GGI RapidNews R&D Product Development eZine: Volume
2, Issue 1 - February 9, 2001
GGI RapidNews is published monthly
Jesús Muñiz, a 4th year MIT student in Management
Information Technologies, is GGI's Web Master. Jesús
comes to Cambridge by way of Eagle Pass, Texas. Mr. Muñiz
previously worked for Honeywell's Sensor Guided Products Division
in Minneapolis where he help to develop a web-based reporting
tool for software development metrics. He also upgraded Honeywell's
web site to enable real time product testing for Honeywell's
laser-ring gyroscope operations. Jesús and his wife
Erica are expecting their first child.
GGI's 2000 R&D Metrics Survey has been completed and is
about to be published. The 2000 Survey focused on Product
Portfolio Management and Metrics. Several key findings are
presented below. We will provide additional survey findings
in future issues of RapidNews.
R&D Metrics Survey Findings:
- 32% of survey
respondents do not track product life cycles!
- 60% of companies
tracking product life cycles report exclusively decreasing
- Only 19% of
survey respondents have an active product retirement/obsolescence
The original survey
questionnaire may be found at http://www.goldensegroupinc.com/Metrics.pdf.
GGI's next R&D Survey will be conducted in 2002. If you
would like to participate, please send me an e-mail.
As a part of GGI's Gateways To Knowledge ® (GTK), a product
development vortal, we are expanding our Mega Calendar to
include Distance Learning: http://www.goldensegroupinc.com/gateway/calendar3.shtml
calendar of industry conferences and seminars is already offered
in eight professional interest areas at the above URL. The
eight categories are:
- Strategic Management,
- Software Development
- Project Management,
- Knowledge Management
Check on offerings
in your interest area, and click on the relevant links to
connect with the conference or seminar provider. The Distance
Learning Gateways are located near the bottom of the Mega
GGI is also continuing
to develop the Technology Providers Gateway with additional
suppliers and service providers. Currently, about 15,000 suppliers
and service providers are listed. Further Gateway development
is planned in categories such as Electrical/Electronic Design
and Software Engineering. Go to http://www.goldensegroupinc.com/gateway/techproviders.shtml
to find these Technology Providers.
Robb Olsen, Procter & Gamble R&D, gave an interesting
presentation at the recent IQPC Web-Enabled R&D Conference
in Orlando. He discussed the features of P&G's Intranet
R&D web site entitled InnovationNet. P&G is an industry
leader in utilizing web technology to increase R&D productivity:
- The target
P&G user community is 18,000 R&D staff.
- About 25,000
P&G staff actually access the site.
- 87% of all
P&G R&D staff have accessed the site at least once.
- 67% of R&D
staff use the site at least once per week or more.
- 1 million pages
of the more than 5.5 million on-line documents are accessed
- About half
of P&G's users read the on-line content and half use
it to find out "who knows."
- There are 20
chartered communities in R&D functional disciplines
like test, design, etc.
- There are 500
content owners and 600 team spaces for P&G project communications.
- There are 3
R&D Intranet security levels.
In an internal
survey conducted by P&G, the company realized the following
benefits from Web-Enabled R&D:
- 75% reported
that the R&D Intranet made them an average 13% more
- More than
50% reported it reduced product time-to-market by an average
of at least two weeks.
- P&G has
to date realized project savings of $160 million.
Brad Goldense will Co-Chair the International Quality &
Productivity Center's (IQPC) Collaborative Product Design
and Development Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on February
26-27, 2001. Brad will also offer a half-day post-conference
workshop on Measuring Product Development.
focus is on using the Internet to streamline Product Design,
increase Speed-To-Market and control R&D Costs. Case study
presentations will be offered by General Motors, Dell, Lockheed
Martin and 3M, among others. Go to IQPC's web site to see
details of this increasingly important topic, or to register
for the conference and workshops: http://www.iqpc.com
RapidNews is an e-mail publication from Goldense Group, Inc
(GGI). Its subject matter includes survey findings, company
news, book reviews, key industry conferences and R&D information
of interest to clients and associates. Please send communications to rn(at)goldensegroupinc.com.