PDMA Webinar on Exploratory Product Development April 27 @ 12N CST PDMA Chicago: Replacing Phase-Gate with an Adaptable Product Development Process This session will provide an overview on an alternative approach to the traditional phased and gated process. With ExPD, unique product nuances drive the process versus prescribed documentation and activities that you find in a phased-and-gated process. ExPD is an adaptable process that leverages […]

The Multiple Personalities of Risk

Cheat sheet / definitions for the multiple personalities of risk terminology.

Should you use Skunk Works? Not a Cut-and-Dried Answer

An executive asked me a question regarding the merits of designing a Skunk Works® program for developing innovative products internally. It is not a cut-and-dried answer because there are advantages and disadvantages of the skunk works model.

The Different Flavors of Experimentation

Learn more about exploratory and hypothesis-testing experimentation for product development

Are you a mad scientist?

Do you feel like a mad scientist when your project has morphed from $12M to $24M, the feature set is stripped beyond recognition, and it no longer meets original customer requirements since they’ve changed numerous times during the project?

Dealing with Uncertainty in Product Development

One of the defining characteristics of product development is making decisions and judgments, in the face of uncertainty. Exploratory Product Development (ExPD) is based on the premise of reducing risks and uncertainty. We’re defining uncertainty as having imperfect or limited knowledge about something, resulting in the potential for surprise or unpredictability in the future. You’ll […]

Why Product Development Needs to be Done Differently

Exploratory product development is a fundamental redesign of the product development process. ExPD is an adaptive approach that responds quickly to internal and external factors. Read more

Creativity is not about being a “creative person”

Do you have to be a creative person to do innovation? No, it’s all about the creative process and making creative choices.

One World, Different Perspectives of Product Development

There is surprisingly little overlap in the various communities involved in product development. This article describes some of the differences in perspective.

Act Like A Chef When Developing Products

In product development, as in a professional kitchen, experimentation and exploration are integral to creating a new recipe. It’s hard to predict what will happen so the product development process has to adapt.

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