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Innovation Processes Propel an Innovation Culture

The latest research published in MIT’s Sloan Management Review (Spring 2013) includes a study of 759 companies from 17 major markets worldwide. The study found that corporate culture was a key driver of companies that were more innovative. Using the study as a springboard, […]

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April 15, 2014
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Trends in Portfolio Management

People often ask me about the innovation and new product development trends I’m seeing in the field. For many years, I saw that companies’ first priority was to automate the gated development process. That is, companies needed to automate the process of moving new […]

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April 15, 2014
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The Business Case for More Effective Innovation

Every day brings a new press release or corporate statement extolling the virtues and importance of innovation to a corporation’s future. But aside from mom and apple pie concepts of being a world leading product company, do stakeholders in the business really understand the […]

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April 15, 2014
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Roadmaps and Scorecards as Innovation Tools

In my current position, I work across Europe helping my clients implement strategic business processes. I analyze clients’ product development and innovation processes and make recommendations to help them improve. Two tools that I often recommend using are roadmaps and scorecards. Both can be […]

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March 18, 2014
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Leveraging Agile Principles in Non-Software Product Development

Over the past decade and even more so in the last five years, software development and IT organizations have undergone a transformation thanks to the mainstream adoption of many Agile development principles. Quite frankly, this transition occurred because software teams had lost their way. […]

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March 18, 2014
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory or Bust!

For the better part of eight years, I worked at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater and enjoyed every minute of it! One of the early films I watched likely hundreds […]

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March 18, 2014
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The Annual Operating Planning Cadence Is Broken and What to Do

Uncertainties in life are plentiful. We face stress, frustration, chaos and disappointment.  To bring structure and stability in our lives and our corporations, we look to the predictable; things we can count on.  What if it were possible to take the same sources causing […]

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February 18, 2014
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The Business Layer of PLM: Design Automation to Business Value Optimization

In the early days of Product Data Management (PDM) systems through today’s PLM systems, I have had the opportunity to participate in the evolution of improvement, realized business value and subsequent widespread PLM adoption among product development organizations.  Much like the Diffusion of Innovation […]

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February 18, 2014
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Is Your Company a Customer Company?

Recently, I attended a great event, Becoming a Customer Company and was fortunate to hear from Jeremiah Owyang (Altimeter Group), Peter Coffee (Salesforce.com) and many others. The audience consisted of hundreds of marketing, […]

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February 18, 2014
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Does the Innovation Adoption Curve apply to Innovation Process Adoption?

At the recent Stage-Gate® International Summit 2013, the organizers conducted real-time benchmarking with the attendees between presentation sessions.  The attendees were mostly senior leaders in the innovation / new product development […]

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January 21, 2014
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