What product developers can learn from major league pitchers
Fall is a glorious time for baseball fans, with the regular season wrapping up in September and a month of post-season play in October.
But every season is high-stakes season for product developers, who need to deliver consistently or risk disappointing customers and falling behind competitors. We offer some lessons that the product development world can take from baseball.
Three Ways to Change Your Conversation Around Innovation
Will your company be transformed right out of business, or will you bust out of the constraints of today and allow your team to envision the crazy ideas that will become the “of course” products of the future?
The future of innovation belongs to those who can dream in their customers’ worlds
You can check all the usual boxes—great execution, solid management, well-integrated teams, stellar new product development processes. Yet if you can’t see what’s coming in three, five, or ten years, you not only risk losing market share but also suffering the complete disintegration of your company, your industry, and your business model.
Understanding the zeitgeist of product development (and the electorate)
bySheila Mello and Wayne Mackey
Conducting a survey before understanding the requirements—and without an image of what it is like to be the voter—gets the flawed results we saw in this year’s polls. Diving deeply into the populace enables far more accurate predictions.
Five essentials to have in place before you launch a co-creation effort
Like most companies, you’ve probably put customers at the center of your design and development efforts with initiatives such as customer-centric product definition, a focus on customer value, and a well-honed voice-of-the-customer program. But have you thought about taking customer-centricity to its next stage: co-creation, or direct customer involvement in the product design process?