Achieving Superior Differentiation, Speed to Market, and Increased Profitability
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Fast Innovation by Michael L. George
Book DescriptionSurveys by the Economist and many others show that the top of mind issue for most CEO and managers has shifted from cost reduction to revenue growth. As the world economy shifts from one of contraction to expansion, companies know that revenue growth is strictly dependent on their innovation process. For the majority of companies, more than 25 per cent of this year's revenue are for products and services that did not exist 3 years ago. Moreover, the life-cycle of offerings is growing ever shorter. Sixty percent of companies report that their growth is hampered because the lead time of their innovation process takes too long and costs too much. Companies understand the causes of long lead time and high cost in manufacturing, and its remedy using the Lean methodology. However, the causes of long lead time and high cost in innovation are not understood, nor is their remedy.This book, for the first time, explains the causes of long lead time and ineffective innovation, and provides a proven solution. "Conquering the Growth Challenge" explains why it takes so long for innovations to reach the market and why they so often fail; and provides solutions for how to reduce time - to market and increase the success rate. It provides the complete foundation for reducing time-to-market of successful innovative offerings, applicable to any business, and is the first to provide quantitative links such that a thoughtful CEO or manager who implements the Fast Innovation process featured in this book can launch a new innovation, confident that it will meet its required delivery date.The solutions discussed in this book have already been applied in varying degrees by firms such as GE, 3M, Toyota and Microsoft. In short, what you'll get in this book is an answer to the challenge every company faces: how can we increase differentiation and competitive advantage while shortening time-to-market? At first glance, that sounds like an impossible goal because increased differentiation was historically accompanied by increased organisational and offering complexity - which often served to clog development pipelines. George provides the necessary implementation infrastructure and tools to achieve: significantly faster and controllable time-to-market; a highly differentiated product, service or experience; low cost of complexity and low cost operations; and, fast operational lead times.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780071457897
(228mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael L. George
Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed, Paperback (October 2004)
Provides the tools for implementing Lean Six Sigma - what they are, how they work, and which to use. This book presents the tools and concepts needed to understand, implement, and leverage Lean Six Sigma. It provides analyses of nearly 100 tools and methodologies - from DMAIC and Pull Systems to Control Charts and Pareto Charts.
Conquering Complexity in Your Business, Paperback (August 2004)
Helps readers find out why the trick to outperforming their competition and staying ahead of the curve in a customer-centric business environment is achieving the optimum levels of complexity in their products, services, and operations. This book includes tools that let you quantify and pinpoint complexity in your business.
What is Lean Six Sigma?, Paperback (November 2003)
Offers an introduction on how to use Lean Six Sigma to improve your workplace, meet your goals, and better serve your customers. This title helps to discover how Lean Six Sigma quality improvement method can give you the tools to identify and eliminate waste and quality problems in your own work area.
Lean Six Sigma for Service, Hardback (July 2003)» View all books by Michael L. George
Describing the basic elements of successful deployment, this work shows you how Lean Six Sigma can cut costs by reducing complexity; how to utilize its tools to provide better quality service; and how you can use shareholder value to drive project selection - without needing an MBA.
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Author Biography - Michael L. George
Michael L. George is an executive advisor and a leading expert at helping Fortune 500 companies connect strategy to execution. He is author of the bestselling Lean Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma for Service, and co-author of Conquering Complexity in Your Business. Mike is Chairman and CEO of George Group. James Works advises senior executive teams in the areas of innovation, business strategy, operations improvement and organizational change. He is President and Chief Operating Officer of George Group. Kimberly Watson-Hemphill has built a reputation over the last 12 years as a leading expert in the field of innovation and design across many different product, service and business model applications.
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