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What Does Airline Capacity Have To Do With Lean?

Observation on Lack of Capacity A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (The Reason Southwest Stopped Overbooking), which contained excerpts from an interview with Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly, brought out the need to address airline capacity issues on the ground and in the air. Responding to a question on the impact of lack…
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Should you outsource your idea generation?

Are you at a fork in the road?  Should you be outsourcing your idea generation or using your internal resources? Much attention is being paid to crowdsourced innovation, innovation contests, and innovation tournaments. The idea is to use the power of crowds to generate lots of ideas. The best ideas will rise to the top…
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Strategy: One Direction

  Strategy is more of an art than a science. What companies need is a way to structure thinking and analysis, come to a decision on what to do, and then communicate the strategy in order to mobilize the organization to execute it. We wrote a mini eBook outlining the s2m Strategic Framework™   This framework…
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4 Product Strategy Insights… and Why You Should Care

Development of product strategies should be an ongoing, collaborative bi-directional effort between senior management and product management. Senior management sets the overall direction through the enterprise and business unit strategies. As the product strategies are developed and executed, they can affect the business unit strategies and the enterprise strategies. They also need to be reviewed…
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Link Strategy to P3: Pipeline, Process, Portfolio

We have encountered companies struggling with the implementation of their strategies because there is no clear linkage between strategy and execution. The approach we have seen work best includes linkages between strategies and the design and implementation of the P3  (pipeline, product development process, and portfolio management system). PIPELINE New-product ideas are identified and vetted during…
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Are you working on the right new product development projects?

A common theme we hear from Executives… “I don’t know if we’re working on the right New Product Development projects, and I keep hearing that projects are late because we don’t have enough resources. The solution to every problem seems to be ‘Give me more people,’ but I’m not going to throw more resources into…
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