As product managers in engineering new product development, we used MS Project, smartsheet and many other tools. Nothing worked. We realized that several of our peers felt the pain too.
Engineering NPD requires more than task management and collaboration tools. Entroids integrates all the important NPD tools in one. It includes task tracker, milestone manager, product requirements manager, risk manager in a easy to use online tool.
You have heard of StageGate method and some newer methods like Lean Startup for developing new products. Entroids is not another method like these but it is one convenient tool to manage all NPD needs no matter if you use StageGate, Lean Statup or any other method.
Entroids works for all types of product development whether you are developing a evolutionary product like a major redesign or a revolutionary product like the first Iphone.
Evolutionary products have set customer expectations whereas revolutionary products usually have none before the launch. This creates different risk profiles for each project type and also requires different tactics in execution.
Entroids has specific tools to work on nay type of engineering NPD
We learnt from experts and packaged the principles in a easy to use practical tool. Some of the sources of inspiration are below;
In the world of engineering NPD, the only thing certain is uncertainty. There are fires to put out, market and competitive actions etc. calling for flexible and lean execution. Entroids THINK-PLAN-DO framework makes strategic alignment of daily actions a breeze. Contniuous strategic alignment is maintained because of the three tier structure that ties the top level ‘needs’ to the actions team members perform.
There are four key pillars of activity in every new product development project. These are business plan, product requirements, project risks and managing milestones. Success largely depends on ow these areas are managed in execution. Entroids provides four visual tools to manage the four pillars. Create tasks and actions for each item in the four areas and visually track them.
Imagine planning a long road trip without the zoom button in google maps? What if you had to plan through several pages just to look up something on the other end of your trip?
You are surely saying that is stupid? That is why you the have zoom function in any mapping software. Engineering NPD is like a journey. There are twists and turns along the way, just a like a road trip. Now do you have the zoom function in your NPD project management tool? You have to pan through several rows of tasks just the old way of mapping.
Entroids three tier framework gives you the ability to zoom into the details of actions, with a few mouse clicks, in any areas of the four pillars in execution.
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