AIM Archives - Month: June 2017

Beware incrementalism… and understand the “risk paradox.”

111 Beware Incrementalism

If you manage one new-product project, it seems less risky to develop a “me-too.” But if you manage a business brimming with “me-too” and incremental new products, you’ll slide into commoditization with its death spiral. Very risky. So make sure your portfolio has enough products that will deliver significant value to your customers.

Read more in this free white paper, Innovating in Unfamiliar Markets (page 3).

Why take a “leap of faith” when you could take a leap of confidence—more quickly and cheaply?

110 Leap of Faith

Lean Startup methodology refers to “Leap of Faith Assumptions,” and recommends testing assumptions with customers at the first opportunity. For B2B, this “first opportunity” to learn comes before a prototype is created… through VOC interviews to mine the foresight of knowledgeable customers. Don’t miss this B2B adjustment to Lean Startup.

Read more in this white paper, Lean Startup for B2B (page 6).

How to become a great business leader

How to become a great business leader

Read how great business leaders drive organic growth by shifting their balance in four areas: 1) Your job: from interior decorator to builder. 2) Your goal: from shareholder wealth to organic growth. 3) Your time horizon: from current year to the future. 4) Your focus: from results to capabilities. ... Read More

Got cool technology? Great. Just test it silently with customers.

109 Cool Technology

Avoid “technology push.” But should you just leave your technology quivering on the lab bench? Hardly. Conduct customer interviews without mentioning your technology. If customer outcomes match your technology… wonderful! Otherwise, look for different technology (for this market), or look for another market (for this technology).

More in article, Should You Develop New Products like Steve Jobs? (Originally published in B2B Organic Growth newsletter).

Systems vs Goals

Systems vs Goals

Donald Rumsfeld described “unknown unknowns,” but B2B innovators, marketers and new product developers should also consider the dangers of untrue beliefs. It’s quite destructive when we build business cases, draft risk assessments, and plan projects on the basis of something that simply isn’t true. ... Read More

It’s hard to create differentiated products if you don’t behave differently.

108 Be Different

Companies that want differentiated products often behave the same as competitors. They can’t say, “Our R&D staff is 20% smarter than competitors’, so our products usually win.” But they could win by understanding customer needs better than competitors… letting them “aim” their R&D brainpower much better. Be different to differentiate.

More in article, Do You Really Interview Customers?