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Managing Customer Requirements in Volatile Environments: How Flexible Product Development Can Reduce the Cost of Change


In fast-paced, competitive markets product requirements seem like a moving target. How can you and your team keep up? While freezing requirements may seem like a good idea, studies demonstrate that product development teams can rarely afford to freeze requirements before any development work begins. The challenge is accommodating change without wreaking havoc on the schedule and budget. In this audio session, Preston Smith presents an approach to Flexible Development that describes how to use the concept of product vision to guide design decisions and feature tradeoffs; how to use front-loaded prototyping to elicit feedback from customers and other stakeholders while the cost of change is low; how to engage both engineering and marketing professionals in customer research activities; how to create leading indicators for requirements change; how to find and involve lead users who will reveal untapped opportunities.
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