product development

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    Product Innovation of a Trolley: A 3-step Journey

    September 27, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Consider the world’s most ingeniously designed products. Whether it’s your smartphone, your favorite racing bike or a nifty robotic lawn mower – they all have a one thing in common: rather than being conceived overnight, they were shaped by a series of consecutive, systematic innovations. But how does such a structured product innovation approach look? This CREAX project illustrates the ins and outs.

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    A Roadmap for Building Corporate Innovation Capabilities

    September 22, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors, Strategies

    What should a roadmap that helps you develop corporate innovation capabilities look like? How do you bring new thoughts and approaches together with current and past initiatives (both successes and failures) and turn this into a single framework? How do you keep pushing and developing your organization to become more flexible and agile without losing out on the current overall efforts and expected results?

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    Integrating Agile with Stage-Gate® – How New Agile-Scrum Methods Lead to Faster and Better Innovation

    August 9, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Recent experiences show that Agile project-management methods can be used in the innovation process and has a great potential to reduce development time and increase the success rate of new products. The article briefly outlines how an Agile method, such as Scrum, can be used within a structured innovation process with milestones and decision points, such as Stage-Gate®, and what benefits it provides to both manufacturers and service-providers.

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    Medicine can Teach Business and Government a Powerful Innovation Lesson

    August 1, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    Many companies develop their new products in secret and behind their own closed doors. They then launch their radical new approach with a fanfare of marketing expenditure. They are often disappointed. Paul Sloane looks at how organizations can harness the power of randomized control trials to drive successful innovation.

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    Imperfections Aren’t Always Important

    July 27, 2016 | By: | In: Videos

    During a special appearance at Stanford University, Elon Musk discusses the double-edged sword of paying close attention to tiny details. The iconic entrepreneur behind SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Paypal was on stage with DFJ General Partner Steve Jurvetson to kick off STVP Future Fest, a daylong series of events exploring how technology and scientific breakthroughs will shape society.

  • involving-the-crowd-in-product-development

    Involving the Crowd in Product Development

    July 18, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Even before the term was coined in Wired Magazine in 2006, crowdsourcing was utilized as a way to accomplish goals. The strategy had been used for several hundred years before it was officially given a name, but since being named, crowdsourcing has grown into a huge field, spawning subdivisions of the strategy and being used for a multitude of purposes. Wikipedia is one of the most recognizable and mainstream instances of crowdsourcing, designed to elicit and compile knowledge from the masses. Crowdsourcing has been used in real time to track public transportation and traffic updates with various apps.

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    What Problem are You Solving?

    May 25, 2016 | By: | In: Videos

    Play Bigger Advisors Co-Founder Dave Peterson emphasizes that entrepreneurs must be able to articulate the problem they seek to solve if others are to understand their vision. Successful marketing also persuades people to care about a problem they weren’t aware of before, and your solution for it. “Understanding the problem is the first step,” Peterson says.

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    Innovation Tautogram — A Simple and Powerful Innovation Tool

    April 28, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    The human vocabulary with millions of words is adequate to explain all of our expectations and experiences, even those which are imagined. Why not harness the power of language to discover new products and services? Author Shanta R Yapa shares the Innovation Tautogram technique, which can be used as an individual or a group exercise.

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    Navigating the Make versus Buy Decision: A Crowd Sourced Check List

    February 16, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Product managers facing the make versus buy decision for their organization have a lot to consider. Biases abound. In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins shares what was on the minds of senior product management leaders on this topic when they convened, recently. Their top 10 factors follow below.

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    Opportunities for Product Management to Embrace Collaborative Innovation

    February 2, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    What is top of mind in the world of product management? What does the product manager seek? How might the practice of collaborative innovation help the product manager achieve their goals? The innovation architect Doug Collins shares his perspective on these questions based on his recent participation in a product management summit.

  • consumer-research-and-customer-delight

    Customer Research and Consumer Delight

    January 27, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    Unmet consumer needs are considered the holy grail of product and service innovation: a mystical, sacred entity with unlimited value and powers for those that know how to tap into it. It would seem that with present day digitalization and social media, it is easier to connect to users everywhere through online surveys, platforms, and data mining technology. Moving from a mass-producing economy to one based on individually tailored products suggests that the gap between consumer needs and producer response are closely aligned. Yet the mystique surrounding unmet user needs remains.

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Waves (part 3 of 3)

    January 20, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help innovation leaders understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks, and Waves. This article is on Waves, the third and last in a series of three.

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    Getting From Ideas to Products

    December 21, 2015 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    In a time when innovation and new product development are vital to remain competitive, large organizations are looking for ways to generate and execute new product ideas while mitigating risk. Increasingly, these companies seek to create a startup culture as a means to generate innovation.

  • product-of-the-future

    The Product of The Future

    August 21, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    What will the product of the future be like – and how will it be different than today’s products? Generally, all products will become part virtual, part physical. They will be connected, reconfigurable and – hopefully – smart. Also, the business model for their manufacturers will be dramatically different.

  • dont-be-afraid-of-upsetting-people

    Don’t Be Afraid of Upsetting People – A Negative Reaction is Better than no Reaction

    August 11, 2015 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    South Park is a highly successful cartoon sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central TV network. The show was launched in 1997 and quickly became notorious for its rude language, minimalist characters and black, surreal satire. It was aimed at an adult audience and poked fun at a wide range of topical or taboo subjects. South Park has received many accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards. It is the third longest-running cartoon series in the U.S. behind The Simpsons and Arthur. Yet it was very nearly cancelled when initial tests showed that most people did not like it.

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