Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Interim Dean and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, presented "Options thinking for your NPD process" at the Minneapolis Regional Innovation Round Table on September 14, 2017.
Scrum, Sprints, Kanban, Niko Niko... It used to be that these words were spoken exclusively within a software development environment, where Agile methodology took root. However, some early adopters and leading manufacturers have recently been giving them a new meaning, by experimenting and translating Agile methodology into their new product development processes.
Top performing companies are achieving superior product innovation performance results by embracing and excelling in the four key drivers of success: Product Innovation Strategy, Portfolio Management, Stage-Gate® Idea-to-Launch Process, and a Culture of Leadership.
At our Getting Innovation to Summit event, Dr. Ken Huskins and Dr. Klaus Fink shared a case study in which an organization was able to transform their NPD process and achieve higher project on-time completion rates, better alignment among team members, and increased overall pipeline value.
If you enjoyed our video of Dr Robert Cooper on Innovation and the Future of Stage-Gate, then watch the rest of the interview where he discusses growing a fertile innovation culture, when to start using Stage-Gate and the role of voice-of-customer in the new development process.
We sat down with Dr Cooper last October to ask him about his take on product innovation's issues such as mitigating risks in new product development projects, accommodating agile methodologies, and unsticking stalled project processes.