Real-time dynamic data display

Displaying data from observations of dynamic phenomena isn’t easy. Normally, we select sequences in discrete time slices and look for trends implied in the static data. A lot is lost in the paired translations of dynamic-to-static and static-to-trends. This was made clear to me recently while working with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Puget […]

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Common Cause Analysis vs. Appreciative Inquiry

It’s no secret I’ve favored Common Cause Analysis as a quick and easy tool for identifying key, recurring problems in a project management system. The methodology is simple: List a number of recent problematic projects (typically 10–15) For each project, list the causes that contributed to the projects’ problems Prioritize the contributory causes, in terms […]

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Getting outside funding

A common question I hear among early stage entrepreneurs is “I need an infusion of money to get my project going. What are they (banks, private and angel investors, and venture capital funds) looking for?” At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow, the Outdoor Industry Association hosted a panel discussion of boutique investment bankers who answered […]

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Make Phase-Gate work for you

Phase-Gate processes are in widespread use for the management of new product development efforts. I often hear questions about how to better and more effectively implement them. A recent inter-company survey sheds some interesting and objective light on the subject. I think you’ll find the results compelling—I certainly did. Here are the findings in a […]

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Building brands with emotional connection

Graeme Newell’s keynote presentation at the Outdoor Industry Rendezvous in Portland last month was, hands down, the best presentation of the event. Every product and brand manager should know, understand and live his points about brand building and messaging—it isn’t about the product, it is about the customer, how the customer feels, and how the […]

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Tracking milestones and burn rate

I am a big fan of simple and elegant dashboard tools. Jim Fowler, Interim VP of Business Development at Carbon Design Group, one of Seattle’s premier full-service product development consultancies, shared the method that they use for reporting actual-to-budget resource burn rates and mapping them to milestone delivery. With this tool, hours and expenses are […]

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Structuring visualization methods

I collect visualization tools like the floor under my bed collects dust bunnies. I’d like to think I have a pretty good collection. Of visualization tools. This table was created by Ralph Lengler and Martin Eppler at the Visual-Literacy.org. Along with organizing the methods, the table shows examples of each by hovering over the method […]

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