Testing Assumptions

Testing Assumptions

Assumptions May Be Your Product Line’s Enemy A curious thing is happening as we learn ways to work through and deal with the COVID disruption. It seems everyone is questioning and testing assumptions. And by that, I don’t mean only about how we work online from anywhere. I mean people are questioning foundational assumptions about […]

Responsive Roadmapping

Responsive Roadmapping for Product Lines – Online Master Class

Why product lines need to use Responsive Roadmapping to drive superior performance How to create and manage Responsive Product Line Roadmaps Key practices and processes to embed in your organization. https://adept-plm.com/product-strategy-workshops/ This live online master class takes participants far beyond traditional single product and project management oriented roadmapping. Using templates and examples, participants learn how […]

Product Line Master Class

Essence of Great Product Line Strategy – Online Master Class

Why product line strategies are much more powerful than single product strategies Why and how multi-product and multi-generational planning must combine Key factors to drive superior product line performance. Registration and Fee This live online master class takes participants far beyond traditional product management thinking. The class teaches what it takes to boost entire lines. […]

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 […]

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 Issues

Decision-Flow Issues ― Ten of Many

How the Decision-Flow Impacts Product Development and Product Line Performance This list relates the blog Decision Flows and Product Line Strategies. It lays out ten issues that arise from a poor or disjointed decision flow.  Please read and comment on each. Or please add to the list. Projects are swirling in development because too much risk […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]