Flexible Product Development: Building Agility for Changing Markets

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 10, 2007 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
In this landmark book, Preston Smith attributes the recent declinein innovation to pressure from financial markets that drivesmanagement toward rigid development approaches such as phaseddevelopment processes, Six Sigma, and project office. Theseprocesses have unintentionally (but effectively) made changesduring development more difficult, disruptive, and expensive, whilethe need for change continues at an accelerating pace.

Flexible Product Development is a hands-on resource thatprovides the tools and strategies needed to restore flexibility toany organization and remove the obstacles that stand in the way ofresponsive new product development. Preston Smith introducesapproaches that can enhance development process flexibility bycreating and maintaining development options, delaying decisions,and, in general, reducing the cost of change. Step-by-step, heexplains the basics of flexible product development, provides abroad array of flexibility-enhancing tools, and guides the readerin modifying the organization?s values to embrace this new way ofoperating.

 

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Contents

Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 1 UNDERSTANDING FLEXIBILITY
1
Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 2 CUSTOMERS AND PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS
31
Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 3 MODULAR PRODUCT ARCHITECTURES
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 4 EXPERIMENTATION
85
Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 5 SETBASED DESIGN
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 6 DEVELOPMENT TEAMS AND PEOPLE FACTORS
125
Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 7 DECISION MAKING
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 8 PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 9 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Chapter 10 IMPLEMENTING FLEXIBILITY
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Notes
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Bibliography
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Customer Council
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Building Agility for Changing Markets The Author
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Building Agility for Changing Markets Index
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PRESTON SMITH is a leading thinker in the product development community and consults with companies as diverse as Herman Miller and Welch Allyn. His book, Proactive Risk Management, won the David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award from the Project Management Institute. Smith is book review editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management and is a Certified Management Consultant.

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