These product development templates are based on real life examples, and have been tested in the field with clients on multiple engagements. We often are stuck when first getting started working on a complex issue, because we don’t know how to take the first step. These graphical tools (graphs, charts, tables, and forms) are ready to go and can be modified for your needs. If you need the basics, check out our work on the product development process.
Product Development Process Tools
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Click the links below to view spreadsheet-based templates that describe the tool, its benefits and how to apply it. The tools are downloadable free of charge. Download them, share them, use them in your organization.
Download Team Pert Chart Tool Online. This tool will help you to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project.
A graphical technique most commonly applied to cross-functional processes. Emphasizes the elements of task, teamwork, and quality, with a focus on how you do the work rather than on what work to do.
Is a parametric tool that helps estimate the time to complete a given phase of a project. Creates a rough estimate using past experience combined with the critical few key drivers.
A framework that helps you discover the ultimate cause of any outcome. Helps individuals or groups discover the root causes that led to a specific outcome in a product development team.
Provides an early warning when a project fails to hit the schedule. Allows project teams to anticipate problems before they occur, and to intervene before projects get behind.
Helps determine your organization’s maturity level relative to best practices in crowdsourcing innovation.
Shows the team and management how much progress they are making on a project. An improvement on Gantt Charts in that it focuses on customers, and provides a more accurate estimate of the work performed on a project in-progress.
Breaks projects down into tasks, shows the dependencies of one work stream on another, and provides real estimates, created by the people who actually perform the tasks.