Product Innovation

Missing Your NPD Targets?

If a manufacturing company committed to deliver 100 items per day to a customer from a line capable of producing only 50 items per day, it would not stay in business for long. Capacity planning is standard for manufacturing, but many companies don’t diligently capacity plan their new product development (NPD) pipeline, and some expect managers to just “figure it out”. Later, they wonder why their projects are consistently late or miss target market windows.

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Want to Create Products Customers Love? Integrate User Experience

Chad McAllister interviews Larry Marine about about the critical steps for applying UX to product development. Larry is a User Experience expert that has helped many companies improve their products as well as design new products. He came to the field of UX through Don Norman’s Cognitive Science program at UC San Diego. Norman is frequently referred to as the father of UX and Larry learned directly from him.

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Lifting the Lid on UDI’s Pandora’s Box

While working to comply with the rule, manufacturers have realized that the problem to be solved is multi-faceted and interconnected. It’s like the ancient Greek myth of Pandora opening the box releasing the not-so-pleasant things into the world. Although kinder to the industry than originally anticipated, the FDA’s UDI ruling is more complicated than just a labeling change, making implementation a challenge.

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How Design Thinking Uses Story and Prototyping

An early ah-ha moment that sparked my interest in user-centered design was watching an ABC NightLine episode. They showed how IDEO re-designed a shopping cart in one week. The video from the 90’s is still valuable and easily found on YouTube (search for IDEO Shopping Cart). IDEO’s process was depicted as using an eclectic team of...

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