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Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Toolsby Preston G. Smith
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Developing Products in Half the Time Second Edition New Rules, New Tools Preston G. Smith * Donald G. Reinertsen In this era of global competition and accelerating product life cycles, the need to get new products to market faster is more compelling than ever. What was once considered fast development is now commonplace. In 1991, the original edition of this book became an instant hit as the leading guide to reducing product development cycle time. The expanded set of tools in this new edition meets the needs of today's more demanding times. The book's premise remains solid: time is worth money, and if you quantify this value you can buy time wisely, often to enormous advantage. Rather than pursuing development speed at any price, the authors emphasize subjecting time-to-market decisions to the same hard-nosed business logic used for other management decisions. Developing Products is unique in providing tools for trading off schedule against other business objectives. It integrates powerful methods to manage risk and use resources effectively with proven techniques to accelerate product development. Smith and Reinertsen discuss hundreds of practical tools for reducing cycle time, describing each one's application and limitations. Countless examples including Black & Decker, Hewlett-Packard, Honda, Motorola, and others illustrate how real companies use the tools. With six more years of implementation experience and responses from readers of the original 60,000 copies, the authors have sharpened the original tools and added new ones. New topics include:
* Advanced tools for calculating the cost of delay
* A process for shortening the Fuzzy Front End
* Alternatives to co-locating a team
* How to effectively involve customers in developing product specifications
* The role of advanced technology tools in r apid development
* Metrics for projects and processes
* New methods for managing risk
* How to continuously learn from your development projects
The strategies in Developing Products in Half the Time apply to all companies and industries including software and electronics, medical devices, machinery and vehicles, and consumer goods. The authors show how leading companies no longer depend on only a few isolated tools but now integrate a broad array of methods to gain synergy and greater competitive advantage. This is the guide you will need in the trenches if time to market is important to you-or if you are wondering if it should be. It will be equally valuable to new readers and to those who must move beyond the original edition.
In this era of global competition and accelerating product life cycles, the need to get new products to market faster can be compelling. This text integrates powerful methods to manage risk and use resources effectively with proven techniques to accelerate product development.
Advance praise for Developing Products in Half the Time Second Edition New Rules, New Tools Preston G. Smith * Donald G. Reinertsen "This is an exceptional book! Get a new highlighter before you start. There are so many 'ah ha's' in each chapter you will never make it through with an old one." Don LaCombe, Ford Motor Company, Product Development Process Leadership "An excellent book with a strong treatment of the cycle-time consequences of overloading your development capacity. It provides powerful and practical concepts for dealing with this issue." Andrew Aquart, Director Product Development, Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company "This is practical, useful stuff for people competing in highly competitive fast moving business." Dr. Paul Borrill, Chief Scientist, Sun Microsystems "3M has absorbed many of the tools from the original edition, and this new one will be even more useful. The topic of incremental innovation is crucial to us, and I really appreciate its balanced treatment." Ronald H. Kubinski, Manager New Product Commercialization Services, 3M Company "As the authors correctly point out, the Fuzzy Front End is the least expensive place to reduce cycle time. This book is one of the only sources of concepts, methods, and metrics for compressing this critical portion of the development process." David M. Lewis, Product Manager, Eastman Kodak Co. "Using these tools we've more than cut our time to market in half. The new edition of this classic crystallizes the synergy of the fast-to-market techniques, and the icons in the margins highlight the opportunities and pitfalls." Mike Brennan , Vice President of Product Development, Black & Decker
About the Author
PRESTON G. SMITH has concentrated on helping companies to accelerate their development since 1984, both as an internal consultant and as an independent consultant. He has 20 years of prior engineering and management experience and holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford. DONALD G. REINERTSEN has become one of the leading international experts on rapid product development since his breakthrough work in the early 1980s at McKinsey & Co. An electrical engineer and Harvard M.B.A., he teaches a popular executive course on product development at Cal Tech and is also author of the book Managing the Design Factory.
Table of Contents
Faster and Still Faster.
Putting a Price Tag on Time.
The Fuzzy Front End.
The Power and Pitfalls of Incremental Innovation.
Capturing Customer Needs.
Using System Design to Compress Schedules.
Forming and Energizing the Team.
Organizing for Communication.
Designing Fast Development Processes.
Controlling the Process.
Managing Risk Proactively.
Bridging the RManufacturing Gap.
The Role of Top Management.
Making Changes Faster.
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