Roadmapping the Roadmap

Where is Roadmapping Taking Us? Roadmapping has been on quite a journey. Many managers use the term to describe planning and tracking projects. But they use different schemes to create roadmaps. And the results vary widely. There’s much to learn from roadmapping’s evolution. This is especially true for innovation management and product development in big […]

Chain-link Strategy

Innovation and Chain-link Strategies

Big companies have a special challenge when innovating. It’s that each function in the company affects the outcomes. It’s not just product development or marketing that decide the results. Other functions also matter. Yet the pressure to succeed falls to project and product management. Functions as Links in a Chain There is nothing new in the […]

Innovation Culture

Successful Yet Misdirected Innovation

The Quagmire of a Positive Innovation Culture Innovation is interesting. You must create something and win in a market to declare your work a true innovation. You seldom hear managers call an innovation bad. By definition, an innovation is successful. Someone paid money for it. And it fulfills a need. This is all good. Except […]

Product Strategy

Rethinking Product Strategy

It’s surprising to see how product strategy can trip us up. It seems like every part of the topic should help us, not lead us astray. Product Strategy Problems The problem is that many managers see product strategy as the roadmap of changes to a single product. Or they view it as the roadmap for […]

Product Line Facts

Facts about Product Line Strategy and Roadmaps

Interested in Product Line Strategy and Roadmaps? Can you name a successful company without a powerful product line? What about a company that failed because a product line died? It’s easy to see the impact product lines have on business health. The problem is that good product line strategy gets lost in the culture of […]

Innovate Product Lines

Go Beyond Single Product Innovation Look over a few articles on innovation. Are they about innovating one product at a time or whole product lines? This is important because a product line has far more impact in business than does a single product. It’s time to think much bigger. It’s time to push full product […]

Portfolio Balance Failure

I have a simple message for managers who oversee product development portfolios. Portfolio Balance is Misguided. The problem is no one knows what the balance must be. Instead, we make it up. That’s right, the gurus and experts make up numbers to impress you. Portfolio balance is BS. It would seem portfolio balance should guide […]

The Uptake of Theory of Constraints versus Agile

A practice is meaningless without use. In a recent LinkedIn discussion, I was asked to support my comments and expound on why Theory of Constraints (TOC) didn’t catch on like Agile did. TOC[i] found use in the project management world, but isn’t fully accepted. Many call its use Critical Chain project management.  Agile[ii] is different. […]

Lexicon of Product Line Strategy

The Lexicon of Product Line Strategy

New Words and Business Knowledge Decades ago, most MBA curriculum followed the Harvard Business School approach. Each had a capstone course called Policy, taught in the classic Socratic method. Good professors fed students cases and then used leading questions to set up deep discussions. For many students like me, the discussions taught more than we’d […]

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 […]