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Product Development Resources

Knowledge Space

Over the many years of working in the trenches of new product development, our consultants have gained considerable expertise in resolving the very real challenges and frustrations our clients face in getting the right products to market, quickly and efficiently.

We want to share our expertise with you—and one of the ways we can do this is through this ‘Knowledge Space’ with free resources such as articles, whitepapers, a glossary and more. It represents common issues our clients have experienced—issues such as strategy, project prioritization, risk management, project delay, portfolio management, process, teams, organization, and metrics.

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Preston Smith’s Corner

Preston passed away In March 2022. Access his memorial page with obituary and guestbook at Legacy.com.

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 New Product Dynamics for 26 years. During this time he helped scores of companies with getting products to market faster and improving their ability to deal effectively with the inevitable changes that arise in mid-project.

Preston is also a prolific author and is the co-author of  Developing Products in Half the Time  (1997) with Donald Reinertsen. Next,  Proactive Risk Management, won the 2003 David Cleland award from the Project Management Institute as the best piece of project management literature published in 2002. In 2007, Preston published  Flexible Product Development  and revised it in 2018. In this ground-breaking book, Preston attributes the recent decline in  innovation  to pressure from financial markets that drives management toward rigid development approaches, such as phased development processes and Six Sigma. In addition, Preston was the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management for five years.  Preston has been instrumental in contributing to our book on  Exploratory Product Development.

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