An Alternative to Herding Cats in New Product Development

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Instead of focusing your project efforts on herding cats or gaming the cat-herding-system, I advocate investing to develop better implicit orientations. This enables the development of a compulsion loop that can become a vital driver to sustain a vibrant new product development environment. A byproduct of this approach is a series of great products that are associated with great user experiences.

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  • 1. An Alternative to Herding Cats in New Product Development Mark A Hart, NPDP 1 1
  • 2. Herding Cats 2 2
  • 3. Development Experiences Herding Cats 3 3
  • 4. The Herding Cats Idiom in New Product Development Coordinate an intractable situation where individuals tend to do very different things Moderate disagreements 4 4
  • 5. Where there are cat herders Explicit coordination Resources are interchangeable Stable development environment Cat herding tools Deadline to deadline Satisfaction at handoffs 5 5
  • 6. OODA Loop Sketch Based on The Essence of Winning and Losing by John Boyd 1995 6 6
  • 7. Orientation Based on The Essence of Winning and Losing by John Boyd 1995 7 7
  • 8. Synthesis Process of connection Generates something new and different Benefits from inputs from a network of individuals with a diverse set of specialties Enables one to imagine how a series of techniques may work together to produce the desired result 8 8
  • 9. Orientation and Schwerpunkt The way an individual approaches development 9 9
  • 10. Orientation is the Schwerpunkt. It shapes the way we interact with the environmenthence orientation shapes the way we observe, the way we decide, the way we act. Boyd, Organic Design for Command and Control 1987, 16 10 10
  • 11. Orientation and Schwerpunkt The way an individual approaches development Impacts observation, decision, and action Focus and direction Actionable guidance Concise version of strategy Harmonizing agent Produces an unequal distribution of effort 11 11
  • 12. Implicit Orientation Closely connected Joined Interwoven Intertwined 12 12
  • 13. Improved Development Experience Cooperation Collaboration Harmony Recursive approach Adjustments made Needs anticipated Interdependencies managed Friction diminished Network efficacy increased 13 13
  • 14. Developing Orientation Arrange setting and circumstances so that leaders and subordinates alike are given opportunity to continuously interact with external world, and with each other, in order to more quickly make manysided implicit cross-referencing projections, empathies, correlations, and rejections as well as create the similar images or impressions, hence a similar implicit orientation, needed to form an organic whole. Boyd, Organic Design for Command and Control 1987, 23 14 14
  • 15. Instead of cats... Knowledge workers Value contributors 15 15
  • 16. Improved Development Experience Implicit orientation Compulsion loop Great products Great user experiences 16 16
  • 17. What is the schwerpunkt of your development environment? 17 17
  • 18. Developing Winners: Assimilating the Insights Encapsulated in Boyd's OODA Loop www.Developing-Winners.com 18 18
  • 19. An Alternative to Herding Cats in New Product Development www.OpLaunch.com Twitter: @OpLaunch Mark A Hart 4 November 2013 19 19