Product Line Velocity

Product Line Velocity: Measuring The Flow

Product Line Velocity is speed in a direction toward a line’s objectives. Speed, by itself, does not have a direction. In single product thinking, speed is the time it takes to carry out a task. The time to develop a product is a measure of speed. Velocity in product line systems thinking is the change […]

Responsive Roadmapping Paul O'Connore

Responsive Roadmapping

Change and Product Line Pivots: Responding to the Covid disruptions. Large businesses face a demanding challenge. They must work efficiently and carry out change effectively. And they must do both at the same time. The big problem for management teams is that the practices they’ve installed in their companies will do one but not the […]

Covid and Responsive Roadmapping

Get A Grip! Why You Need Responsive Roadmapping

Figuring out product line responses to the Covid economy is like wrestling a jellyfish. As soon as you think you have the gelatin mass in a hold, it suddenly pops loose. You try again, and you get stung. Our Product Line Problem We have a big problem that goes to the root of how we […]

Covid Product Line Strategy Move

The Covid Economy Demands a Unique Product Line Strategy Move

“We’re so afraid of financial disaster that we’re afraid to spend money to avoid financial disaster.” Most of us are just getting our arms around how bad our economic future looks. First quarter earnings are being reported, and the news is poor, even with two of the three months reflecting the pre-Covid world. Bankruptcies have […]

Covid Economy

We’re Not Bouncing Back

Mid-size and Large Companies Must Quickly Pivot Product Lines and Build Responsive Roadmaps. V, U, and L are shapes that represent paths the US economy may take in our recovery from the current Covid pandemic. There’s no question about the direction of the left side of each letter. It’s been straight down and we’re waiting […]

Responsiveness

Products and Innovation in the Covid World

Large companies have unique challenges. See why doubling down might be a bad idea. Like most people, I’ve swirled in many thoughts about our Covid-19 experience. My first instinct was to call on my strengths to address the challenges I see. And my approach was to re-visit models and techniques I’ve used with many clients. […]

Organic Growth

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

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 […]