Project Management and Product Development Book Reviews Index

Keep up to date with insightful reviews of project management and other books relating to product development, all written by Preston Smith. They can help you apply your reading time to best advantage. In the table below, the link on the left will take you directly to the review of that book, and the link […]

Project Management and Product Development Book Reviews

How We Decide Jonah Lehrer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 302 + xvii pages. US$25.00 (hardback). Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. New York: Penguin, 2009. 312 + viii pages. US$16.00 (paperback). These books address decision-making. If you dissect the product development process down to its core, […]

Developing Products in Half the Time

Is Available Translated In addition to the original English version, this book is available in French, Italian, Dutch, (Brazilian) Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese (Simplified). French, published by Les Editions D’Organisation, 1993, ISBN 2-7081-1400-X Italian, published by Il Sole 24 Ore, 1993, ISBN 88-7187-315-7 Dutch, published by BoekWerk, 1997, ISBN 90-5402-143-8 Portuguese (Brazilian), published by Futura, […]

Unpublished Articles

Cycle Time Compression Can Be Inappropriate Flexible Development Isn’t Free New Product Development and Fast Cycle Time Project Management: Often Misapplied to Product Development Project Risk Management: A Proactive Approach Contemporary Management Methods Encourage Rigidity Stage Gate* Process Versus Time to Market * Stage-Gate® is a registered trademark of the Product Development Institute Inc. We […]

New Product Development Quick Tips 2008

What is the most important factor in improving product development? October 2008 As realtors are fond of saying about buying houses, there are three important factors to consider in improving how you develop new products: people, people, and people. But how quickly we forget this and put our energy instead into processes, approaches, and tools. […]

Quick Tips Index

  2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 unpublished articles   Best Practices Whatever happened to best practices? April 2007 Cost of Delay Are there situations where cost-of-delay calculations don’t apply? January 1999 Calculating the cost of delay December 1998 Fuzzy Front End Why is listening to the customer so difficult? […]

Cycle Time: Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools (2nd Edition)

Review published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management Preston G. Smith and Donald G. Reinertsen 1997, 298 pages (0471292524). This second edition of the authors’ popular book retains the clear message that a time-based new product development process is usually (but not always) more fruitful than the historical cost-based approach. The authors cite four […]

Flexible Development Isn’t Free

If flexible product development is so valuable for enhancing innovation, which is highly coveted, why isn’t it widely practiced? The answer is that it has its difficulties and its price. Consequently, you only use it when its benefits outweigh its costs. This page outlines some of these difficulties so that you are aware of them. […]

New Product Development Quick Tips 2007

Does flexible product development complement or contradict lean product development? December 2007 This depends on what you mean by lean. Although lean manufacturing is a clear topic—essentially, the Toyota Production System–people have interpreted lean product development in many ways. Katherine Radeka and Tricia Sutton nicely lay out five quite different varieties of lean product development […]

Project Management and Product Development Book Reviews

Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese Cost Innovation Is Disrupting Global Competition Ming Zeng and Peter J. Williamson. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007. 239 + xii pages. US$29.95. There has been a flood of books about China lately, but this one is especially pertinent for Journal of Product Innovation Management readers, as it specifically […]

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