Decision-Flow

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 […]

Single-Product Mindset

Trapped in The Single-Product Mindset

Many companies have created a difficult problem for themselves. As they grew, they mastered a host of practices to innovate and launch new products. They advanced their staged-development and concept screening practices. And they developed speedy Agile and waterfall methods. Plus, they embraced a long list of creative techniques. All of this is great. At […]

Innovation 4.0

Innovation 4.0 and Smart Product Line Pivots

Germans declare it Industrie 4.0. The Yanks tag it as The Connected Enterprise. And the Brits give it the 4th Industrial Revolution moniker. Any way you slice it, it’s the future. The product development community, especially those in large organizations, don’t seem as caught up in a name. I’ve seen Innovation 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 […]

Multi-generational Product Plan

Multi-Generational Product Plan (MGPP) Vs. Product Line Strategy and Roadmap

What’s the difference between a Multi-generational Product Plan and Product Line Strategies and Roadmaps? The answer deserves a short discussion. Stick with me as I explain. The topic offers much insight into great development practices. Multi-Generational Product Planning (MGPP) and Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping (PLSR) are different. But they’re also closely related. To understand, […]

How to Screw Up a Product Line (and a Business)

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 […]

Products and Product Lines: The Difference Matters

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 […]

NPD Portfolio Management and the Tilting Effect

Here’s a simple yet crucial insight about NPD Portfolio Management. And it points to a big problem every company must address. Portfolio Management that oversees only projects in development reinforces a common misstep. For many companies, portfolio management begins and ends with projects underway within their development practices. What happens before and after isn’t important. […]

Noun-Verb-Based-Segments

Noun-Based versus Verb-Based Market Segments

Next Level Jobs-to-be-Done Thinking I bet you’ve never heard there’s a difference between Noun-Based and Verb-Based market segments. The notion of Verb-Based market segments sounds more like slick branding, not a valuable tool. But I hope to prove that wrong. In the past, whole industries have been formed using Noun-Based segmentation. When you buy a […]

Jobs-to-be-Done Pioneers

Jobs-to-be-Done – What Pioneers Get Wrong

“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

The Red Queen’s Race

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 […]