Product Development Solutions
Now more than ever, organizations need to empower their staff to discover innovative ways to improve product development efficiency, limit costs, reduce waste and improve workflow, and enhance speed-to-market. The solutions to your most pressing challenges are within your walls, just waiting to be unleashed by the people who are involved every day, your employees. The NPDTrak Total Solutions Program is a managed service to help you create and manage a system-wide effort that engages your employees to embrace stage/phase gate management by instilling best practice processes and tools. For product development to be successful, the appropriate environment and processes need to be developed and cultivated into your organization. To accomplish this, MindMatters’ professionals work with management and staff to implement a comprehensive product pipeline and product implementation program that solves your new product development challenges and delivers profitable results to your organization.
Our most significant advantage is the years of expertise and best practices that we bring to each client’s product development program. You’ll work with a MindMatters’ Team that specializes in the implementation of New Product Development programs and the NPDTrak solutions.
Our goal is to dramatically improve the results of your organization’s current and past new product development practices and implementation capabilities. Our project management solution enhances and automates your existing Stage, Phase or other gated processes, in addition to providing management the transparency, visibility and feedback into the entire process.
The NPDTrak Total Solutions Program delivers the expertise and tools to:
- Engage employees to uncover and add to your product pipeline
- Encourage collaboration to share ideas, solutions, and results across departments and locations.
- Prioritize, and pursue the best solutions, product concepts and initiatives.
- Seamlessly transform approved solutions into actionable projects with the appropriate tools, methodologies, and processes to implement them.
- Assign project accountability and allow all team members to collaborate and view the progress of the initiative on their own time and schedule.
- Automate and share your NPD management processes and results across your organization.
- Monitor, measure and report the progress and impact of your new product development efforts.
- Improve time to market and the return on investment of your new product introductions.
The NPDTrak Total Solutions Program consists of three distinct phases:
The NPDTrak Total Solutions Program starts with our Innovation and New Product Development Process Assessment. The purpose of the Assessment is two-fold. First, to identify a comprehensive set of recommendations for building your organization’s pipeline, and second, to identify your most pressing new product development process challenges that need to be solved and implemented.
During the Assessment, the MindMatters’ Team examines the characteristics of your organization, your goals and objectives, your employee demographics and culture, as well as, current and previous innovation and product development process and implementation programs to arrive at a plan for improving innovation and designing and implementing an efficient and profitable new product development process.
We use the feedback and information we discover in our assessment, combined with over a decade of experience in developing innovation and product development processes for some of the largest most innovative organizations in the world to provide management with a comprehensive set of recommendations.
At the end of your Assessment, we provide management with the results. A comprehensive set of recommendations for building and improving your organization’s innovation/product pipeline and an outline for an efficient and profitable product development process and implementation program.
This phase of the NPDTrak Total Solutions Program is our StageTrak Implementation Process. Your approved products must be implemented in order for you to achieve your goals. Some products are simple to implement, others require multiple stages, tasks and the collaboration of many people.
The StageTrak Implementation Process is designed to bring, automation, collaboration, visibility, and accountability into your product development implementation process. Regardless of the level of complexity in your product development process, our web-based StageTrak product development process and portfolio management system is designed to automate those processes, while allowing all involved to collaborate and accomplish their tasks with greater efficiency, accountability and management visibility.
StageTrak consolidates all of your new product development projects into one web-based platform, providing management a bird’s eye view into the progress and value of your entire portfolio. It’s not just a reporting tool, it is a very powerful yet easy to use project management platform that automates your implementation process down to the individual task level, allowing all involved in the project to collaborate and view the progress of the entire project.
The MindMatters Implementation Team works with your organization to integrate your existing spreadsheets, forms, templates and processes into StageTrak. For those organizations starting from scratch or that require our assistance and expertise in the design of their NPD process, we work with them, utilizing our product development process templates and modifying then for their specific business and industry.
The last phase of the NPDTrak Total Solutions Program is our Step by Step Innovation Process. The MindMatters Team of experts will organize and manage all critical aspects of your innovation pipeline– from gaining executive support, establishing priorities, setting goals for success, and executing new programs to discover the solutions to your most pressing product/pipeline issues.
We work with management and your innovation, product and marketing teams reviewing the Innovation results of the Assessment Phase to analyze and select the best product-building opportunities to pursue.
We use our proven methodologies and tools and to engage your staff in the innovation process, and challenge them to uncover the solutions to your new product development challenges.
We employ our time-tested processes and applications to help analyze and review the submitted ideas and concepts. We then help you select the best innovations/products to pursue based on return-on-investment and organizational strategy.
We deploy our two decades of innovation and product development expertise, best practices, and our proven web-based innovation and product development tool set to successfully move your organization through each phase to help you achieve your desired results and improve the speed-to-market, ROI and profitability of your product development efforts.
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