The ABCs of Product Development


A

is for Assembly, could it always be leaner?

B

is for Benchmarking, from grass that looks greener

C

is for Customers, whom we love and we hate

D

is for Deliverables, and delaying due dates

E

is for the Engineers who clean up the mess

F

is for Finance, who make us do more with less

G

is for Gate, be it toll, stage or phase

H

is for Hardware, obsolete in mere days

I

is for Innovate, and idea evolution

J

is for Just-In-Time process solutions

K

is for Kaizen, aka incremental improvement

L

is for the Lean manufacturing movement

M

is for Metrics which gauge productivity

N

is for Non-Value-Added Activities

O

is for Outsourcing, “can’t someone else do it?”

P

is for Process, sure our people stick to it

Q

is for Quality, which never comes free

R

is for Requirements on which no one agrees

S

is for Six Sigma, 3.4 parts per million

T

is for Taguchi‘s design of experiments

U

is for User-Centered Design

V

is for Value that’s tough to define

W

is for Workflow streaming through the lineup

X

is for Xenophiles sourcing parts from China

Y

is for the Y-Axis of a 4×4 matrix

Z

is for Zero, the target for defects

Originally published in The Critical Path email newsletter, June 5, 2003.

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