Based on the Masters of Product Development curriculum offered by RIT. http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/mpd/ Sep 9
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November 12, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Management Ethics On the Importance of Values on Project Management By Ed Hoffman , National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” —Charlie Parker In the early 1980s, I was involved in conducting a study to determine the effectiveness of a new initiative promoting a more participative organization, interviewing employees and managers. One young woman assured me that leadership had no interest in a more participative environment.
New products and services are the lifeblood of today's high technology firms, and companies need more technically grounded leaders to drive the engine for business growth. The Rochester Institute of Technology's Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) program is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary leadership program designed for engineering and technical professionals. By integrating engineering and management elements, the MPD program strives to develop a new kind of leader with a holistic perspective and knowledge base of the total life-cycle product development system. The program establishes the foundation for the integrated systems approach needed to conceive, create, launch, and support products, and it considers how a company's business strategy, vision, and capabilities coupled with the voice of the customer determine product strategy and create best-in-class product portfolios.
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The elements that make up a truly innovative company are many: a focused innovation strategy, a winning overall business strategy, deep customer insight, great talent, and the right set of capabilities to achieve successful execution. More important than any of the individual elements, however, is the role played by corporate culture — the organization’s self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, and believing — in tying them all together. Yet according to the results of this year’s Global Innovation 1000 study, only about half of all companies say their corporate culture robustly supports their innovation strategy. Moreover, about the same proportion say their innovation strategy is inadequately aligned with their overall corporate strategy.
Those who know me have accused me over the years of being an "Apple fan-boy". Although I would argue that I am really more of a technology geek and early adopter, it's hard to argue with the fan-boy moniker given that our home has been wall-to-wall Apple for well over a decade ‒‒ until now. Let us walk through the interesting chain of events (that I never saw coming). My oldest daughter is in 5th grade and earlier this year my wife and I relented and allowed her to spend six months of hard-earned savings on an iPod Touch. This is a big moment in the life of any child these days ‒‒ their first "ianything."
Overview The Master of Product Design and Development program is designed for professionals eager to master the concepts and tools of project design and development. Students will learn about managing creativity and design, form and function, project management, customer-focused innovation, research, and financial and organization issues.
We hear all the time about how project managers can't make credible schedules or generate credible cost estimates for IT project or even other types of projects - mega project construction for example . I'd have to say Flyvbjerg is a bit over the top calling estimaters fools and lairs, but he does have a point about the in-credibility of cost and schedule estimates. We about how building such estimates is a waste of time and we should switch to doing everything in an agile manner and let the requirements emerge over time while spending the clients money to discover them. This is an exaggeration I know and it literally doesn't work that way even for agile processes.
This blog and much of the rest of my life were swamped last week by the intense reactions to the story about how badly United Airlines treated Phoebe and her parents when she traveled as an unaccompanied minor. You can read the blog post with the original story (and the 90 comments that were not too hostile to print) and the family's statement if you missed it. Also, Diego at Metacool did an insightful post about why the story went so viral.