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The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part One
Manufacturers throughout the world are scrambling to respond to ever-changing economic conditions, increasing (or at least fluctuating) material costs, and

sourcing gate problems  questions, sometimes even via crowd-sourcing. For example, consumers and field service folks might inquire about the possibility of fitting new features/capabilities, marketers might inquire from their partners whether new features can be delivered and from their customers whether the market would support it, while product designers could ask the production folks whether a new design is manufacturable. At the highest level, strategic innovation planning and roadmapping ensures a strategic market, and

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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