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  1. Design In an Uncertain World: A New Rationale for Flexible Product Development Locked

    Quick Insight | Posted: 2009-01-30

    If there’s one word that characterizes today’s climate it is uncertainty. Product development is an activity that tends to rely on long-term planning and resource management. How can it best be managed in a climate where uncertainty rules the day? Fortunately, noted product development expert Preston Smith has been working for several years on the problem of design for uncertainty. Smith suggests that the ability to respond to the hazard of uncertainty entails flexible product development. This article is available to registered users of FastTrack. Please note that becoming a registered user of Fast Track is free, and every month we make exclusive, member-only, Fast Track articles available to our registered users. Join Today!

  2. Insights from Nortel:  Does Part Commonality Decrease Cycle Time? Locked

    Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-17

    In this report, Nicholas Svensson, a Leader in Nortel Networks’ CDMA Manufacturing Services, assigned to that company’s New Product Introduction unit, discusses his firm’s experience regarding the effects of part commonality on product development lead-time. Earlier in this decade, Nortel tested a strategy of part commonality as a means for attaining product convergence as well as for accelerating time-to-market. Confining his inquiry to the product development process supporting the hardware for the company’s base transceiver stations, he examined the impact of part commonality, over a three-year period, on four types of product part design, beginning with the most basic and ascending through increased levels of product complexity and integration. He found that product lead-times lengthened as the level of integration increased, suggesting that a thoroughgoing insistence on part commonality could impede product development processes. For Svensson’s discussion of the Nortel case and a summary of lessons learned download this report (6 pages) here.

  3. Shure Uses Design Alliances to Enable Fast Product Development Locked

    Quick Insight | Posted: 2006-01-02

    In this report, Laura lan, Program Director for Personal Audio at Shure, Inc. shares her insights into how and why the audio electronics company uses external design partners to speed new products to market. She describes how the firm selects partners and how these partnerships have influenced Shure’s internal processes. Wayne Mackey, a principal at Product Development Consulting, Inc., also presents an overview of design partnerships as a means of decreasing cycle time. Mackey discusses, in particular, how these alliances impact systems engineering, purchasing functions and program management. Click here to download the complete report (6 pages).

  4. Fast & Flexible Success Indicators Locked

    Quick Insight | Posted: 2005-03-10

    The following metrics have been quoted to MRT as measures of success in creating fast, flexible product development practices to increase productivity. Maximizing each metric is not always ideal – look for the optimal value by business, company, and project.

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