Capturing and Transferring Knowledge in Product Development

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out APQC’s newest product development best practices report, Improving the Flow of Knowledge in Product Development, we’ve made it easy to get an overview of the report’s findings.

Webinar on Manufacturing in North America

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APQC members can download a recording and the slides from the June APQC/AME Benchmarking CoP Webinar.

APQC Members Named Top Supply Chains

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Analyst firm Gartner named nine APQC member organizations in its annual Supply Chain Top 25 released May 22. Gartner’s list identifies global leaders in the supply chain industry using financial data, analyst opinions, and peer opinions.

The nine APQC members are:

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:

Material Master Data Management

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Many organizations have multiple software systems supporting their supply chains. Warehouse management systems, ERP systems, and other software used for procurement, inventory, and transportation processes can have conflicting data.

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.

Getting Product Development Teams to Capture, Transfer, and Reuse Knowledge

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Good knowledge managers know that the real value of KM comes not when knowledge is shared, but when it is applied to a new situation—in other words, when the knowledge allows the organization to do something better, faster, cheaper, or more safely. One area where KM can generate a lot of value is the product development (PD) process. Ready access to past designs and lessons learned can empower PD teams to develop more innovative products, bring them to market faster, and avoid reinventing the wheel.

New Content in Product Development, Procurement, and Logistics

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March has been a busy month at APQC. The highlight of the month so far (at least in the supply chain and product development area) has been the release of three new content pieces.