In a high-mix environment, how do we introduce standard processes without adding unnecessary bureaucracy?
Developing and marketing successful products is a process of learning by trial and error. Companies that repeat errors on subsequent projects are doomed to failure. The best companies retain the knowledge learned from each development within a formalized “product development process” or “new product introduction template”.However, if not managed properly, these formalized processes can become bureaucratic and tedious, losing their credibility within the organization and their usefulness. For example: low-volume, high-mix products do not always need the same checks and rigor as higher-volume products.
In this workshop, we will show how to provide “just enough process” for highly effective new product developments and launches. Best-in-class product development process templates will be provided and discussed, and we will show by example how to develop a “living process” with out-of-bounds criteria and metrics for improvement. Workshop participants will get a chance to share their own lessons and experiences with product development processes.
- The basic New Product Development (NPD) process template
- Phased-Gate processes and checklists
- Cross-functional and cross-enterprise NPD dynamics and conflicts
- Out-of-bounds conditions and corrective actions
- Metrics for improvement
- Living, scalable templates – “Just Enough Process”
- Learning and improvement in NPD
Benefits to Attendees:
- Project Managers will learn “best-in-class” processes for developing and launching new products rapidly
- Participants will begin to develop or improve their own NPD process templates
- Develop metrics to understand whether you are improving with each project
- Learn how to make a scalable, living process to bring your cross-functional or cross-enterprise team together
This workshop is designed for 8 to 20 participants.