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Are the best product ideas internally or externally developed?

Do we get better product ideas from internal professionals, such as engineers, designers, marketers and product management, or from external sources?

Five Biggest Fears that Managers & Leaders Encounter on a Daily Basis

Fear of making a mistake can prevent companies from making crucial, timely decisions. Here’s how to combat those fears. Read Mary Drotar’s post on  the MENG (Marketing Executives Networking Group) The Five Biggest Business Decision Fears of Leaders

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.

Battles between Marketing and Engineering

It is not unusual to see a battle between marketing and engineering when it comes to product development. This conflict needs to be addressed because it translates into wasted project cost, time, resources and a culture of mistrust. This is a must read blog post, by Mary Drotar of Strategy 2 Market, published on the…
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What does decentralized decision-making really look like?

Does decentralized decision-making mean leaders are out of a job? No, definitely not. As a leader, it is your responsibility … Read more

How to lead product development teams: Mission-Type Orders

Mission-type orders are the basis of effective product development leadership when decentralized decision-making and adaptability is needed. Read more

Can an established organization act like a startup? No.

Established organizations can’t be entrepreneurial, but an alternative is experimentation.

When Disciplines Don’t Mix

This article discusses working together as a cross-functional team.

When Expertise Trumps Authority

Decentralized decision making can speed product development, as well as, improve adaptability and ability to react to market changes.

When Companies Trump Biology

Over the last 50-plus years businesses have achieved tremendous growth and efficiency by applying the scientific method to an array of problems: efficient manufacturing, optimal pricing, capital financing and management control are just a few. This approach has yielded impressive results, except when you have people in the frame. The problem is, unlike many other…
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