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Category Archives: Product development
Driving Innovation

September 20, 2011

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group How will the Competence E project use $273 million and 250 scientists change the world?  As Andreas Gutsch, project head, explains:  “We are no longer focused on studying individual molecules or components, but on developing solutions on the system level…We are conducting excellent research for application, not for […]

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Hiding Behind Training

May 6, 2011

By Michael J Tatham, Founder/Director, The Tatham Group

An engineer by training, I learned to use the scientific method to find the root cause of problems and by the late 60’s had an effective approach to designing training programs. Companies typically produce training programs that teach their people how to correct defects in the product rather than fix the process. As a result, a bad process keeps too many people busy fixing and reworking the output. Many companies around the world today invest millions in training programs focused on fixing and reworking output from bad processes. I’ll say the same thing I said 40 years ago: “When the process doesn’t work, fix the process; don’t blame the people.

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Slow Down to Go Fast

February 28, 2011

In the business world today there is much debate over what tools and   structure should be used to ‘fix things’. However there is not much discussion or thought about what should be fixed. Regardless of the tool you choose the first step should always be slow down then go fast.  It’s more important to know […]

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Mastering the Art of Imperfection

November 30, 2010

““If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” —   Win Borden With the pace of change these days we are constantly put into one of two positions: pursuing perfection and therefore doing nothing or making decisions with imperfect data and launching products with work […]

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