Product Development Examples

Jesse Hopps

The Top Five Principles for Successful Product Development

According to Aberdeen’s September 2008 benchmark report, Getting the Process Right – a Fresh Look at PLM and Product Development, the average engineering organization is nearly half as likely as its Best-in-Class peer to report having a centralized process in place to support the capture and reuse of product data and information. But many engineering organizations also struggle with how to effectively document, approve and release final designs to manufacturing, as well as how to effectively manage engineering changes post-release.

The following report explores how the Best-in-Class apply tools and methodologies in each of these key areas in order to achieve greater profitability and efficiency - providing a roadmap for others to do the same.

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The number one product development strategy for Best-in-Class product development organizations is aligning products more closely to customer needs. What is perhaps most worth noting here is that this is recognized an as important strategy to pursue by nearly all manufactures, with the Best-in-Class rating this at the top of their list. This positions top performers well to focus on two of the top pressures facing manufacturers today – changing customer needs and the need to capitalize on new market opportunities. See Figure 1 for other product development strategies employed by Best-in-Class organizations.

How Demand Metric Can Help

If you want to incorporate some Best-in-Class product development techniques into your process , check out the following templates:

Product Positioning Tool

Product Process Development Model

Customer Satisfaction Form Template

Product Feature Competitive Analysis

Product Development Metrics Dashboard

Project Management Portfolio

Project Change Request Form

Competitive Analysis Template

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