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In search of best-in-class R&D organizations

Ron Collett
4/13/2011 04:09 PM EDT

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RCollett   5/10/2011 1:56:03 AM
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Absolutely correct -- application of the Best-in-Class paradigm requires comparison of similar kinds of products.

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Test_engineer   4/29/2011 1:25:11 PM
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It ain't Research in Motion (RIM). This outfit is going the way of my former employer, Nortel Networks; namely, down the tubes. Canada should stay away from high tech industries and concentrate on their competitive advantages in producing hockey players and stand-up comedians.

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cdhmanning   4/27/2011 9:30:41 PM
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Or, with slightly different terminology, efficiency vs effectiveness, I don't know that you can really make useful comparisons. There is far too much variance between different companies and even between different teams in those companies. For example, how do you compare a team developing an automotive chip (high reliability, high temperatures,...) to one developing a consumer chip (fast, low power). The first team have a lot more emphasis on testing and verification and need to move conservatively but the second group just need to get the next gen chip out there fast.

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FastDev   4/27/2011 12:36:56 AM
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Great analysis of the difficulties of measuring R&D productivity. The challenge is getting easier, however, with the advent of new toolsets and methodologies, that fundamentally change the way organizations conduct R&D. We've seen customers using a combinatorial R&D approach achieve results in weeks that would have taken months or years with traditional methods. The resulting improvement in efficiency enables project timelines to be met or pulled in without assigning additional staff. While this doesn't provide a direct mechanism for benchmarking against competitors, it does allow you to measure internal progress, both in terms of cost and ultimate success in bringing new technologies to the market. John Behnke VP WW Sales and Marketing Intermolecular

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