Category: Product Innovation

Between the Gates, Vol. 1: Opportunity Proposal Development

Gated development processes have been around for over 25 years now and I rarely come across a company these days that does not have some form of a gated process in place. A gate review process, when well implemented, allows leadership to evaluate projects from a business perspective at critical junctures, leaving day-to-day project execution to an accountable project team. Then why… Continue reading

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 3: Honor the Order, Abandon the BOM

Most mainstream Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems in the marketplace today are designed with a mass production model in mind. These systems offer sophisticated functionality that allows engineers to formulate Bills of Material (BOMs) and define product structure during design stages. Designs are released and pushed to production systems for manufacturing, but the PLM system remains the single source of truth for end-product design information. Continue reading

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Michael Kotowski recently attended the Big Data & Analytics for Pharma Summit in Philadelphia. Here are some great quotes from these innovation speakers, thinkers and doers at #DataPharma: Continue reading

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 1: Modularize your People, Processes and Products

Companies who wish to optimize their business for mass customization should consider modularity to be a critical imperative. In this case, modularity refers to the use of individual product components, processes and teams that exhibit a consistent and predictable function on their own, but can be combined and arranged into systems that function in new and unpredictable ways. Continue reading

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 2: Follow the Rules

For practical reasons, manufacturers have to set limitations on range of configurability in their product architecture. These limitations are driven by a wide variety of business and technical requirements, including manufacturing constraints (Is it possible to assemble this?), and sales and marketing strategies (Do we want to offer this to our customers?) Continue reading

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The Trinity of Product Development

The early stages of innovation are inevitably quite uncertain and poorly defined. The Front End process gradually clears the fog, you’ve done your research experiments and confirmed that you have both technical and market feasibility. There comes a point when the development target is clarified, and this is where the Trinity of product development takes over. Continue reading

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Virtually everything the government does these days, from drivers’ licenses to voter registration to retirement benefits, requires a robust technological platform that must overcome challenges specific to the public sector. Now, a team of technologists thinks they may have a solution. Continue reading

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