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Hurry up and WAIT – Pitfalls of the Phased and Gated Process

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A phased-and-gated process suffers from speed issues, read on to learn more. ……
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The Myth of Doubling Down

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It is tempting, when witnessing a failure of product development, to blame the people. Why? And what is going on? Read on …….
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Stop Using Medical Device Design Controls as Your Product Development Process

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Overview Product development is a complex process, which requires integration of business and technology to deliver a successful product.  Medical devices must also follow the requirements of design controls, which are based on engineering best practices for product development.  We often see companies using the required elements of design controls as their product development process,…
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When Expertise Trumps Authority

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Decentralized decision making can speed product development, as well as, improve adaptability and ability to react to market changes….
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The Multiple Personalities of Risk

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Let’s eliminate some of the vagueness around what we mean by risk with some definitions: assumptions, hypotheses, degree of uncertainty, risk and risk attitude….
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The Product Development Pipeline: Shifting the Bubble

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Part of product development is establishing a pipeline of projects that ensure a steady supply of new products delivered over time. Often the pipeline gets clogged, slowing down the delivery of new products. In the short case study below, we discuss one set of solutions to unclog a pipeline. Product Development Case Study Case Study…
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The Fascinating Evolution of Strategy

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Here’s a simplified view of how strategy has evolved over the last several decades.* Early in the last century, when markets and industries were generally stable or slow-changing the recipe for success was to choose an industry and try to keep from increasing rivalry among competitors. The internal environment (internal strategies, policies, capabilities, anything controllable…
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NPD-bytes™ Video: Potential inefficiencies of the phased and gated process (4:25)


This NPD-byte™ will share a case study on the potential inefficiencies of the phased and gated process and the importance of resolving project risks early in the project Our firm was brought into a company that was encountering product development process issues.  Some of the issues included, missing delivery dates,  missing organic growth revenue goals…
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Post-Launch Surveillance

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Question: I’ve heard that the FDA wants medical device companies to take a more comprehensive view of product life cycles.  However, we are not sure what is expected from the regulations and how they might integrate into our product development process. We are currently using a phased and gated product development process.  Can you provide…
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Creating Your Value Proposition

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  Client Question: How can I get information to determine the resonating focus of a value proposition? Answer: Getting a really good understanding of customer needs requires some market research, and that can be hard for companies selling to businesses that have a limited pool of actual and potential customers. If the segments you want…
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