Posted on December 06, 2007 by Kathryn Regina.
According to the book Blockbusters, it’s a company’s innovative product—not it’s price point, customer service or depreciation schedule—that creates value for customers. To discover the key practices required for developing “blockbuster” products, authors Gary S. Lynn, Ph.D. and Richard R. Reilly, Ph.D., conducted a two year study of “blockbuster” product development teams. Here’s what we thought of their findings:
Out of the five “best practices” for new product development, I thought the most interesting one was that successful teams always have senior management that is “intimately involved” with the project. This seems to run contrary to most management situations. It also raises the question as to how these managers have time to be both teammates and management. Nevertheless, the authors insist that “coming up with the ‘big idea’ is only the beginning,” and that when management merely pops in once in a while to check in on things it’s not only unhelpful, it often results in “hit and run” accidents. The authors observed that in successful teams, senior management played one of three roles: project leader, technical guru or coach.
The authors’ observation that successful teams were “not especially concerned about building friendships or even insisting that everyone like each other,” adds a harsh robotic-like element to what is otherwise a set of reasonable best practices. However, upon closer examination it seems like what the authors really observed from the successful teams was that friendships aren’t all that’s needed for a strong team, and that strong teams can exist even if not everyone gets along. That’s a lot different than saying that in order to be successful you have to be unconcerned about building friendships. Because that just sounds creepy, to be honest.
Keep it open. Keep it clear. Keep it consistent. That seems to be the lesson from the book summary, “Blockbusters,” which identifies the five necessary steps to lead a product development team. When I say keep it open, I mean lines of communication, ideas and focus must be open to all possibilities. It never serves people well to be forced down one unwavering path. It is important to be clear about what your product is, what the competition provides, who your audience is and who your competitors are. A clear idea of this allows the unique and alluring elements of your product strategy to flourish. Lastly, maintaining consistent communication and problem-solving techniques between developers, managers and decision makers discourages the occurrence of mistakes, unfavorable relationships and unwanted surprises.
By reading specific accounts of real-life company sagas, it becomes clear that Lynn and Reilly's "5 keys to developing great new products" are vital steps to becoming successful. The summary highlights Iomega's trip to success and teaches the reader that all 5 rules (Commitment of Senior Management, Clear and Stable Vision, Improvisation, Information Exchange, and Collaboration Under Pressure) are not simply step-by-step suggestions. Rather, all 5 must be used tgether from start to finish in a balanced collaberation between all departments of the company.p>tags: award winning design | award winning magazine | award winning newsletter | award winning publications blog publish |blogs |build credibility |business credibility |business editorial |business magazine |business marketing |business newsletter |business publications |business relationships |company magazine |company newsletter |company publication |corporate magazine |corporate newsletter |corporate publications
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The BI Marriage: Accuracy with Strategy
Posted on October 17, 2007 by Kevin G.
I was reading a great article today about setting up a solid BI system for mid-to-large sized companies.
Garry Garis, author of the article notes, “You do not get a second chance to be wrong and these companies know that their credibility is vital to sustaining customer relationships and ultimately, profitability.”The foundations of a BI system must be solid if anything is able to be built upon it. The accuracy of information is key.
Being able to effectively leverage information to make better business decisions is a powerful strategy if done correctly. Knowing where you get your information, how it is processed and to who it should go to is only half of the battle. Garis offers some key points on how to ensure you have a solid strategy with your accurate information.
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The Five Elements for Solid Decision Making
Posted on September 27, 2007 by Kevin G.
I came across a great blog article that reviewed a study of 154 C-Level executives and their perceptions of how they make decisions. The outlook is mixed at best. Many managers and executives feel weary about their decisions from lack-of or inaccurate data. Others tend to decide on personal intuition, while some panic from the pressure of deadlines.
Though the results are sobering - "72% of execs believe management decision making is only moderately efficient or worse" - the post provides five key elements to make better decisions.
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Read on to get the reasoning behind what makes a good decision.
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Not my beloved hyphens!
Posted on September 21, 2007 by Sarah Eaton.
In our world of word-squishing (thank you, the Internet), hyphens are gradually dropping off. The Oxford English Dictionary axed 16,000 hyphens in its latest edition. Some were rather antiquated (like cry-baby vs. crybaby); some I can't imagine ever using (logjam); some even I didn't realize had hyphens in them (lowlife).
You can read all about it here.
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Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
Posted on September 14, 2007 by Kevin G.
I just read a great blog article about a type of analysis that is making a storm here at BeTuitive. Mix extensive data mining, complex mathematics, and an intuitive approach and you have the field of Business Intelligence.
Business Intelligence discovers insightful trends in data to help direct business initiatives and better understand segments. The next step in Business Intelligence is utilizing predictive analytics to develop business practices that "read the minds" of customers or clients.
James Taylor writes, "If BI tells you what’s happened, predictive analytics tells you what to do." Click here to get the whole story.
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Lego: Building Online Marketing
Posted on September 12, 2007 by Kevin G.
Lego, one of the toy companies that doesn’t have to worry about lead paint, has begun a new e-mail campaign with ESP (email service provider) Responsys. The B2C campaign is geared towards generating transactions and keeping buyers updated on new products.
The emails are segmented by geography and purchasing power. Lego has recently been bulking up its internet presence with expansion in the U.K.
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Keep Blogging with These Seven Steps
Posted on August 13, 2007 by Kevin G.
Sometimes we all feel like blogging, but we hit a road block. Sometimes we want to write about a subject but we have a tough time solidifying a position. Other times, we write a great blog and then are stumped as to what could be written next round.
I found some great tips on how to develop, manage and communicate your blogging topics. In addition, Advice is also given on how to create and track your objectives. Enjoy.
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6 blogging blunders
Posted on August 08, 2007 by Kathryn Regina.
If you're a regular blogger you should check out this article on common blogging mistakes. Among the top mistakes are not providing enough links, writing huge blocks of text and disabling comments.
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Six Productivity Tips
Posted on August 02, 2007 by Kathryn Regina.
I love that Brazen Careerist. Really, I just love her title. But I think her article on productivity offers some helpful insights as well. If you want to get more done in less time--and who doesn't?--you should check it out. My favorite tip is "focus on outcome."tags: blogs | company blog | create a newsletter | corporate blogging corporate newsletter |custom publishing |customer magazine |E-Marketing |electronic magazine |email service |email tracking |ezine tracking |grow relationships |magazine design |magazine outsourcing |newsletter |newsletter design |newsletter printing |nurturing relationships |publish online
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HTML Vs. Text
Posted on July 25, 2007 by Kevin G.
I was reading an article on practices that are working in B2B marketing. Written by Robert Bly, the article supports the notion that even though marketing gurus promote authentic and effective practices, the large majority of them are inconsistent.
It is a challenge to pinpoint what exactly makes a marketing campaign succeed or fail, even when it comes to custom publishing. One point, however, I refused to accept: B2B email marketing is a strategy best served in plain text format over HTML. What?!
Alright, I understand how spammers utilize HTML in various ways to trick filters, personal message are often sent in text format and HTML messages can seem insincere if sent to a bulky list. But to say that text email messages for B2B purposes works better than HTML is a bit shortsighted.
HTML has the capacity to present multiple sources of information in a customized way. If designed well, HTML messages can help promote a company brand while delivering a unique experience for the subscriber. Not to mention that HTML is more expansive in its capacity for tracking and measurement than plain text.
If you think text email messages will set you apart from the rest of the B2B traffic – you’re right. You'll leave your subscribers wondering why you seem to think bland is better.
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