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What is Project Management Software?

A long time ago as I was just beginning my career, I took a project management course at IBM. They were very adamant in explaining that project management was not a Gantt chart or a PERT chart. While the name of the project manageme[…]

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July 15, 2014
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How Not to Avoid Product Failures at RFP Stage

In the weeks following another product withdrawal (Wrigley Halts Production of Caffeine Gum) we can reflect that history is littered with high profile product failures – and yet they continue with disappointing regularity. In May of 2012, Gartner research highlighted a 50% failure […]

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July 15, 2014
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Five Principles of Effective Idea Development

Gartner Research has found that 80% of executives say they have a gap in alignment between strategy and product development activity. Similarly, 79% of top managers say their company does not have enough high-value projects in their portfolio, according to research by the Product […]

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July 15, 2014
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The Role of Idea Managers in the Innovation Process

To gain the most benefit from their innovation efforts, companies need to manage their innovation process. The early phases of the innovation process – namely, idea gathering, idea development, and idea review – are particularly important to manage because they are typically the “fuzziest” […]

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June 17, 2014
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Doing It All is Killing Your Innovation Process

Unfortunately we simply cannot “do it all” and have a healthy innovation pipeline, we are constantly talking to clients who have too many initiatives in the pipeline for their available resources. To improve the quality and financial performance from your innovation pipeline, organizations must […]

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June 17, 2014
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Text Mining Can Help Find White Spaces for Discovery and Intelligence

Text mining is a software technology that can help read unstructured texts. In other words, it recognizes grammatical structures of sentences, phrases and words and creates a kind of “fingerprint” from the source text as a result. Combined with conventional database indexing techniques, the […]

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June 17, 2014
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Science versus Marketing in Innovation: Who Wins?

I recently attended InnoCos, an event focused on innovation in cosmetics and personal care, where a number of professionals from across the industry spoke about their product development and marketing innovation initiatives.  Speakers varied […]

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May 20, 2014
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Legal Confidentiality Restrictions in Process and Portfolio

The main intentions of introducing a solution for process and portfolio management often include obtaining a clear view of how the company’s most innovative, strategic and valuable projects are moving through the Stage-Gate® process, what the resulting portfolio looks like and sharing the knowledge […]

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May 20, 2014
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Friendly Competition Speeds Successful Product Development

Recently, I was considering the idea of creating teams within your ideation process that use competition as an incentive for creating ideas that convert to development projects. Recent research […]

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May 20, 2014
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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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