Three Examples of How “What If” Resource Planning Scenarios Have Benefited Companies in Times of Crisis

I have heard some great stories over the last few years about how companies have leveraged top-down resource planning and “what if” portfolio optimization techniques to quickly and more confidently make decisions that deliver better product, portfolio and shareholder value. In the past, companies comfortably [...]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Help! My NPD Process is Stuck in the 80s

Your NPD process is stuck in the 80s when…

  • Your organization still calls it ‘gated process’.
  • Your portfolio of projects consists of an Excel™ spreadsheet.
  • Projects get into the process and never get killed.
  • Concepts are generated from random brainstorming or are management pet projects.
  • Your product line roadmap is [...]
April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Three Takeaways from Top Innovation Professionals in Consumer Goods Packaging

The failure rate of new products is often over 50%, and can be as high as nine out of ten in some industries.  A recent conference, Best of Food and Beverage Packaging, featured innovation professionals highlighting the implications of technology and trends in food [...]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , |

Innovation and New Product Development (NPD) Q&A with Bob Cooper

During a recent webinar titled The Five Most Important Drivers of Success in Product Innovation – That Most People Get Wrong! with Dr. Robert Cooper, President of the Product Development Institute Inc., he fielded a number of audience questions. Bob is also the creator [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Technology Development and Open Innovation

Companies with complex products or processes are frequently engaged at a given moment in a number of activities which can be described in terms of technology development, open innovation or both. In my experience, it is advantageous to link some of these by implementing a [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

Searching for Business Intelligence with Text Mining Techniques

In a recent blog post, I began this theme with a brief discussion of how text mining can help find white spaces for discovery and intelligence. This post is about how with help of text mining techniques you can transform masses of “unstructured” data [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Chief Innovation Officer Summit (CINO) Debrief: Back to the Innovation Future

Recently, I presented at the Chief Innovation Officer Summit (CINO).  I have wondered for some time how the market would differentiate between the two CIO titles and roles that have evolved in the corporate world. The traditional CIO stood for Chief Information Officer of [...]

February 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

R&D Spend Does Not Equate to Being Innovative

The Annual Global Innovation 1000 Study by Booz & Company includes a list of the companies with the highest R&D spending. Forbes magazine did investment related research into these top R&D spenders and concluded that contrary to popular belief, companies that spend more on [...]

February 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

The Innovation Exchange: Five Lessons in Improving Execution from PepsiCo, Kimberly-Clark and J.M. Smucker

While establishing innovation and new product development process is no easy feat, effective execution and adoption of practices is even more difficult. Time and again, leading consumer goods companies recognize they need more from their innovation investments.

To address this, Sopheon and Kalypso facilitated an exchange [...]

February 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

The Misdirected Guidance of “Portfolio Balance”

Here is a simple message for all NPD and R&D managers and likewise for all Chief Innovation Officers.  This message is especially important for PMO’s with responsibility for analyzing a path forward for portfolios of new product development projects. [...]

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |