Category Archives: Decision Driven Product Development

Simplicity

Three events this week have me focused on the theme of simplicity. On Tuesday, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the INCOSE Crossroads of America chapter in Indianapolis. We fielded multiple questions about the practice of Systems Engineering, … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineer to go farther/faster

We all like the thought of continuous forward progress, accelerating onwards and upwards toward a strategic goal or outcome. But many times our march to the future is best served by a tactical pause in which we consolidate our gains, … Continue reading

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Product Scoping Decisions

If you have been around Product Development or Systems Engineering long enough, you could write some horror stories describing how feature bloat killed a great product. Regardless of your product development methodology (waterfall, lean startup, agile, etc.), every product has … Continue reading

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THINK-plan-DO-check

The human bias towards ACTION is very strong. But what distinguishes us from the beasts is our ability to THINK, i.e. envision a range of possible futures, evaluate competing alternatives and commit to a specific vision of the future before … Continue reading

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Lean and Agile Thinking

It’s hard to escape the influence that the Lean and Agile movements have had on innovation-driven enterprises.  They have grown from their manufacturing and software roots to converge in the new product development, innovation and start-up space.  And done mostly … Continue reading

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Creating Value through Interaction Management

The ability to define, visualize and manage the interactions associated with any product or systems is growing in importance.  Mastering Interaction Management tools such as the N-Squared Diagram can create new value for your organization.  But where should you apply … Continue reading

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The Interaction Management Challenge

There is the potential for interaction(s) between every pair of components that comprise a product or system. These interactions are governed by the scientific principles/laws of our universe, i.e. any two components can and will interact in every way made … Continue reading

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