The fastest way to destroy an Agile implementation is to let functional silos get in the way. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. And it happens because many companies underestimate the organizational implications of a successful Agile implementation. Most technology companies are still organized into discrete, functional chimneys: Marketing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, etc. In such organizations, functional allegiance tends to … [Read more...] about Don’t Let Functional Silos Kill Your Agile Implementation
Before projects become products, they are ideas in the minds of your teams. They begin their life as product concepts, germs of your company’s future growth. How can companies manage the portfolio of product ideas, those as-yet unformed concepts that will eventually enter the pipeline and pass through a gated product development process? In our experience, too many companies do not adequately manage this portfolio of product concepts. They are … [Read more...] about A Strategic Planning Process for Innovation: A Long Term Horizon for Product Planning
In a previous post, we advocated two systems for managing your company’s early stage product innovation activities. The first is a yearly planning process that ties the company’s vision to a strategy and provides a set of roadmaps that drive the annual budgeting process. This strategic planning process takes into account not only product concepts, but also projects under development, and those in the current marketplace. Such a yearly, 30,000 … [Read more...] about A Front-End Management Process For Innovation: Removing The Fuzz from the Front-End
In too many companies, the front end of development remains as fuzzy as it was decades ago. The same companies that will micro-manage IT, or spend time simplifying a portion of their manufacturing operations, show little interest in improving the early stage innovation activities that drive future top line growth. Within product development, companies spend time endlessly revising budgets, while ignoring the strategic management of the ideas that … [Read more...] about Innovation: Are Two Systems Better Than One?
If you’re not using PERT for estimation then you’re missing an opportunity to create the best possible schedule. Linda’s team had a problem. They faced a mandate to deliver a new product before an inflexible tradeshow deadline. The order to meet this deadline had come from high levels within the company and there was only a slim chance of changing anyone’s mind. How can Linda, as team leader, provide upper management with a fact-based plan to … [Read more...] about Meeting the Challenge of Top-Down Schedule Mandates
The rate of technology and market change today is staggering. For example, who could have imagined Google and Apple displacing auto companies? Yet, too many companies lack a Portfolio Management process that enables them to respond effectively to such shifts in markets and in the labs. Even many companies that have an adequate portfolio process lack the ability to make the decisions that allow them to alter course quickly. This results in … [Read more...] about Program Managers: Linchpin of Product Development Agility