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 it’s 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 your business? A product delivers a single […]

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. […]

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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 […]

Agile Isn’t A Strategy

But Smart Strategy Drives Speed and Agility. “Agile execution beats strategy.” It sounds good, but is it true? It is if you believe strategies are fixed and unresponsive to change. But it’s not true if you create the right strategy made responsive to new situations. The biggest problem with strategies is that they don’t stand […]

Innovation Charters In Motion

Uniting Agile, Strategy, and Jobs-to-be-Done There’s a tug-a-war going on across three interrelated topics. Each drives superb product development. Yet the three topics act independently. The Approaches The Agile approach is found in every corner of product development. Its first mission was to uncover a new way to develop software successfully. But following its success, […]

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Agile and Strategy

The Need for Responsive Roadmapping Agile implementations have a big problem. When they bump up against an organization’s culture, progress can stop. It turns out, behaviors and practices can be a brick wall. To me, it’s humorous to hear experts say Agile’s full benefits accrue only from “transformative implementations.” They declare an organization, from top […]

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 […]