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When designers work with manufacturing experts from the start, their clients are the winners. Why? Costs fall, profits grow and products have a better chance of success.

Colin PotterGeneral Manager Manufacturing
Colin Potter

Why unique technology is overrated in innovation

When it comes to innovation, I believe that ‘uniqueness’ is misunderstood and often overrated. Let me explain why.

American Chamber of Commerce asks PI for the secrets of how to build an innovative company

Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce event, our Co-CEO and Co-founder Stuart Elliott offered insight into three fundamentals that organizations need to get right if they are serious about innovation.

5 reasons why aspiring entrepreneurs should join Planet Innovation

Thinking of launching a tech start-up? Here are five reasons why you should come and work for PI first.

Key ingredients for innovation

There’s rarely just one thing responsible for innovation. It is a combination of ingredients that deliver innovative thinking and behaviour. See if your company has these four ingredients in its mix.

Two ways every CEO can increase innovation

As CEO of a company that is challenged every day to deliver innovative solutions, I see two main areas where every CEO can help increase their company’s level of innovation.

4 reasons new products fail

In my experience, there are common themes that link the failure of new products, and I am often asked by anxious entrepreneurs for my top tips on preventing their products from becoming landfill and, by corollary, how they can make their products successful.

6 principles that deliver commercially successful products

The product development journey can be exciting but harrowing for even the most experienced company let alone the first time innovator. Here are a six principles that successful companies follow.

Design is more than skin deep

What makes a product great? Iconic? Whatever the quality, the decision is made, neither by the team that created it nor the marketer who sold it, but by the people who use  it. So that is where we start when we design a new product – with people. And that design must be more than skin deep.

Demystifying Voice-of-Customer research for regulated products

Good voice-of-customer (VoC) research requires you to be part detective and part psychologist. You are trying to solve a puzzle through questions and observations that will help you determine your product direction, your regulatory strategy and your commercialization path. And it’s not a simple puzzle to solve.

How to transform software from the villain to the hero of your next product

On paper, all software requirements look achievable. But for anyone who has been involved in developing new products, software is often the villain causing overruns and budget blow outs. Here are five strategies that I use to ensure the software team are seen as super heroes on your product development team.