Fighting Evil Complexity Costs

Smart Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps by Paul O’Connor, NPDP Accounting can be as thrilling as getting teeth pulled. Cost accounting, however, is a skill product developers must get their arms around. This is the black art of calculating how much products cost to develop, make and sell.  I call it a black art not because of the easily understood direct, variable cost of a product. Rather it is a black art because a wizard must allocate mysterious organizational overhead to a product line Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Powerful Product Lines Strategies Assessing the Full Risk of New Product Development Projects

WHITEPAPER: Powerful Product Lines Strategies

A Framework for Deconstructing and Improving Product Lines Strategies by Paul O’Connor   Business strategy is interesting. To many managers, business strategy seems monolithic. In reality, it wraps around many functional strategies. Supply chain management has a strategy. Sales has a strategy. Manufacturing has a strategy. Plus, companies can stress strategies for areas like brand management, engineering, information technology, and human resources. Each functional strategy has its own Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Strategizing, Roadmapping and Executing the Product Line Creating Powerful Product Line Strategies & Roadmaps

Overcoming Portfolio Inertia and Portfolio Entropy Whitepaper

The forces of portfolio inertia and portfolio entropy have significant influence misdirecting new product development efforts.  By recognizing these forces, managers gain understanding of cause and effect of circumstances, and more importantly, gain clarity to recourse and actions.  Access this whitepaper to learn how to tackle the challenges. Learn more and download paper Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Overcoming Portfolio Inertia and Portfolio Entropy Strategizing, Roadmapping and Executing the Product Line

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Integrating New Product Development Processes

As companies experience maturity in some areas of their new product development (NPD) processes, for example Stage-Gate® or portfolio management, they often begin to recognize gaps in other areas of process maturity. If the implementation of your full architecture of NPD processes is not well planned and committed to holistically, managers will likely face challenges across the business and at various points of the NPD lifecycle. Luckily, with a well-advised approach, the implementation can have Read more […] Related posts: Best Practices and Mistakes to Avoid when Building Capability in Your NPD Architecture Celebrating the Gaps in Your New Product Development Processes

Strategizing, Roadmapping and Executing the Product Line

This whitepaper provides an in-depth exploration of product line strategy and roadmapping. The reader will understand the value of product line strategies, their relationship to product line roadmaps, and techniques for successful planning, execution and communication. Learn more and download paper Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Strategizing, Roadmapping and Executing the Product Line Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping