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Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma by David W. Bacon, Randy C. Perry

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Chapter 6. Project Management

While Stage-Gate systems tell us what needs to be done in order to develop successful products, they do not tell us how to do it. During our discussion of Stage-Gate processes in Chapter 5, we reviewed many of the deliverables needed for product commercialization at various stages of the development process. One major failure for many companies commercializing new products occurs in the poor execution of the tasks required to provide the project deliverables which gatekeepers need in order to make informed "go/kill" decisions at gate reviews. Many sound business strategies fail due to poor execution. The successful execution of a project requires an implementation plan. "If you don't know where you're going, any ...

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