Monthly Archives: September 2008

Accelerating new product development

There’s no quick fix for accelerating the development of a new product.  That’s because your organization has a baseline (existing, current) capability for product development that is comprised of a mix of existing solutions, people, process/methods, tools and knowledge assets.  If … Continue reading

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Tips for entrepreneurs

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to the Entrepreneurship class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, my alma mater.  I split my talk between “Using Decisions Patterns to Accelerate Your Business” (which I’ve touched on often in this blog) and … Continue reading

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Decision patterns for better proposals

If you frequently generate business proposals in response to customer requests (e.g. RFPs, RFQs, RFIs), then you can benefit greatly from the use of decision patterns.  Every proposal offers a solution to a customer’s problem (e.g. use cases, mission scenarios, … Continue reading

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Decision baselines: a dynamic plan of record

It’s always helpful for your business to have a plan of record; a baseline plan that your entire organization can see and align their efforts against.  However, if you are pushing the envelope of new technologies, new products, new markets … Continue reading

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Engineering is a gnarly profession

People don’t understand what engineers do.  Say “engineer” and a layperson thinks: Nerds Nerds with pocket protectors (I haven’t worn mine in years!) Nerds with pocket protectors and electrical tape holding their eyeglasses together (… decades!) Sophisticated laypersons think “Dilbert!” … Continue reading

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Turn a Kaizen Blitz into a Decision Blitz

I launched my consulting business before the term, kaizen, became widely used as a synonym for continuous, incremental improvement.  Most of my consulting engagements have been focused on innovation, strategy, roadmapping, new products, systems engineering or platform engineering – the … Continue reading

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Decision Driven project management

Most project managers place their focus on a project plan comprised of a network of tasks and/or work packages.  These work packages are part of a hierarchical decomposition of the project effort known as a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).  A … Continue reading

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