The 4 questions

The 4 questions

So you're chairing your 3 hour monthly project review. The project manager is presenting the current dates, the dates from the last review and the target dates. You listening and yet you don't feel that you have the whole picture. People use words like Portfolio Management and companies supply sophisticated tools, giving you a mass of information to "manage" your portfolio.

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Collaborative new product development supply chain

Collaborative new product development supply chain

When we think of supply chain, we think of manufacturing and the problem of various materials suppliers feeding a chain that leads to the manufacturing of goods. The same supply chain concept is applied to product development today with the ever increasing complexity of technology products and global market distribution. We called this a development supply chain. Typically this is characterized by customers and suppliers of product development teams that lead to the integration of sub-components into a system at the end of the chain closest to the final customer.

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Failure of perception, not of performance

Failure of perception, not of performance

Where do your schedule target dates come from? Are they fact or fiction?

In our experience, schedule target dates (i.e. the point in time which something is needed to be delivered) are difficult to determine. They should be driven by customer demand/needs, but all to often they are artificially generated by either top management or external partners in the case of co-development projects.

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A system for cost reduction

A system for cost reduction

In multiple client engagements we’ve helped clients implement a Cost Leadership Initiative (CLI) methodology that combines decision analysis (to select the right cost reduction projects), a common planning methodology (to get consistent project planning and tracking), and a reporting system (to manage the execution) so that savings are achieved on or before the target commitment dates.

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