Is process really your innovation problem?
Apr28

Is process really your innovation problem?

I recently spoke with a company that was terribly frustrated by the results of their new product innovation process. Or should I say the lack of results – because they readily admitted that projects never finish on time and rarely deliver even half of what they project. Even so, this was a successful company whose brands you might even recognize. As far as they were concerned, their stage-gate process was the problem. Many of...

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What are late new product launches costing you?
Apr13

What are late new product launches costing you?

What are late new product launches costing you? I recently saw that missing the launch date for their 3D Gameboy cost Nintendo $1Billion in lost profits by missing the Christmas buying season. When Nintendo issued the profit warning cutting it’s fiscal 2011 profit forecast that news wiped out 10% of the stocks value in a single day (ouch!). While $1 Billion in damages may sound surreal to most of us, new product delays can have...

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Tomatoes, single-tasking & innovation?
Mar25

Tomatoes, single-tasking & innovation?

Okay, so a tomato can’t make your new product innovation move any faster, but a little concept called the Pomodoro Technique might help eliminate some of the bad multi-tasking that wastes time and can slow any new product project down. I’ve written a lot lately about eliminating multi-tasking for personal and corporate productivity, but only recently ran across this concept from a link in the Knowledge Jolt with Jack blog....

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Managing your biggest constraint – your time
Feb02

Managing your biggest constraint – your time

Each of us has the same 1,440 minutes every day, 7 days a week, but what we accomplish with them varies dramatically. For most of us, time is our constraint, and how we choose to exploit the time available will drive the results we see. My last post on singletasking gave some tips for managing your constrained time more effectively. In these next two posts, I’ll share a system that I’ve personally found very helpful for maintaining...

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The case for singletasking
Dec09

The case for singletasking

A few weeks ago I wrote a post asking “Is multitasking getting us anywhere?” It created quite a bit of activity in my LinkedIn groups and one kind reader reminded me about the The 4-Hour Workweek. I had read Ferris’ book a few years ago and while his internet entrepreneur shtick is definitely not my cup of tea, he still makes some useful suggestions for ridding ourselves of the scourge of multitasking. Ferris reminds...

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