|Product Development Book Reviews|
Are you interested in reading or buying a book on product development, but not sure if it's worth the investment? Check out current book reviews below or search PDMA’s book review archive by author or title.
The Innovation Answer Book
Written by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP, PMP.
When writing a book about innovation, why not do it in an innovative way? The Innovation Answer Book did that by covering the basic knowledge on innovation in 182 questions and of course the answers, that are supported by theory and experience of the author! Read More.
Innovation Project Management
Written by: Harold Kerzner.
I noticed, working as project management professional in the field of innovation for many years, that most PM frameworks have limitations in this area. My interest was, of course, raised when Innovation Project Management by Harold Kerzner (an authority in the project management field) was published and especially when reading in the introduction chapter: Read More.
Product Design and Innovation: Analytics for Decision Making
Written by: Carlos M. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
The intersection of marketing and design is evident in all new product development (NPD) work. Yet, decisions to move a new product from R&D into trial and into a marketplace are risky. Senior management in NPD team leaders required clear data and analytics to be confident that a product or feature will meet customer needs. Read More.
Leveraging Constraints for Innovation
Written by: Abbie Griffin, Jelena Spanjol, and Sebastian Gurtner
In a tradition of publishing guides to help innovation professionals succeed in the challenging world of new product development, PDMA has recently released the third volume in the Essentials series. Editors Jelena Spanjol and Sebastian Gurtner have brought tougher methodologies and tools to aid product development professional identify and overcome common barriers to innovation. Read More.
Designing Your Life
Written by: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Design thinking helps us to view the customer’s perspective with empathy to generate better solutions to market problems. Moreover, design thinking integrates cross-functional work processes into a series of collaborative conversations that improve project outcomes. Read more.
How Boeing Defied the Airbus Challenge: An Insider’s Account
Written by: Mohan Pandey
Product development (i.e. innovation) has undergone many paradigm shifts over the years. I recall when I first started attending the PDMA conferences over 20+ years ago, many of the sessions focused only on product innovations. Later, that expanded to both products and services. Since then, many other facets of innovation have entered into the discussions at the PDMA conferences. Robert Wolcott, Ph.D. (Co-Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network and Professor at the Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University) has discussed extensively that innovation should be evaluated over multiple facets/dimensions beyond the normal discussion on products and services (Sawhney, et al 2006). And he observed that companies who are able to creatively innovate beyond the “standard” dimensions of innovation are often the most successful financially. Read more.
Sense & Respond
Written by: Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden want us to carry on a two-way conversation with our customers. In their new book, “Sense and Respond,” Gothelf and Seiden make the case for deeper customer relationships based on advances in technology and a need to react quickly in multiple markets. Read more.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Written by: Cal Newport
Take a look at your calendar and consult your colleagues. Everyone is busy. Your time is booked, it seems, from the moment you step foot into the office until your head hits the pillow at night. You respond to an endless stream of emails and text messages, even after hours and on weekends. But, you just can’t ever catch up and it never seems like you can find the time to accomplish the big things that you’ve planned. Read more.
Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing (Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth)
Written by: W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
In 2005, Professor W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne changed the international business landscape. They presented their theory of “Red Oceans” as the allegory for fierce competition in well-established markets, and of “Blue Oceans” which have almost no competition at all. Read more.
Managing Virtual Teams
Written by: Silvester Ivanaj and Claire Bozon
Nearly all of us work in virtual teams. We understand that virtual teams (VT) may struggle with communication and collaboration since we don’t see our colleagues face-to-face (F2F). Yet, VTs offer many advantages for new product development (NPD) because they allow us access to diverse perspectives and global market intelligence. Read more.
Competing Against Luck
Written by: Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, and David S. Duncan
Like many new product development professionals (NPDP), I am a big fan of Clayton Christensen’s work. His latest book, Competing Against Luck, with co-authors Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon and David S. Duncan, does not disappoint. Filled with classic stories of innovation success, the text instructs how to drive business growth from a customer-centric viewpoint. Read more.
Smarter, Better, Faster
Written by: Charles Duhigg
Who among us does not wish to improve his or her productivity? Charles Duhigg’s well-researched, new book, Smarter, Faster, Better, offers several tips we can apply to our own lives, as well as to our work teams, to improve productivity and efficiency. Read more.
Written by: Alexander D. Edsel
Breaking Failure by Alexander Edsel examines business failure and underperformance that occurs in many businesses and industries today. The director of the Master of Science in Marketing program for the Naveen Jindal School of Business at The University of Texas at Dallas, Edsel has more than 20 years of product and marketing management experience in the chemical, tech and health care fields. Read more.
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