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2003 Product Development Management Columns

It’s Not About the Technology This past summer, bicycle racer Lance Armstrong won his fifth Tour de France, cycling’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. Armstrong has written his amazing story, insightfully entitling it It’s Not about the Bike. Yet, if you wander into your local bike shop, you are likely to find some guys in […]

Articles

The new product articles listed below have been published in magazines and journals. The actual articles appear on their own page on this Web site, appear on the publisher’s site (a link to that site is provided), or are available here to download as a PDF file. Agile Software Development “The Roots of Agile,” Part […]

Book Chapters

Time to market excellence depends on concurrent execution of not only engineering but all development activities. It also requires clarity as to which type of time to market determines success in your business. Below are chapters Preston has contributed to handbooks on the general topic of time to market. All chapters are available for download as PDF […]

Preston Smith: Flexible Product Development Expertise

Preston G. Smith received a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University and served for the next 26 years in engineering and management positions in the aerospace, automotive, highway safety, defense, and diversified industries. In 1984 he initiated a corporate program to accelerate product development, and for the past twenty years, he has been an independent management […]

Proactive Risk Management: Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development

A complete how-to guide for managing risk in product development and other projects. Covers both project risk management methodology and critical implementation details in real organizations. Risk management is a critical element in reducing time to market. Proactive Risk Management: Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development, by Preston G. Smith and Guy M. Merritt, Productivity Press, 2002 (June), 246 […]

Flexible Product Development: Building Agility for Changing Markets

Flexible Product Development is a new book written by Preston Smith aimed at restoring the flexibility needed to innovate in new product development. Flexibility is essential to move with the changes that are inevitable during the development cycle as customers change their minds, markets shift, and new technologies arise and fade. Unfortunately, most development organizations have declined […]

Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools

Amazon.com consistently ranks this book among the three most popular product development titles. Over 100,000 copies are in use by management in many industries. Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools, by Preston G. Smith and Donald G. Reinertsen, John Wiley & Sons, 1997, 298 pages. Foreword Endorsements and Reviews Versions and […]

Books

Developing Products in Half the Time Flexible Product Development Proactive Risk Management      

Preston Smith’s Corner

Welcome to Preston Smith’s Corner. Preston retired in 2012 from New Product Dyanamics, and we created this repository to store his important contributions to new product development. He has a long list of accomplishments during his career in new product development. Preston received his PhD in Engineering from Stanford University. He was the Principal at […]

Flexible Product Development Resources

There are many resources you can turn to on flexible development, including our book on the subject Flexible Product Development. Here we list a few. “Brown Bag” A complimentary lunchtime telephone discussion based on the article “Change: Embrace It, Don’t Deny It” below. See the IRI Website for a PDF file of the article, an audio […]

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