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Research & Publications is a growing collection of case studies, presentations, research reports and other resources focusing on product development, R&D, and innovation management.  These concise reports provide practitioner insights, company examples, benchmarks and thought-leading viewpoints. 

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Lean Product Development Methods and Practices Report

Publication | Posted: 2014-06-25

While many organizations have lean manufacturing initiatives in place, lean product development is still relatively immature. Yet companies that know how to focus resources on value-added activities – while reducing waste - have an enormous competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. For this reason, Management Roundtable has been tracking industry progress and the implementation efforts of leading practitioners.

Technology Scouting: Practices of Industry Leaders Locked

Research | Posted: 2012-02-22

An overview of the practices of open innovation leaders such as Procter and Gamble, Clorox, Nokia and more.

Metrics for Technology Scouting: Recent Workshop Demonstrates Growing Need to Measure Success by Jay Paap, Paap Associates Locked

Research | Posted: 2009-06-09

An April 2009 Technology Scouting (TS) workshop, including representatives from such companies as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Frito-Lay, Eastman Chemical, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., brainstormed a list of metrics for Technology Scouting. The exercise supported the observation that metrics are emerging as an increasingly important part of corporate venturing (or open innovation) programs in general and scouting programs in particular. In addition to listing input, output and throughput measures for corporate venturing, the article also compares these metrics to an approach to metrics presented by Nokia at another conference.

Optimizing Metrics: Measuring the Critical Few – An Interview with Wayne Mackey, Product Development Consulting, Inc. Locked

Research | Posted: 2009-03-20

Wayne Mackey has been a Principal with Product Development Consulting, Inc. (PDC) since 1997. Prior to joining PDC, he worked for 20 years in the high tech, aerospace and automotive fields. Mr. Mackey has worked as a senior scientist, program manager, engineering manager, and systems engineering manager. His expertise is grounded in the leadership of large engineering, manufacturing, and procurement organizations. In this interview, Mackey reviews the current state of R&D metrics, their use and misuse, and discusses how metrics can be optimized by returning to basic principles. He discusses how to turn metrics into useful tools for product development improvement and outlines the three most important steps for managing a metrics program. He also cites three leading-edge metrics for product development organizations. (5 pages)

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Technology Scouting Starter Kit: Leading Practices and Resources

Publication | Posted: 2009-01-14

Management Roundtable's Technology Scouting Starter Kit offers an overview of industry practices and recommended action steps.

Lean Product Development: Looking Ahead -- A Summary of the Management Roundtable Conference Profiting From Lean Product Development: Toyota Methods and Beyond Locked

Research | Posted: 2008-12-05

This conference summary presents the major points of keynote talks by James Luckman and Don Reinertsen who spoke of a second-generation of lean implementation that expands the range of lean practices beyond what can be learned from manufacturing. Case studies from such firms as Pfizer, Steelcase, and Altec underline the challenges and opportunities of lean product development and provide details of successful lean implementations. The conference emphasized a) the importance of learning and problem-solving in the lean organization; b) focusing on system-wide improvements – sometimes caused by relatively small changes; and c) communicating and disseminating lean principles throughout the organization.

Technology Sourcing Resources List Locked

Research | Posted: 2008-11-13

A listing of resources available for technology sourcing

Trends and Best Practices in Technology Scouting (Presentation) Locked

Research | Posted: 2008-11-13

Highlights and tips on Technology Sourcing and Open Innovation from companies like IBM, P&G, Corning, Nokia, Johnson & Johnson and others that have strong innovation cultures, and continue to look outside for sourcing new technologies. These companies are going beyond their core, exploring new markets, and investing in other companies. Their outreach is global, their strategic thinking is long-range.

Procter & Gamble’s Process for Open Innovation: Communication, Triage and Review Locked

Research | Posted: 2008-09-04

The pressure to cut cycle times and resource budgets, coupled with the flood of competitive products, has pushed growing numbers of organizations to conclude that innovation is too important to leave to R&D alone. At Procter & Gamble (P & G), this conclusion resulted in a proactive approach to connecting with innovation resources around the globe that P & G calls Connect and Develop. This program has enabled the company to develop a greater number of products and speed them to market faster than ever. This article explores briefly how Connect and Develop defines strategic needs, solicits responses from its user network, and processes this input. It describes how P & G uses multiple resources and channels to solicit new ideas and emphasizes the back-end of this process for open innovation. The piece concludes that communication, triage, and review capabilities are key success factors for a focused, formal process for open innovation. (5 Pages)

X Teams: How To Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed Locked

Research | Posted: 2008-08-08

"Good teams fail all the time, and it’s not because they are inadequate or lack the talent or knowledge to do the job. It’s because they follow the classic team approach of focusing internally." So says Deborah Ancona, a Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center, and a consultant to such companies as AT&T, BP, Vale, Merrill Lynch, and Newscorp. In this presentation, Professor Ancona presents X-Teams, a new model that illustrates how teams can become engines of innovation and execution through fostering an external focus and external action. Challenging theconventional wisdom that successful teams focus on internal dynamics, Ancona builds on twenty years of research to show that high performance teams make external activity a top priority. Drawing on examples from BP, Microsoft, Newscorp, and HP, Ancona describes how to identify the attributes of high-performing, innovative teams; how to create teams that are a vehicle for leadership development; how to rapidly develop X-teams in your company; and how to build an infrastructure of innovation in your organization. (20 slides with audio)

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