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Good Questions at Northwestern Event on Exploratory PD

Last month we had a lively 2-hour discussion on Exploratory PD® (ExPD) at Northwestern University.  We had good representation from students, practitioners and academics from the engineering, design and business disciplines.   There were a number of excellent questions on how people are reacting to ExPD.  Before I proceed, let me provide you with a quick…
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Exploratory PD: An Adaptive Approach to Product Development

Product developers are under tremendous pressure these days. Executives in product development are asked to bring new products to market faster while being smarter about choosing which projects to pursue. To top it off, their R&D budgets and the size of their product development staffs are decreasing. With reduced resources, businesses are finding it harder…
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One World, Different Perspectives of Product Development

In our work developing Exploratory PD®, we identified various professional communities participating in product development, each bringing the language, training, experiences, and tool kits of their profession. In this article, we provide a quick survey of the different communities and their distinguishing characteristics. There is surprisingly little overlap in communities from our vantage point and…
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Act Like A Chef When Developing Products

The goal of product development is to create a “recipe” for producing a product[i], a final result that is sold to customers. The recipe for a tangible product would specify the ingredients, the materials and components to be used. The steps of the recipe use specific amounts of ingredients with specific methods requiring certain labor,…
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