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Agile-Stage-Gate

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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Agile–Stage-Gate Hybrids: The Next Stage for Product Development

Provides insight into how leading firms are now beginning to integrate elements of the Agile IT product development method into their traditional gating processes to develop physical products. The trend began first in the IT industry, where Agile and Stage-Gate methods were found to complement each other, and only recently has been seen in manufacturing firms. The benefits of the hybrid model include much faster product releases, better response to changing customer requirements, and improved team communication and morale.

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The Agile–Stage-Gate Hybrid Model: A Promising New Approach

Continues from the RTM article above, but gets into more detail. This article provides insights into the dramatic performance results achieved from Agile-Stage-Gate from a sample of European manufacturing firms, and then into the details of how the new hybrid model works. The article also introduces the “Power of Nine” –- the three new artefacts, three new roles, and three new tools in Agile-Stage-Gate. A case study from LEGO outlies the approach.

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Agile-Stage-Gate: New Idea-to-Launch Method for Manufactured New Products Is Faster, More Responsive

This is the third in the series on the Agile-Stage-Gate approach to product development manufactured or physical new products. Here the emphasis is on B2B firms. New case studies are included to illustrate more details of how the new model works. An important section deals with ten tough issues faced in its implementation, and the solutions that early adopters have tried with success. The article ends with a look at why the new Agile-Stage-Gate model works so well for manufacturing firms... why it delivers what it does!

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Next in New Product Development: Agile-Stage-Gate Hybrids

This article in the CIMS Innovation Management Report summaries the three articles above – a quick look at Agile-Stage-Gate, how it works, the results achieved, and some of the challenges. Although a good summary and introduction, you really need to get into the three articles above for real understanding.

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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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