Great NPD results.

New Product Development processes are all about getting a great product out the door and in use by the market. The process of developing the new product needs to focus on that delivery outcome. This process will include known best practice steps and some unknown steps as we implement new technology and solutions during our NPD projects.

Pie customers who use Pie for the NPD processes have found the following benefits.

faster to market delivery.

  • Execute a well-defined new product development strategy that includes the how-to steps for all known processes. This is accomplished with your early phase (Pie slice) planning descriptions that can be made available at your teams’ fingertips.

  • Improve consistency and predictability speed with repeatable Pie recipes that your teams improve over time.

  • Make better timeline decisions and understand time-to-market milestones with Pie progress reporting.

Better product results.

  • Reduce risk of delivery failure when teams collaborate and engage with the Pie Post features made specifically for identifying and solving issues and risks.

  • Leverage the Pie Ideas Post feature to highlight team members’ creative solutions to improve both the new product being developed and its NPD process.

  • Always improve your NPD processes and ensure they drive quality end results. This is done with updating your NPD Pie recipes.


NPD process with agile?

Process — For the known stuff

An NPD process is a sequence of known steps that is typical with most NPD projects. This includes all of the planning, discovery, market analysis, design, etc. where each may require a stage gate for approval before moving to the next phase. Pie provides a visual stage gate process approach with Pie Slices and Pie Process Box features.

You can structure your NPD processes in Pie to drive your best practices and successful frameworks. This is first accomplished with setting up a Pie Recipe that you design to contain your known best practice content made from lessons learned.

Agile — for the unknown stuff

What about when your NPD projects are full of unknown work that may need to be done? This is common when developing a new product that needs a cycle of prototyping or maybe a type of new product that needs a unique change in how you execute the NPD project process.

This is when an agile approach is helpful. Agile for NPD is most useful as a hybrid by combining your known NPD methodologies with the unknown task work that needs to be discovered along the way.

You may have heard of “Agile” for iterative development. This includes the term “scrum” where a small team would identify, select, discuss, and develop a new set of targeted features (and defects). The term “sprint” is an iterative cycle of time (i.e., one or two weeks) for implementing scrums with end results that either presents new prototypes or delivers parts of your overall product.

We built Pie to allow you to combine process with agile. Use the Pie Board features for a section of your project that requires an Agile sprint/scrum process for the unknown work.

Hybrid —Process with agile

Combing the Board section of your project for Agile work with the other traditional tasks and process boxes in the different Pie phases will give you a true hybrid project approach. This brings the best of both worlds!

Again, it’s all about great results and the execution path may need a combination of different approaches. Pie gives you the flexibility for either the NPD stage gate method, agile iterative process, or the hybrid combo approach.