Multi-Product Mindset

Single Versus Multi-Product Thinking

Single-Product and Multi-Product Thinking Learn the Difference The way we think about products, their development and management, sets the approaches for how our company operates. It forms the rules and assumptions we follow. The problem is that sticking to old-school Single-Product thinking can hamper the performance we gain from products and product lines, regardless of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Product Line Strategy-Essence and Innovation 4.0

This blog supports the blog: Innovation 4.0 and Product Line Pivots The core of a product line strategy has three critical parts. When coupled and as a whole, these parts are called the Strategy-Essence. Attribute-Positioning Platform-Leverage Chain-Link (Organizational) Alignment and Synergy Each part adds to a product line strategy’s effectiveness. But great strategies also gain […]

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 […]

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 […]