Roadblocks, Roadmaps and Moving Beyond Metaphors to True Innovation Success

Many companies truly aspire to be innovative. They talk about driving innovation, or delivering on the promise of innovation, or speeding innovation. Yet, trying to be innovative – regardless of how compelling the case and the rhetoric – without an execution plan tied to strategy, is a huge roadblock to success. Although a product line roadmap paves the way (had enough of the highway metaphors yet?!), most companies have struggled to implement a truly comprehensive roadmapping practice. However, Read more […] Related posts: The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping On-Demand Webinar: Why Is It So Hard to Get Traction with Product Line Roadmapping?

On-Demand Webinar: Why Is It So Hard to Get Traction with Product Line Roadmapping?

Most people agree that Product Line Roadmapping can be a powerful tool for product development teams to make sure their decisions line up with their company’s long-term growth strategy, but many find these initiatives have lacked staying power.  The Adept Group is teaming up with Management Roundtable to tap into the top experts in this field and provide a forum to connect you with information on how to get more lasting benefit out of this critical business process and how to best implement the Read more […] Related posts: On-Demand Webinar: Product Line Roadmapping — Creating an Integrated, Scalable Approach On Demand, Anytime Webinar: The Profound Impact of Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping

Global Product Management Talk: The Value of Product Line Roadmapping

Access the on-demand recording of this recent BlogTalkRadio show. Paul O’Connor, founder and managing director of The Adept Group, was interviewed by host Cindy F. Solomon, founder of the Startup Product Academy. They dialogued on the topic of product line roadmapping, taking questions from the audience via Twitter (access twitter transcript). Listen here Tip: After the brief commercial at the start, skip to minute 07:20 to get to the beginning of the conversation on Product Line Roadmapping. Read more […] Related posts: On-Demand Webinar: Why Is It So Hard to Get Traction with Product Line Roadmapping? Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping

Help! My NPD Process is Stuck in the 80’s

Your NPD process is stuck in the 80s when… Your organization still calls it ‘stage-gate’. Your portfolio of projects consists of an Excel™ spreadsheet. Projects get into the process and never get killed. Concepts are generated from random brainstorming or are management pet projects. Your product line roadmap is a PowerPoint™ that someone from marketing created. So, why are you stuck? The gated process is considered by many practitioners to be mature in its lifecycle. Read more […] Related posts: Front-to-Back New Product Development Process Design, Deployment and Alignment NPD Process Implementation: Sub-processes and Full Architecture

Portfolio Management Makes Way for Product Line Roadmapping

Product line roadmapping has portfolio management to thank for its emergence as a needed new product development (NPD) process. While the maturing of the stages and gates process revealed the need for portfolio management, the maturing of portfolio management has demonstrated that continuously enlarged economic gains from portfolio management are quite difficult to achieve. Often, once organizations realize initial notable gains from good mix management and project throughput management, getting Read more […] Related posts: The Profound Impact of Product Line Roadmapping Maturing NPD Practices Beget New Processes

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