Supply Chain Disruption, Shingo Winners' Supply Chains, and More

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APQC’s supply chain management and product development research agenda is expanding in 2013, and we want you to be involved. In this blog post I’ll give you a quick snapshot of our plans, give you a heads up on our next SCM Community Call, and highlight our Open Standards Benchmarking assessments.

Supply Chain Management and Product Development Update

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Quite a bit of supply chain management and product development content has been created or updated here at APQC over the last six months. I recently hosted a Now in the Knowledge Base: Supply Chain Management webinar that featured all 96 new or updated content items, which your organization can use to improve your supply chain or product development functions.

Product Development Process Benchmarks by Industry

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In a previous blog post on product development, I presented some key cross-industry benchmarks. But what if you want to be more specific in your benchmarking? APQC has created a collection of product development benchmarks for those wanting to know performance within specific industries.

Measure and Improve Product Development Performance

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How does your organization’s product development function compare with that of other organizations? In this post I want to talk about data for a few key performance indicators in product development. The data presented here is taken from APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in product development.

Collaborate to Innovate

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Do you want to expand your organization’s idea-generating capacity? APQC’s upcoming Best Practices Study, Enhancing Idea Generation Through Collaboration, aims to look at how organizations use outside sources to bring additional value inside.

The reality is that more talent exists outside your organization’s walls than inside. This is true regardless of what industry you are in, how large your enterprise is, or how experienced and educated your employees are. 

An Update on Supply Chain and Product Development Content

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Did you know that APQC has created or updated 87 pieces of supply chain management and product development content since the beginning of 2012? Find out what’s new in the presentation Now in the Knowledge Base: Supply Chain Management.

Seeking Presentations for APQC 2012 Process Conference

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We want to hear from you! Submit an abstract by May 31 to be considered as a presenter at APQC’s 2012 Process Conference. The conference is October 25-26, and the theme is Block & Tackle: Leveraging Process for Results. We are looking for presentations that tell the story of business process management initiatives from conception through implementation to results.

Tracking the Benefits of Knowledge Management in Product Development

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In the product development space, the term “knowledge management” may be unfamiliar. But the concept certainly isn’t: knowledge management (KM) means giving workers easy access to the information or people they need to do their jobs faster and better. By providing product development workers with KM tools, organizations can streamline product development.

You Can Shape Our PD/Innovation Research

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At APQC we’re finalizing our product development/innovation best practices research agenda for the year. But we want your input to make sure the study topic we choose is what you most want to know about.

Take our short Web-based survey at to let us know which topics interest you most. Potential study topics include:

Procurement and Product Development

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Procurement has been gaining visibility through innovative developments that provide value to the enterprise beyond lower-cost goods. This new role for procurement led APQC to conduct the study Supplier Category Management: Driving Value Through the Procurement Organization, which looked at how procurement can maximize purchasing value through the use of strategic categories of suppliers.