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The Founder’s Trap Has Never Been More Dangerous

Posted: December 2, 2020

Management consultant Ichak Adizes first became famous in leadership circles more than twenty-five years ago for his Corporate Lifecycles Model (CLM). This model looks at businesses through a lens that maps stages of growth and decline. It outlines both opportunities and challenges that characterize and accompany each stage.

Why Less Is More in New Product Design

Posted: November 24, 2020

Product designers — and, let's face it — all of us often make the mistake of thinking that the more features something has, the better it must be. Whether we're shopping for a new lawnmower, sound system, vehicle, or even a backyard playset for our kids, we tend to think the more options it has, the more it will deliver.

As Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." But achieving this kind of simplicity in product development requires two critical competencies.

Three Safeguards for Protecting Your Project from the Dangers of High Resource Utilization

Posted: November 11, 2020

At Pivot International, in our collaborative work with clients worldwide, we’ve found that most companies aim to fully utilize their product-development resources. Industry surveys show the average product-development manager attempts to maintain resource utilization above 98%. The logic goes, projects take longer when teams aren’t working 100% of the time, and an organization running on as close to 100% capacity as possible will be faster and more efficient than one that is allocating less of its resources.

Why Getting It Right the First Time May Not Be in the Best Interest of Your Product Development

Posted: November 4, 2020

Everyone wants to get it right the first time, and product developers are no different. While careful planning needs to go into any product development endeavor, product development — especially when the product is intended to be genuinely innovative — is a predictably unpredictable affair.

Four Areas You Need to Assess When Vetting a New Supplier

Posted: October 28, 2020

Finding a proven supply partner in even the best of times can be daunting. But in the current climate, it can feel for many companies like a game of musical chairs. The good news is that there are more “chairs” than might first be apparent, provided you know what to look for. We've prepared a list of four areas you’ll need to assess to help your company find an experienced, cost-effective supplier who can ensure you’re not the one left standing.