Product Innovation

Your Implementation is Complete. Now, Where is the ROI?

Envision this situation: You and your team have successfully made it through go-live of your product portfolio management (PPM) software solution and you now have a system that is operational and being used to drive more effective decision making in the business. Things are going well until an executive asks you if the program is generating the benefits committed to in the business case. You stare at the executive blankly and stumble through the words, “I think so.” What do you do now?

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Design Engineering or Engineering Design?

There has always been confusions among people between industrial/engineering design and design engineering. And the same confusion applies to art school and design school which the lines are often blurred. Standford D-school was originally a engineering school, Brunel is an engineering school, Rhode Island is an art school, Arts Center is a design school, RCA is an art school but certain grad programs are more like design engineering school. The lines are fast blurring. Many students are confused. That's where definitions help!

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7 Tips for Managing Launch Complexity

Product launches are complex. That was the main takeaway of the PDMA 2010 Lab E – Launch for Commercial Success which I had the privilege of attending last week. The session kicked off with an apt and literal example: a NASA launch. When NASA launched the Saturn V, its engineers were depending on the successful integration of two million distinct ...

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Sun Chips Makes Some Noise

Ooh. Lots of angst in the past few days about Frito-Lay’s announcement that it’s killing (OK, significantly cutting back) its Sun Chips 100% compostable packaging because consumers complained about the noise. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The racket clocked in at around 95 decibels, louder than a lawnmower, a coffee grinder, or certain breeds of dog barking in your ...

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Innovation Challenge – When should a product die?

All companies – whether they make cars, electronics, software, etc. – know that there is only so much new life that they can breathe into their existing products by introducing new improved versions. Ultimately any product will reach the end of its life, and a brand new one will have to be launched in its stead. The critical question is: ...

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Old Invention Transformed into an Innovation

In 1960, Corning Incorporated, the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, launched “Project Muscle” to find a glass as strong as steel. The project was a success. According to the Associated Press (AP), in 1964, “Corning devised an ingenious method called ‘fusion draw’ to make super-thin, unvarying flat glass.” They called the glass “Chemcor™.” But, “Project Muscle” was also ...

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Eat More Innovation

Are you willing to crawl through the mud for innovation? by Holly G. Green Have you seen the new HBO made-for-TV movie called “Temple Grandin?” It’s a powerful story about a woman, Temple Grandin, who overcame autism to become one of the most influential figures in today’s livestock and animal husbandry industry. Not only is Temple’s story a testament to ...

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