Creating a Common Enterprise Innovation Management Framework

October 20th, 2015|

CIMdata, the leading global PLM consulting and research firm, has initiated a multi-sponsor research project to develop and socialize a common framework for next-gen innovation management technologies that help industrial companies innovate more effectively and sustainably.

The goal of the research is to address [...]

Achieving Agility in Consumer Goods Innovation

August 18th, 2015|

By Bryan Seyfarth, Director Consumer Goods, Sopheon

Today’s food, beverage and CPG manufacturers face a turbulent and daunting market environment. Dramatically shifting consumer preferences, demographic changes, new paths to distribution, and new technologies mean consumer firms are more challenged than ever to keep up. However, one [...]

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

March 17th, 2015|

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 [...]

The Misdirected Guidance of “Portfolio Balance”

January 20th, 2015|

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. [...]

Leveraging Agile Principles in Non-Software Product Development

March 18th, 2014|

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. These [...]

The Annual Operating Planning Cadence Is Broken and What to Do

February 18th, 2014|

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 corporate [...]

Innovation Levers: Keys to Business Success in a Difficult Economy

August 16th, 2013|

Contrary to conventional wisdom, innovation leaders use recessionary times to escalate innovation efforts. Imagine boosting sales growth in a down market from $142M to $2B in only two years, unleashing a potential cash flow increase of 10 times greater or even outperforming major indexes by over 180%. [...]

Roadmapping: Chart Your Organisation’s Future

August 15th, 2013|

Roadmapping is hardly new; Motorola introduced it in the U.S. during the 1980s and Philips was on a similar timescale in Europe. As a process, it has gained momentum in recent years for a number of reasons such as:


How Not to Avoid Product Failures at RFP Stage

June 20th, 2013|

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 rate [...]