Line Strategy are in a significant struggle. Each tool drives superb product development results, but old-school gurus didn’t design them to work with one another. Instead, they push in different directions. The key to solving the challenge and reaping extraordinary gains is to employ a powerful toolset called Innovation Charters.

Don’t limit your potential by applying Single-Product Strategy thinking to Product Lines. The big deal is that product lines have two unique advantages over a single-product. They gain from leverage, and they gain from cross-market synergy. Strategies must…

A positive innovation culture without strategic footing can cause much damage. Even when resulting innovations appear successful, the randomness of results will negate opportunities for synergy across products. Competitors who

Agile Buy-in

Agilists blame backlashes against the methodology on top management’s unwillingness or inability to change. It’s leadership’s fault, not Agile’s. They didn’t embrace Lean-Agile Leadership. Really?

When I began my career in product development, I didn’t understand how easy it is to screw up a product line. I had the opposite view. I thought managers of established product lines had an easy job. They didn’t have to worry about developing and launching new stuff. They needed only to manage pricing, promotion, and […]

There’s a major difference between product and product line thinking. And not knowing how to manage each differently is costing companies a lot of money. Do you know the difference between a product and a product line? I’m sure you do, but do you recognize that how you address the difference can make or break […]

Jobs-to-be-Done Pioneers

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” — Wyatt Earp The market for getting the JTBD job done is like the Wild West. There are gunslingers and sheriffs, pioneers and hustlers. This isn’t about good guys and bad guys. Everyone want’s what’s best for JTBD and for themselves. But I use the Wild West metaphor […]

Fast Product Development

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 […]