Category: Product Innovation

Between the Gates, Vol. 3: High Level Design

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… Continue reading

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Between the Gates, Vol. 2: Product Requirements

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 are so many of these same companies falling short of their innovation goals? Continue reading

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Open Innovation: Practical First Steps for B2B Companies

Considering an open innovation initiative? Don’t take it lightly. For B2B companies who face unique additional challenges, identifying and achieving value can be especially difficult. If your company sees the value and is ready to get started, here are four critical steps that will help ensure success. Continue reading

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Has Apple lost innovative momentum? Is this company now only innovation follower? Continue reading

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 5: Brace for Change

A successful shift to mass customization requires a holistic strategy with a far-reaching impact across the enterprise, a sound vision for organizational adjustments to the company, and skillful change leadership. Manufacturers should expect more than technology changes when transitioning to a mass-customization model. The organizational impacts of this transition are far reaching, and typically require role changes in… Continue reading

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The Value of Open Innovation for B2B Companies

We hear a lot these days about applying open innovation concepts to improve innovation and product development processes. The value is clear for B2C companies, but B2B firms have different challenges and needs that have caused many to hold off. Despite the challenges, the open innovation payoff for B2B companies is significant if done correctly, especially in today’s resource-constrained R&D environments. Continue reading

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 4:  Look Your Customer in the Eyes

Success in a customer-centric business environment requires a seamless feedback loop between supplier and consumer. To maximize value realized from a mass customization strategy, you should view your customer as a collaborative partner in the product design process. Continue reading

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