7 Steps to a Customer-Driven Product Strategy

The process of coming up with a multi-year product strategy often frustrates action-minded product executives.   On one hand, this work is necessary to set long term goals and plot a path to success.  On the other hand, product planning sessions often consume a great deal of time and energy.  Worse, … Read More

Business Strategy Meets the Lean Startup: Staying Aligned with Customers in Strategic Planning

A version of this post first appeared on Techbeacon.com. What is business strategy? Michael Porter presented a succinct definition in his seminal 1996 article in the Harvard Business Review: “The essence of strategy is choosing to perform activities differently than rivals do.” Strategy is how a company wins against the … Read More

Building Obama’s lean startup in America’s biggest bureaucracy

This post originally appeared on Techbeacon.com. What do you do when tasked with making the US government work like a lean startup? “Just start,” advises Hillary Hartley. Or, as we say in startup country: “JFDI.” Hartley is the cofounder and deputy executive director of 18F, a government organization that causes … Read More

Starting up innovation: How your company can empower intrapreneurs

This post first appeared on techbeacon.com. When you think of Michelin, you probably think of tires. In particular, the tires you’re about to replace on your car. The 126-year-old French company evokes images of reliable, durable rubber tires for all kinds of vehicles. “Pushing the envelope” or “cutting-edge innovation” probably … Read More

How a Technology-Push Process Led to the Reboot of Google Glass

This article originally appeared on Wired.com. Getty Images Google Glass exploded into the tech scene in 2012 with the pomp and circumstance of an Apple product unveiling. It put “wearable technology” into the lexicon of the masses. Accolades poured in from both the technology world and the fashion world. Celebrities, … Read More

Creating strategies that work – the P&G way

When we start working on a new initiative (whether in a startup or corporate setting), the possibilities are often endless.  Too often we don’t spend enough time choosing the right problem to solve.  We proceed to solve it with a beautiful solution – but the problem itself turns out to … Read More

Announcing “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market” (new book)

In early 2014, I wrote a blog post about the hardware product development process. I was working with new hardware startup teams, many from MIT. It became clear that they all faced a two-fold challenge. First, this was their first time around, and they had no frame of reference for … Read More

How KinderLab Robotics built the first 1000 KIBO’s

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Final Assembly

This is the third article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

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