Heresy on Stage Gates

Crossderry Blog

Per my comment, &# gates&# (we call them Q-Gates) are pointless if they aren’t closely tied to the status, progress, and forecast of the deliverables in question. Back in the day, too many “gates&# didn’t vary enough during the project lifecycle…too many “gates&# were simply an occasion to run through a generic checklist. It will make you look twice at whether your stage or Q-gates are there only for show.

More on stage gates and project reviews

Crossderry Blog

Per an earlier post ( here ), it is important to ask how to ensure that stage gates — and project reviews for that matter — are relevant to the project at hand. Make sure that the stage gates match the project phase. It is amazing how many gate reviews are conducted with a single set of questions. The questions in a gate review must match the expected deliverables for that gate.

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Unrealistic Expectations of Innovation & Entrepreneurs

Mills Scofield

Venture Capital Strategy Startups Start-up Stage-gate Prototype Innovation Glengary Funding Experiment Entrepreneur Business PlanningHumans are one of the few mammals whose babies are not fully developed at birth. Unlike horses, whales, etc., human babies can’t stand, walk, or forage on their own at birth. They are totally dependent upon adult humans for constant, continual support just to live. We are used to this, we accept it, we don’t expect anything different.

Organizational Transformation Requires Leadership at all Levels

Great Leadership By Dan

Leadership in actively and effectively engaging with key stakeholders and sustaining their buy-in ensures the expected business outcomes are realized at each phase or stage gate of the organizational transformation. Guest post from Satish P.

6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas

CO2

Build a stage-gate process for ideas to be introduced and developed. Regulating the Idea Machine (Entrepreneur). Entrepreneurs are Idea Machines. They produce a terrific volume of ideas–some that are pure gold, some that aren’t.

Exploit IT for Strategic Benefit

Harvard Business Review

One financial services company we know reviews the viability of the business case at every major stage gate. IT leaders have long embraced the idea that the role of the IT unit, and of enterprise IT systems, is to enable business.

Can’t Find a Steve Jobs? Hire an Innovation Organizer Instead

Harvard Business Review

As an example consider stage-gates, decision points at which time new products are reviewed before moving forward in the development process. Improving innovation is one of the key competencies that companies often look for when replacing a CEO. Yet committees responsible for recommending candidates often grapple with finding the right person for the job when an innovation emperor like Steve Jobs isn’t available.

Taming Your Company's Most Elusive Beast

Harvard Business Review

R&D investments have been made, stage/gate processes have been built, creativity training courses have been run, and yet the outputs — exciting new products and services — don't seem to be falling into place. Consider, for example, the UK software company, Red Gate.

PM Quote of the Day — Benjamin Franklin

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PM Quote of the Day — Albert Einstein

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PM Quote of the Day — Benjamin Franklin

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PM Quote of the Day — George Canning

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Obama Won With Minorities. Marketers Should Too

Harvard Business Review

Be sure that your innovation process stage gate isn't a taste test amongst folks with merely a mainstream palate, but ones that reflect the appropriate variety in the market. With Florida's results now counted, the finally election tallies are nearly complete: According to the current estimate, President Obama beat Mitt Romney with a 3% margin in the popular vote and a 21% margin in the Electoral College. This electoral-to-popular vote ratio was the 4th highest since 1900.

A Disciplined Approach to Evaluating Ideas

Harvard Business Review

The general way around this problem seems simple enough — have a process by which you evaluate ideas in different ways at different stages of development (most call this a "stage-gate process."). "Make sure you ask the right questions at the right time." That's one memorable piece of advice from a leader at a global innovation powerhouse. Unfortunately, it is a piece of advice that is heeded too infrequently inside large companies.

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

Harvard Business Review

Executives realized that to do this, they would need to reallocate some of the company’s innovation resources from late-stage product enhancements to early-stage product breakthroughs. Can you think of any business topic that’s been hotter for longer than innovation?

From idea to strategy

Lead on Purpose

In Bartz’s case, there is a queue of TPSE to work through before they stage gate the emerging ideas against strategy alignment.

Innovation's Nine Critical Success Factors

Harvard Business Review

Incremental innovation can be pushed down into the organization where the strategy is clear, decision metrics are understood, and management models like Stage-Gate create a level playing field. So Stage-Gate models can unintentionally kill potentially big ideas. Note: This post was written with Mark Sebell and Jay Terwilliger, managing partners at Creative Realities, Inc., a Boston-based innovation management collaborative.

Match Your Innovation Process to the Results You Want

Harvard Business Review

It tends to be short-term, uses familiar (traditional) metrics and development systems like Stage Gate. Almost every company has a Stage Gate process because they work well for incremental innovation. We are often asked whether the best way to structure for innovation is top-down or bottom-up. The answer is both, but it depends. Bottom-up approaches work well for incremental (keeps you in the game) innovations.

Ready for Growth, But Not Prepared

Harvard Business Review

The companies did reasonably well on making decisions using a formal process and managing projects using a disciplined approach (such as the stage/gate methodology). Last year, I worked with Accenture on a study of its largest clients to learn what the leaders of these mega-corporations had on their minds amidst all of the uncertainty they face. The headline: After years of taking a back seat to survival skills, growth is back on the agenda in a big way.