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 […]

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, […]

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 […]