Product Innovation

What Types of Innovation Projects Should Be Included In Your Portfolio?

Question: We’re a very large, well-known consumer products company, and our portfolio is actually quite complex, as we have many different types of initiatives included, all at vastly different stages. In fact, we often debate whether certain projects should be included at all. Do you have any leading practices related to defining what should be included, what should be left ...

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When More Innovation Isn’t Your Best Option

Stressed Innovator

The more innovation, the better. That seems to be the going mantra. After all, who wouldn’t want to come up with something new? You can gain additional share of existing markets, or even create new ones. But there comes a tipping point. One where more innovation doesn’t help a business. It hurts it. When improperly paced (i.e., pacing too many ...

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Quality, Speed, and Cost: How to achieve all three in Innovation

Quality, Speed, and Cost. Pick Two. A long-standing belief across chemical and industrial product companies is that it’s not possible to rapidly produce low-cost, high-quality products. Many companies dedicate their best manufacturing equipment and people to quickly develop and launch a high-quality product, but these additional resources drive up costs unexpectedly. In other situations, management decides to deliver a very ...

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CPG Brands Struggle as Consumers Demand ‘Supply Chain’ Transparency

Understanding consumer needs and demands and then adapting to them often requires companies to change their processes and innovate. In a recent podcast, AgFunderNews addressed how CPG brands are struggling to be transparent throughout the supply chain. As consumers shift and become more socially and environmentally responsible, Fortune 500 companies and startups are seeking R&D consultants like PreScouter to uncover ...

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Using Agile Product Portfolio Management

Agile Portfolio Management

  Product managers and organizational leaders turn to portfolio management after they have two or more products to simultaneously manage. It reduces headaches and wasted effort. Traditional product portfolio management is the discipline and framework for applying your two most precious organizational resources—your people and your money—to get the greatest value out of your product investment. The primary goal is value maximization. ...

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