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Framework & Overview: Design as a Differentiator Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-02-01

Insights from Nortel:  Does Part Commonality Decrease Cycle Time? Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-17

In this report, Nicholas Svensson, a Leader in Nortel Networks’ CDMA Manufacturing Services, assigned to that company’s New Product Introduction unit, discusses his firm’s experience regarding the effects of part commonality on product development lead-time. Earlier in this decade, Nortel tested a strategy of part commonality as a means for attaining product convergence as well as for accelerating time-to-market. Confining his inquiry to the product development process supporting the hardware for the company’s base transceiver stations, he examined the impact of part commonality, over a three-year period, on four types of product part design, beginning with the most basic and ascending through increased levels of product complexity and integration. He found that product lead-times lengthened as the level of integration increased, suggesting that a thoroughgoing insistence on part commonality could impede product development processes. For Svensson’s discussion of the Nortel case and a summary of lessons learned download this report (6 pages) here.

Flextronics: Competing on Time-to-Volume Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-02

Shure Uses Design Alliances to Enable Fast Product Development Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-02

In this report, Laura lan, Program Director for Personal Audio at Shure, Inc. shares her insights into how and why the audio electronics company uses external design partners to speed new products to market. She describes how the firm selects partners and how these partnerships have influenced Shure’s internal processes. Wayne Mackey, a principal at Product Development Consulting, Inc., also presents an overview of design partnerships as a means of decreasing cycle time. Mackey discusses, in particular, how these alliances impact systems engineering, purchasing functions and program management. Click here to download the complete report (6 pages).

Time-related Metrics for Product Development Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-02

Expert Panel: Metrics for Innovation Locked

Quick Insight | Posted: 2005-12-27

In this December 2005 MRT audio session, Tim Jones of Innovaro and Tony Ulwick of Strategyn presented proven approaches for measuring innovation. They explained why it is necessary to measure the outcomes that customers use to measure success. They suggest that it is best to balance measures of the business results (such as market share growth) with measures of internal activities (such as number of patents filed). The panelists also presented approaches for measuring open innovation; for selecting concepts and measuring the value of Intellectual Property; and for measuring the value of an innovation portfolio.

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