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Achieving Agility in New Product Development With R&D IT Alignment and Pace Layering

Published: 08 January 2014

ID: G00255131

Analyst(s): Michael Shanler


Manufacturers require better alignment between R&D and IT. Best practices, including pace layering, offer an approach for R&D IT leaders to increase agility in new product development.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the New Distributed R&D Environment, and Align Solutions to Bridge Internal and External Knowledge
  • Create an R&D Operations or Liaison Role to Facilitate Issues Between R&D and IT
  • Understand Your Own Maturity and the Areas in Which You Need to Improve, and Align These With the Technology Portfolio and Road Map
  • Evaluate How the Nexus of Forces Will Impact the NPD Stakeholders and Capitalize on Opportunities
  • Outline NPD Touchpoints, and Plan Investments That Facilitate Knowledge Sharing Along the Entire NPD Cycle
  • Focus on a Layered Portfolio Approach to Support R&D Innovation

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