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An R&D leader recently asked me for a crisp and succinct explanation of the differences between Critical Chain (CCPM) and Critical Path project management. There are many differences and some are subtle, but if I had to boil it down to a single sentence, it would be: CCPM is built for flow so that you […] Read more

In the previous articles in this series you learned how to create governance that weeds out low-impact opportunities and to build project plans that are robust to unexpected variation—critical to giving every project an excellent chance of finishing on-time. Once you’ve created this plan, the next step is to schedule your project to move into […] Read more

The previous article in this series summarized the necessary elements of governance required to build a disciplined system for bringing qualified opportunities into the organization. Once you’ve decided that a new product opportunity is consistent with strategy, meets financial hurdles, and is feasible, the next step is to create a robust plan and realistic timeline that […] Read more

The most common complaint I hear from within organizations that are struggling with delays is “We don’t know how to say no.” But maybe what’s most surprising is that so many companies are unable to commit to the up-front assessment work necessary to make their new product portfolio more productive. If your organization ever struggles […] Read more

In this post of the Simplifying Innovation blog, we discuss the dual benefit of reducing new product cycle time and offer five speed to market improvement strategies for your new product development.

Funny thing, but as we grow-up and get “smarter,” we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be, and innovation is no exception. New product innovation is complex enough to begin with; so let’s look at a lesson we learned as children that can help simplify it and deliver more impact. My […] Read more

It’s almost axiomatic – business growth requires a clear vision or goal and strategies to support it. However, a lack of clear direction continues to be one of the most common complaints I hear from the development groups of industrial business to business companies. Of course a lack of direction also means wasted innovation resources, […] Read more

You won’t find too many companies today that aren’t under pressure to increase new product growth which is why this series of articles is focused on uncovering hidden innovation capacity. Unfortunately, most companies report that the innovation projects they are counting on finish late and rarely deliver the sales promised. If any of this sounds […] Read more

How Agile is Your Innovation

With software becoming an increasingly more important part of product development, Agile software development methods are becoming more well known. So in this issue we’ll take a look at Agile and how some of its key elements can help you uncover hidden new product innovation capacity. For a more comprehensive overview you might want to […] Read more

How often have you seen companies look for new employees with the “ability to multitask”? But by now don’t we all know that multitasking is a dangerous myth? One that adds waiting time to projects, results in poor productivity, and delays projects from finishing on time. If you still have any doubts, you might want […] Read more