TCGen’s Principals have a track record as practitioners and managers at blue chip companies, developing innovative products enjoyed by millions of customers. We own a suite of product development best practices, that we tailor and teach to managers and the team.
Our agile transformations scale to fit your organization’s culture. Our product strategy and portfolio management technologies help accelerate product development schedules, improving predictability and new product success rates. Our Agile Product Development approach helps you understand the application of Agile principles to new product development.
We work closely with you to develop an approach that works for your company – whether you are large or small, a start-up or an established firm. We develop the project plan along with you to create an engagement that achieves measurable product development goals. How we customize engagements is described on our product management consulting page.
Sustainable Best Practices
Your investment in TCGen earns increased organizational capability. We not only implement best practices but we also teach you how to build on the improvements so that your company is prepared for the next challenge. How we selectively improve innovation and time to market is described on our product development consulting page.
Assessment & Planning
Our proprietary project history and assessment process yields deep insights for your team. We identify the root causes of bottlenecks and develop solutions that streamline your processes and speed products to market.
Expertise in metrics is a hallmark of TCGen. We rely on measurement to motivate change and monitor progress. We measure the right behaviors to ensure that the changes take hold and continue to produce lasting results.
TCGen Principal & Founder, John Carter
John Carter has been a widely respected adviser to technology firms over his career. John is the author of Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development. As Founder and Principal of TCGen Inc., he has advised some of the most revered technology firms in the world:
• Abbott, Amazon, Apple
• BOSE, Cisco, Fitbit
• HP, IBM, Roche
He specializes in the value creating aspects of product development – from the strategy and innovation processes, through product definition, execution and launch. He has helped companies cut time to market, rapidly scale their product program, and improve innovation with customer led insights, leading to greater profitability, reduced costs, and improved customer satisfaction.
John currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cirrus Logic (CRUS) a leading supplier of mixed signal semiconductors where he is involved with company strategy and sits on the Compensation and Audit Committees.
He was the founder of Cambridge-based Product Development Consulting, Inc. (PDC), a consultancy advising Fortune 500 companies in the areas of research, development, and marketing. During his time there, he worked with Apple to create the Apple New Product Process (ANPP) which is used in all product divisions. He has been an invited speaker at MIT and Stanford University, and a member of the faculty at Case Western’s Executive program.
Before starting PDC, John was Chief Engineer of BOSE Corporation. John is the inventor of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones and shares the original patent with Dr. Amar Bose. He was one of the initial contributors in BOSE’s entry into the automobile OEM business and led the product and business development of BOSE’s patented noise reduction technology for the military market.
He earned his MS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.
TCGen Principal, John Sadler
John Sadler focuses on helping executive leaders create the conditions for their teams to deliver value more rapidly to market, especially when software is involved. Professional experience in multiple markets, including medical devices, life sciences, internet, and consumer products, as well as proficiency in business strategy and multiple technical disciplines allow John to bridge skill silos to get results.
John was most recently VP/GM of the enterprise software division of Agilent Technologies. In that role he sponsored and led a delivery turnaround resulting in annual revenue growth over 2X market, consistent on-time release cadence with outstanding field quality, a thriving acquisition growing at 35%, and a clear and customer-validated digital lab strategy embraced across the company. Critical to this success was the development and effective use of scaled agile practices across multiple sites globally, including outsource partners, along with a strong culture of continuous improvement.
John earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University’s Design Division and his BS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT focusing on feedback control systems. He is an inventor on over 20 patent families, and is the author of Ficl, a widely adopted open source software package for embedded systems scripting.
With more than 20 years of experience, Brion is a leader focused on driving innovation and tackling challenging customer problems. He brings a wealth of senior executive cross-functional experience piloting global product management, marketing, and technology organizations. From startups to leading companies such as Diageo, Sanofi, Gartner, The Washington Post, Brion’s unique approach has garnered awards for exceptional products that deliver.
His achievements include successfully managing a global, enterprise-wide $50MM digital transformation and creating double-digit growth for a mature, $200MM technology service and product. Brion has also pioneered the creation of product management capabilities in several organizations while demonstrating efficiency and achieving outcome-based KPIs.
At TCGen, he has been a leading contributor for engagements with Workday and Brother. Brion attended George Washington University and maintains a number of diverse certifications from Digital Health to Google technology.
As Principal of TCGen, Jeanne has been a trusted advisor to some of industry’s leading technology companies in the areas of product development, program management and operations. She has led global organizations to deliver compelling products and technologies for leading companies, including Apple, Cisco and Texas Instruments. With John Carter, she is the co-author of the book Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development.
While leading the ANPP initiative at Apple, Jeanne re-wrote the company’s new product development process, building the core capability that allowed Apple to deliver innovative new products to market.
Jeanne is a frequent industry speaker on the topics of product development best practices and the application of social technologies to the product innovation process. She earned a MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.
David Vermette has over 25 years of experience as an analyst, researcher and writer specializing in the area of Product Development and R&D Management. He has managed numerous primary research studies of product development best practices. He has interviewed scores of product development practitioners from such companies as Ford, Motorola and Xerox, as well as global thought leaders, consultants, authors and academics in the field. He has authored or co-authored white papers, case studies, reports and presentations. He has contributed to research published by Oxford University Press and covered by The Wall Street Journal.
For TCGen, David has collaborated on projects for Inkling, Roche, and Bluescape among others. David also serves as an editor for TrustedPeer Inc. where he has conducted in depth interviews with more than 30 international consultants in such fields as R&D metrics, digital marketing, and customer experience research.
David was editor in chief of The Management Roundtable’s monthly newsletter Product Development Best Practices Report. For Goldense Group, Inc., David managed a series of biennial primary research studies on Product Development metrics. David’s clients have also included CSC, The Fetzer Institute, Realization Inc., and Business Enterprise Mapping, Inc.
David was a Research Associate at Product Development Consulting, Boston, MA and a Research Analyst for Thomson & Thomson (now Thomson CompuMark) of Boston. He holds a B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Krista Brown has a proven record of identifying and removing obstacles with her transparent leadership style and relationship building background. With a career focused on technology companies, she has created 75+ high margin service offerings and was the SVP who led the strategic management of a solution portfolio delivering $300 million in annual global sales revenue. She has also led the creation of a Portfolio Management organization for a large healthcare insurer. Intended to eliminate low value activities and optimize capacity, the project resulted in $26M in savings through the elimination of low value work within its first 6 months.
Marcus has worked in B2B and B2C marketing and research for over a decade. While being a T-shaped marketer, Marcus specializes in helping brands grow their organic presence online by helping companies to find their audience through content and relationships.