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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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Co-Developing Products in Asia Audio Session MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 Download of Co-Developing Products in Asia Audio Session

Lean Project Portfolios Audio Session MP3 Download Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 download of Lean Project Portfolios Audio Session

Selection Criteria for Global Projects: Audio Session MP3 Download Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 download of Selection Criteria for Global Projects Audio Session

Measuring the Value of Open Innovation: Metrics, NPV and ROI Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-11

A Presentation by Simon Hayes, Senior Director, Strategic Alliance, Cisco Systems Cisco Systems has created a comprehensive measurement system for Open Innovation projects and alliances. Cisco’s experience suggests that it is necessary, first, to have a consistent methodology for measuring business return – one that embraces all of the types of projects under the corporate umbrella. Cisco tracks the metrics at the project, alliance and alliance portfolio levels. According to Hayes, comprehensive NPV, across all of these levels, is the best measure when comparing one project with another. Including non-financial, strategic measures (e.g. early market entry or the opportunity to create a new standard) in your calculations is essential – it is difficult to quantify them, but estimating them is better than ignoring them. An up-to-date metrics dashboard allows for mid-course corrections, and Cisco has created an automated, frequently updated dashboard solution. Finally, it is necessary that everyone involved on both sides feel ownership over the metrics and are accountable for them. To be successful in strategic alliances, says Hayes, it is absolutely necessary to develop a sense of joint destiny with your partner. Download the presentation slides (19 pages) here and then download the text summary below.(6 pages)

The Portfolio Sweet Spot: How Do You Use Customer Value to Set Product Priorities? Audio Session MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-08

MP3 download of the Portfolio Sweet Spot audio session.

Turning on Your Innovation Light Bulb: Applying Thomas Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation to Your Business MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-07

MP3 download for the audio session "Innovate Like Edison," September 13, 2006.

Key Steps for Protecting IP in China Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-09-22

A Presentation by John Tao, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. In this slide presentation (with text summary), John Tao provides Western companies with the cultural and historical background to help them make better choices with respect to protecting their Intellectual Property (IP) when doing business with China. Tao discusses China’s rapid economic growth and traces the parallel development of IP law. Tao covers the various types of IP and the level of enforcement Westerners should expect with regard to each of them. He also discusses types of IP claims,China's court structure, and preferred methods for conflict resolution. Finally, Tao advises Western companies to examine how the Chinese are protecting their own IP and to imitate their example. According to Tao, choosing the right partner, internal training, and limiting access to core IP to a need-to-know basis, are important keys to protecting IP in these rapidly emerging markets. (20 pages)

Co-Innovating with National Labs Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-09-11

A Presentation by J. Susan Sprake (Los Alamos National Laboratories), New Business Development, Federal Laboratory Consortium Vice Chair In this graphical summary of a conference presentation, Susan Sprake, presents an overview of ways in which companies in the private sector can collaborate with publicly funded labs. The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) organizes events, engages in education and communication as part of its mission to make the technology generated in National Labs more accessible to private enterprise. The document discusses the activities of the consortium and its organization; government technology licensing requirements; technology transfer mechanisms; partnering requirements; as well as the types of agreements entered into by private firms and national labs. Of special interest is the FLC’s locator service. This service is designed to help industry practitioners connect technology problems with the solutions available in national labs. With this free service, a firm in the private sector can form a question in detail, which is fielded by experts across the system of labs. (13 pages)

Using Technology Scouting to Stimulate Innovation: Keys to Focusing the Search Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-08-31

By Jay Paap, President, Paap AssociatesSuccessful technology scouting starts with the right definition of the need, argues Jay Paap in this feature article. To promote innovation, writes Paap, scouting must go beyond seeking sources of known technologies – it must seek out new technologies that provide novel approaches to the problems you face. Think in terms of the problem to be solved, not the technology you think will solve the problem, advises Paap. Define the problem in generic terms to make it easier to identify potential solutions and technological approaches used in other industries. If you’re concerned about missing disruptive technologies, look at changes in customer needs that drive the demand for new technologies. Focus is critical for effective scouting – but focus on the right things: the problems and needs that your technology intends to address. (7 pages)

Held Hostage by Delayed Technology? Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-08-25

Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates For product developers, new technology can be our best friend or our worst enemy. It can be an unparalleled tool to improve product performance. An inelegant design using new technology often outperforms even the most brilliant design using old technology. Unfortunately, new technology has a dark side, introducing uncertainty into schedule and performance goals. Since a project can be as uncertain as its most uncertain element, the entire project schedule can be contaminated by the uncertainty of a single underlying technology. In this brief article, Don Reinertsen argues that the key is to keep technology off the critical path. He presents severalways of pursuing this strategyas well as an analytic approach for articulating the economic argument. (3 pages)

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