The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping

It is time to claim Product Line Roadmapping’s role as a critical link in your organization’s business strategy. Almost every product manager, technology manager, marketing manager, supply chain manager, operations manager and strategic planner knows about roadmapping. Few, however, have had the organizational support to conduct it superbly and specific to a product line. This is concerning. It is my observation that, at a minimum, conducting and carrying out  intelligent product line strategizing Read more […] Related posts: WEBINAR: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping On Demand, Anytime Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

I Had a Portfolio Management Epiphany

The Smart Perspective to Reap Meaningful Gains from NPD Portfolio Management Years ago, a thought struck me about how I was wrong regarding a very critical aspect of new product development (NPD) portfolio management. I had always been a strong proponent of managing the portfolio so as to attain a proper balance or mix of projects and to align the portfolio with strategy. This seemed so fundamental that, to me, this simple concept of “portfolio balance” was beyond reason to question. I was Read more […] Related posts: Product Portfolio Management – Picking Flowers in the Dark Irrational Thinking and Clueless Portfolio Management

The Six Foremost Pitfalls of Product Development Portfolio Management

Managers need to be aware of several serious pitfalls of product development portfolio management. Moreover, organizations need to take steps to overcome these pitfalls in order to gain the true benefits of product development portfolio management. The difficulties of portfolio management are more encompassing than most managers think and in need of a much broader solution approach than most nirvana-preaching specialists suggest. The Six Foremost Pitfalls Consider for a moment that it has Read more […] Related posts: I Had a Portfolio Management Epiphany Why Good Portfolio Management Depends on a Robust Front-end

Roadmapping Your Product Lines

A Profound Value Proposition Paul O’Connor, NPDP Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping is the most powerful of all NPD processes. It drives innovation, it amplifies development portfolios and it leverages  alignment with other non-product development business strategies.  Product line teams are working hard to learn, build capabilities and truly exploit this knowledge process that is absolutely critical to every organization.  Simply stated, the value proposition of Product Line Strategizing Read more […] Related posts: WHITEPAPER: Intro to Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping as a Process RoadMapping RampUp™

WEBINAR: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

February 16, 2016  (Tuesday)  @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET, USA) “Profound impact” may sound like hype, but the insights that will be shared in this webinar are very important. Smart product line strategies and the roadmaps that explain their execution are the fuel to winning in the market and to impressive increases in product development productivity. Every organization does something with respect to product strategies. Yet those that grasp the full extent and potential of product Read more […] Related posts: On Demand, Anytime Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

Assessing the Full Risk of New Product Development Projects

Algorithms and Probabilities Let’s face it.  Failure is not fun.   Just ask any veteran NPD professional. You may hear the professional rationalize the failures by what a team learned, or what how the project leader gained valuable experience.  Or perhaps the veteran might mention how the failure enabled the organization to create a new “technology option.”  But the bottom line at most organizations is that managers must do everything possible to avoid NPD failures.  Lessons learned, Read more […] Related posts: NPD-RiskAssessor™ Statistical Model Avoiding Product Development Risk is Very Risky!

Irrational Thinking and Clueless Portfolio Management

PPM Decision Making… Our Challenge! Perhaps you’ve seen it before.  You are sitting in a portfolio review meeting, everybody is serious and then the charts start appearing.  At first there is not a sound. Everyone is studying what the bubbles indicate.  Then, as each person catches on, eyes start shifting back and forth at each other.            vs.         Perfectly Rational Decisions Normal Human Choices A few murmurs are heard as the thought waves get sent out. Read more […] Related posts: Spiral-Up Implementation of NPD Portfolio and Pipeline Management Capability Maturity Model for Portfolio and Pipeline Management

New Product Development Product Line Roadmapping

Focusing and Amplifying Innovation Product Line Roadmapping (PLR) is a powerful process. Smart managers use this process to coordinate and accelerate work that pulls together and creates critical insights related to a line of products. This might sound simple and straight-forward, but in practice, it is a dynamic and heady process. Activities within PLR help to focus knowledge gathering, business analysis, and strategic thinking on one thing: advancing a product line. In a full architecture of new Read more […] Related posts: The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping

Maturing NPD Practices Beget New Processes

Journey from Stages and Gates to Portfolio Management to Product Line Roadmapping. As the field of new product development (NPD) progresses and matures, new processes and practices are introduced. Some grow, mature and level off – or even decline – but their impact leads to the recognition of the next need or gap, and a new process or practice is implemented that takes NPD organizations to the next level of success before leveling off to reveal the next need or opportunity. This can be demonstrated Read more […] Related posts: Maturing NPD Practices Beget New Processes Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping

Improving Product Development Productivity

Does your organization have clear objectives for its NPD improvement efforts? If we went back a few years, this wouldn’t be much of a question. Almost everyone would reply with the same answer: “We want to improve speed-to-market.” But speed, by itself, is not sufficient.  Top management and shareholders also want greater gains in the market (read: strategic impact) and notably better use of resources (read: efficiency). Speed can beat competition and yield better financial returns (strategic Read more […] Related posts: Winning the Red Queen’s Race of Product Development Organizational Briefings on New Product Development