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    Book Review: Innovation Nation
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:56 am

    Though originally written to inform the 2008 U.S. presidential primary agenda, Innovation Nation offers an insightful roadmap for anyone with global operations to develop innovative solutions for so-called wicked problems.

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    Book Review: Design for Lean Six Sigma: A Holistic Approach to Design and Innovation
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:54 am

    The authors preface their book by citing two key business areas in which corporations compete against rivals: (1) managing its current business for maximizing profit; and (2) finding the future of its business for maximizing growth.

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    Book Review: The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:51 am

    Design thinking is a trendy topic, gaining attention from chief executive officers (CEOs) and new product and service practitioners. These two books guide practitioners through the growing thicket of claims and tools embraced by design thinking enthusiasts.

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    Book Review: Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:49 am

    This is a book as much about teams and organizations managing conflict brought on by significant change as it is about intellectual property (IP).

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    Book Review: Innovation Tournaments: Creating and Selecting Exceptional Opportunities
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:47 am

    The fuzzy front end of product development projects is widely recognized as a crucial stage in the development process. In these initial phases many ideas are generated; however, only very few survive the selection process and become a final product.

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    Book Review: Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces and Organizations Buzz with Energy
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:45 am

    Product development and innovation practitioners will find value in Lynda Gratton's clear account of her research on her concept of hot spots, which occur when people are working together in creative and collaborative ways.

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    Book Review: Cracking the Ad Code
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:42 am

    Even as they promote today's innovations, advertisements may not readily come to mind as new products themselves.

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    Book Review: Innovating at the Top: How Global CEOs Drive Innovation for Growth and Profit
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:40 am

    Innovating at the Top presents interviews with chief executive officers (CEOs) at nine international corporations: 3M, Bosch, Genentech, Infosys, Nokia, Research in Motion, SAP, Toyota, and Unilever.

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    Book Review: Determinants of Innovative Behaviour
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:37 am

    Companies need innovations to remain in business. This enjoins upon them, on one hand, to keep their innovation causeways clear, and on the other, to drive the efforts to the preferred innovation destinations with more clarity.

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    Book Review: Build an Industry Hot Rod: The Nuts and Bolts of Leaving Competitors in the Dust
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:33 am

    Innovation for innovation's sake is long gone, it seems. Today, companies and decision makers everywhere are evaluating their innovation efforts by their investment return.

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    Book Review: The Product Manager's Desk Reference
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:27 am

    A product management book calls for a closer look when its strong acceptance results in a third printing eight months after launch. Steven Haines's exceptional teaching and writing skills explain a good part of this acceptance.

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    Book Review: The Handbook of High-Performance Virtual Teams
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:25 am

    This high-performance virtual team book is a thorough resource that provides suggestions, tools, strategies, and case studies for effective virtual team work

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    Book Review: How We Decide
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:17 am

    Most literature on decision making, clear back to Plato, treats the subject as a rational, considered process. However, recent research shows that intuitive decisions, made subconsciously, play a large role.

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    Book Review: Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:15 am

    The Whirlpool transformation has become a poster child for the power of innovation in recent years.

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    Book Review: The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:13 am

    Reading the current business and financial headlines makes it hard to imagine that any company is even remotely thinking about innovation. Cost reduction and sheer survival seem to be more top of mind than disruptive innovation.

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    Book Review: The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 10:11 am

    The Principles of Product Development Flow continues the work that Don Reinertsen began with Managing the Design Factory (1997) to apply queuing theory to the complex problem of managing the flow of work through product development.

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    Book Review: Ready, Set, Dominate
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:54 am

    Ready, Set, Dominate explains how a company can take and adapt the Toyota's lean product development (LDP) system to fit its organization's unique culture and size.

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    Book Review: Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovations
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:53 am

    Product managers and developers of an innovative product often treat diffusion of the new product into the target market as comparable to an epidemic by contagious contact with an early adopter.

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    Book Review: Going Lean
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:51 am

    Introducing his book, Stephen Ruffa cautions that America's management practices that once made it the envy of the world with a focus on efficient operations and innovations may no longer work under current business environments.

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    Book Review: Strategy, Innovation, and Change: Challenges for Management
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:45 am

    Strategic planning in the fuzzy front end of product development enables commercial success. An effective strategy answers the following questions: Who are customers for a product based on this idea?

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    Book Review: Marketing Metaphoria: What Deep Metaphors Reveal about the Minds of Consumers
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:43 am

    In 2003 Harvard University Press published Zaltman's (2003)How Customers Think: Essential Insights in the Mind of the Market (seeNelson and Ross, 2004). This book helped me understand how Zaltman's methodology can help product developers.

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    Book Review: Managing Flow: A Process Theory of the Knowledge-Based Firm
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:40 am

    In Managing Flow, the authors present a theoretical model to explain the “dynamic process of organizational knowledge creation and how it develops the creative capacity called phronesis” (p. 15, italics in original).

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    Book Review: Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities that Lead to Business Breakthroughs
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:37 am

    I was particularly interested in reviewing this book as it examines different types of innovations in business. The purpose of this book is to teach and let businesspeople understand how successful innovations can be commonplace in the business world.

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    Book Review: Triple C Model of Project Management: Communication, Cooperation, and Coordination
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:35 am

    This book provides some unique insights that are equally applicable to product management and project management. The Triple C model of project management involves three key facets of good project management: communication, cooperation, and coordination.

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    Book Review: Managing Creative People: Lessons in Leadership for the Ideas Economy
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:32 am

    This is not your typical book on creativity. It will give you a refreshingly different viewpoint on a subject that is critical for new product development organizations.

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    Book Review: Customer Visits: Building a Better Market Focus
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:28 am

    This third edition of Customer Visits by Edward McQuarrie offers readers a clear definition and understanding of the what, where, when, why, and how to conduct customer visits—with emphasis and perspective throughout on the insightful value of cross-functional team market focus.

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    Book Review: Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:15 am

    What does the future hold? No one can tell for certain of course, but there is an emerging science around trying to forecast the future and using that as a basis for overall company strategy, within which the development of new products takes place.

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    Book Review: Extreme Toyota
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:13 am

    Extreme Toyota is the latest attempt to explain the inner workings at Toyota, who passed General Motors in 2007 to take the top position in worldwide market share for the automotive industry.

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    Book Review: Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:11 am

    “The secret to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.” When Jean Giraudoux said that early in the last century, he could have been anticipating how important it would become in later years to be seen to be “authentic” in business.

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    Book Review: X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:02 am

    Why do new product development teams start off with talented individuals and clear goals and end up failing? A convincing answer springs from the authors' 20 years of field research on teams in a wide range of industries.

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    Book Review: The Power of Mobility
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 9:00 am

    This book attempts to answer one question: How can a business be transformed by the increasing the portability and ubiquity of information access?

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    Book Review: Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:59 am

    In Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products, Denis J. Hauptly provides his executive management perspective on evaluating the innovation of proposed new product or service projects and on nurturing the organization to support these goals.

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    Book Review: Smart Isn't Enough: Lessons from a Work Performance Coach
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:56 am

    This is a short review because this book is not about product development directly. But it does directly address a serious dysfunction I have observed on several product development teams.

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    Book Review: Edison on Innovation: 102 Lessons in Creativity for Business and Beyond
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:54 am

    Alan Axelrod's Edison on Innovation provides an illustrative snapshot of the life and talent of one of America's premier innovators: Thomas Alva Edison.

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    Book Review: The Global Brain
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:39 am

    For many years, the development of innovative products has been touted as a shield against increased competition, particularly as the scope of that competition has become worldwide.

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    Book Review: Selling Blue Elephants
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:37 am

    Howard Moskowitz and Alex Gofman are with Moskowitz Jacobs Inc., a marketing and branding consulting firm.

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    Book Review: Reinventing Project Management
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:35 am

    Reinventing Project Management looks at project management, and especially product development, through a new set of lenses that may make it a seminal work for the future.

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    Book Review: Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 4, 2013, 8:32 am

    Some innovation managers will bristle when they read this book's title. In their mind is a self-talk monologue similar to, “Our new product idea is so valuable we can't afford to do it wrong (and then have to redo it).”

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    Book Review:The Fast Path to Corporate Growth
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 2, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Imperatives of growth in business organizations parallel those for biological species in the natural ecosystem. From the moment business organizations come to exist in their environment, they also need to grow like any other living entity.

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    Book Review: Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas
    Blog: PDMA Blog | Posted By: PDMA Headquarters | Released: October 2, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Innovation is everywhere—or so it seems. Finally, after productivity, marketing, and quality had their decades, innovation and creativity have become the focus of academics and professionals alike.

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