Flexible Product Development Building Agility for Changing Markets

ISBN-10: 0787995843

ISBN-13: 9780787995843

Edition: 2007

Authors: Preston G. Smith
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Description: In this landmark book, Preston Smith attributes the recent decline in innovation to pressure from financial markets that drives management toward rigid development approaches such as phased development processes, Six Sigma, and project office. These processes have unintentionally (but effectively) made changes during development more difficult, disruptive, and expensive, while the need for change continues at an accelerating pace. "Flexible Product Development" is a hands-on resource that provides the tools and strategies needed to restore flexibility to any organization and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of responsive new product development. Preston Smith introduces approaches that can enhance development process flexibility by creating and maintaining development options, delaying decisions, and, in general, reducing the cost of change. Step-by-step, he explains the basics of flexible product development, provides a broad array of flexibility-enhancing tools, and guides the reader in modifying the organizations values to embrace this new way of operating.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Understanding Flexibility
Dealing with Change
How Much Flexibility?
The Roots: Agile Software Development
Moving from Software to Other Products
A Note of Caution
The Project Analyzer
Summary
Customers and Product Requirements
The Fallacy of Frozen Requirements
The Value of Customer Feedback
Specify at a Higher Level
Anticipate Customer Needs
Pitfalls of Customer Feedback
Summary
Modular Product Architectures
Modular versus Integral Architectures
Examples of Architectural Choices
Architectural Approaches
Four Steps in Designing an Architecture
Architectural Decisions
Architecture at the Design Level
Shifting the Hardware-Software Boundary
Summary
Experimentation
Kinds of Experiments
The Value of Failure
Exploration as Experimentation
Front-Loaded Prototyping
Testing
Summary
Set-Based Design
What Is Set-Based Design?
Benefits of Set-Based Design
Managing Set-Based Design
Delaying Decisions
The Difficulties
Summary
Development Teams and People Factors
Teams and Flexibility
Having the Right People
Desirable People Qualities
Team Qualities
Summary
Decision Making
Improving Decision-Making Flexibility
People and Decisions
Uncertainty and Decisions
Decision Trees
Real Options Thinking
Summary
Project Management
Flexible versus Mainstream Project Management
The Role of a Flexible Project Manager
Project Planning
Timeboxing
Project Risk Management
Project Metrics
Project Retrospectives
Summary
Product Development Processes
Emergent Processes
The Essentials of Flexible Processes
Balancing Structure with Flexibility
Bottlenecks and Queues
Useful Concepts from Agile Software Development
Summary
Implementing Flexibility
Five Paradoxes
Transitions Are the Crux
Top-Down Change
Bottom-Up Change
Summary
Closing
Notes
Bibliography
Customer Council
The Author
Index
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