The Principles of Product Development Flow
I had the pleasure of meeting Donald Reinertsen (author of The Principles of Product Development Flow) whilst at the Construx Executive Summit. It was therefore only right that I read his latest book.
- Page 4 – Twelve critical problems with the current product development orthodoxy
- Page 5 – Design-in-process (DIP) – this is so true even today.
- Page 31 – Quantify Cost of Delay – Very few projects do this in my view.
- Page 33 – Watch the work product, not the worker – How many times do you here management want to know who the weakest engineer is, and can they be replaced! Clearly watching the wrong thing.
- Page 51 – To influence financial decisions, speak the language of money
- Page 56 – Queues are the root cause of the majority of economic waste in product development
- Page 80 – Great list of the usual suspects that causes queueing issues in product development.
- Page 96 – Forecasting becomes exponentially easier at short time-horizons – any project manager who has run a multi year project so know this in my view.
- Page 120 – Validation of daily test cycles due to small batches.
- Page 130 – Good infrastructure enables small batches
- Page 155 – Develop people who a deep in one area and broad in many – couldn’t agree more.
- Page 230 – Colocation improves almost all aspects of communication
- Page 253 – Establish clear roles and boundaries – seen this fail on many projects 😦
Great book. All project managers and executives should read it