New Product Development

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New Product Development

In order to stay successful in the face of maturing products, companies have to obtain new ones by a carefully executed new product development process. But they face a problem: although they must develop new products, the odds weigh heavily against success.

New Product Development (NPD), also known as new product management, is usually a process of the Development department and consists mainly of all the steps you take from:

  • Conceptualizing
  • Designing
  • Developing
  • Marketing a new product/service
  • Idea generation

    Idea generation refers to the systematic search for new-product ideas. Typically, a company generates hundreds of ideas, maybe even thousands, to find a handful of good ones in the end. Two sources of new ideas can be identified:

  • Idea screening

    Idea screening means nothing else than filtering the ideas to pick out good ones. In other words, all ideas generated are screened to spot good ones and drop poor ones as soon as possible.

  • Concept development

    Imagine a car manufacturer that has developed an all-electric car. The idea has passed the idea screening and must now be developed into a concept.

  • Marketing strategy development

    When a promising concept has been developed and tested, it is time to design an initial marketing strategy for the new product based on the product concept for introducing this new product to the market.

  • Business analysis

    Once decided upon a product concept and marketing strategy, management can evaluate the business attractiveness of the proposed new product.

  • Product development

    Up to this point, for many new product concepts, there may exist only a word description, a drawing or perhaps a rough prototype. But if the product concept passes the business test, it must be developed into a physical product to ensure that the product idea can be turned into a workable market offering. The problem is, though, that at this stage, R&D and engineering costs cause a huge jump in investment.

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