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Held Hostage by Delayed Technology?


Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates
For product developers, new technology can be our best friend or our worst enemy.  It can be an unparalleled tool to improve product performance.  An inelegant design using new technology often outperforms even the most brilliant design using old technology.  Unfortunately, new technology has a dark side, introducing uncertainty into schedule and performance goals.  Since a project can be as uncertain as its most uncertain element, the entire project schedule can be contaminated by the uncertainty of a single underlying technology.  In this brief article, Don Reinertsen argues that the key is to keep technology off the critical path.  He presents several ways of pursuing this strategy as well as an analytic approach for articulating the economic argument.
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