Process Improvement Projects

Quality has two major thrusts:  customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.  In delivering and meeting customer needs, we must constantly strive to improve the product offering itself as well as enhancing […]

Business Model Basics

Business models translate the long term goals of a firm’s strategy into the actionable plans for developing and launching a product in the market place.  Organizations need to constantly review […]

Virtual Teams

Innovation work today, like all other projects, is done by cross-functional teams working in multiple locations. These virtual teams face a number of challenges – just as any team does […]

Organizational Environment

New product development (NPD) is most successful in an organizational culture that is open and flexible. We have recently described the characteristics of such firms that practice disruptive innovation. Disruptive […]

Balanced Scorecard

In engineering management and new product development (NPD), we must measure performance in order to determine success in achieving the goals of a project. Often, performance measures are financial in […]

Supply Chains in NPD

New product development (NPD) teams often focus on the customer.  If there is no a customer need for a product, then it will not survive the marketplace and development efforts […]

Design Thinking

“Design thinking” is an emerging topic in new product development (NPD).  Many of the principles will be familiar to New Product Development Professionals (NPDPs) yet the packaging of the concepts […]