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Next Generation Stage-Gate® and What’s Next After Stage-Gate®

The Stage-Gate® System: A Road Map from Idea to Launch – An Intro & Summary

Article summarizes a number of articles and books by the author to provide a superb introduction to the Stage-Gate idea-to-launch system. A must read for anyone starting out on the design (or re-design) of their company’s idea-to-launch system, or for anyone unfamiliar with how Stage-Gate works.

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The Latest View: The Stage-Gate® System for New-Product Development

This article takes a look at the Stage-Gate® system, developed and trademarked by Cooper. A bit of background is provided, followed by the most current view of the process (Stage-Gate has changed a lot in the last ten years; so if you’re using an older version, this section is a good update). How the key success drivers are built in is next outlined. The article concludes with a look at some of the more novel approaches that leading firms are building into Stage-Gate that take them to the next generation of Stage-Gate.

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Managing Technology Development Projects – Stage-Gate®-TD

Technology development projects are not the same as product development projects, nor should they be managed the same way. Cooper outlines a unique gating system designed for technology developments and technology platform projects – including the right criteria to use for making the Go/Kill decisions.

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The Stage-Gate® Idea-to-Launch Process – Update, What’s New, and NexGen Systems

The comprehensive article, an invited article in the prestigious Journal of Product Innovation Management, pulls together ten years of progress on Stage-Gate – how companies have moved beyond the basic gating model of the late 1990s, and introduces new features and functionality: spiral development, post-launch reviews and continuous improvement, context-based models for different types of projects, a more flexible and adaptive process, lean gates with teeth, more effective governance, lean NPD, and much more. A must read for anyone trying to modernize their current idea-to-launch system.

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How Companies Are Re-Inventing Their Idea-to-Launch Methodology

A shorter version of the “What’s New and NexGen Systems” article above, it highlights some of the key improvements in Stage-Gate made by leading companies. These include: more effective governance and lean gates; portfolio management built in; a leaner, adaptive, flexible and scalable system, and a Discovery stage bolted on the front end.

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Cómo las compañías están reinventando sus metodologías para llevar productos al mercado

The same “How companies are re-inventing” article, but in Spanish.

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What Leading Companies Are Doing to Re-Invent Their NPD Processes

Yet another shorter version of the comprehensive “What’s New and NexGen Systems” article above, this version includes risk-adjusting and scaling the system, spiral development to get the product right, post-launch reviews and continuous improvement, handling Open Innovation in Stage-Gate, and building in portfolio management.

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Next Gen Stage-Gate – Interview in the Innovators Magazine

Doug Berger interviews Bob Cooper, for a lively discussion on how companies are moving to the next generation Stage-Gate system, and what this involves – what new practices and features in the idea-to-launch system. An entertaining and easy read.

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What’s Next After Stage-Gate?

As the creator of the Stage-Gate® process, Cooper is often asked, “What’s next after stage-gate?” For years, no answers. Now, we’re seeing new approaches emerging from progressive companies that represent a new generation of idea-to-launch processes – systems designed to handle bolder and bigger innovations, and to overcome some of the deficiencies of the traditional gating model. For some firms, the changes are evolutionary, but some are revolutionary. The result is what Cooper calls the Triple A System: Adaptive and flexible; Agile; and Accelerated.

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Next Stage for Stage-Gate?

This is a shorter version of the article above, namely “What’s Next After Stage-Gate” -- at look at what cutting edge firms are doing to take their idea-to-launch systems to the next level. The result is what Cooper calls the Triple A System: Adaptive and flexible; Agile; and Accelerated.

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Idea-to-Launch Gating Systems: Better, Faster, and More Agile

This article provides the latest thinning on how leading firms are rethinking and reinventing their idea-to-launch gating systems. They are adding elements of Agile to traditional Stage-Gate structures to add flexibility and speed while retaining structure and rigor. They’re also building in methods to make the process faster, less bureaucratic and also more adaptive and flexible.

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Beyond Stage-Gate: What’s Next in New Product Development

This article , from the CIMS Innovation Management Report, provides short summary of the previous and longer article – namely, the latest thinking about how to make your business’s new-product system more agile, more adaptive and faster. Like most CIMS reports, it’s a a good summary, but you need to get into the previous article to develop a real understanding of these novel approaches.

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