Innovating and expanding into new product categories is the direct route to growth. New product development strategy defines the direction of a company’s innovation, allowing teams to discover new categories that delight customers. Product portfolio management tools synchronize new products with corporate strategy and ensure a balanced mix of offerings in the marketplace. A viable product portfolio strategy also uses technology and product roadmaps to tie the company’s vision to specifics, guiding new product development strategy, from upper management down to the level of the individual contributor. With a suite of tools and best practices drawn from broad experience across a range of products, our product portfolio consulting targets competitive advantage and reliable growth.
To address the need to get useful information in a condensed, straightforward manner, we've designed the book into "bite-sized" chapters. You don't need to read the entire book to realize its value. It's organized so the reader can quickly identify the tools they need to solve their biggest problems first. Using a novel graphical format, Innovate Products Faster provides a fresh perspective on how managers can deliver more innovative programs. In this world where we are overwhelmed by a high volume of information, have very limited time, and hold expectations of getting answers instantly, we are adverse to wading through hundreds of pages of text to mine out the few nuggets of needed information.
This book concisely portrays the forty best practices that can be applied to predicting and then managing a project to successful conclusion. It is written and organized as a reference guide for readers to quickly identify specific areas of interest and includes completed examples of each practice as a head start. We have tried and tested each of these tools with managers from small startups to Fortune 500 companies (over 50 clients) and have applied our line management experience in the capacity of CTO, VP of Development, and Program Management (working for iconic brands such as Apple and Bose).
Each best practice uses elegant graphics to illustrate the application of simple tools such as iPad Apps and Microsoft Excel. These downloadable apps are easy-to-customize, pre-filled templates, which are available with the purchase of the book. The existing competition in project management or product development (typically long, obsolete, and mainly text) lacks many of these key differentiators.
Easy-to-navigate, short, and focused chapters
Rich graphical tools for solving problems
Downloadable software templates/apps
Modern methodologies (Web 2.0, offshoring, Agile, etc.)