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I just wrote a post on the Arena Blog about big picture questions to ask when launching a new product.

 

Answering these questions (what is the overall expected revenue, are  there additional headcount needs, etc) is often the job of C-level and  VP folks - but these aren't the only contributors to a successful new product launch.

 

Are there special considerations for NPI that Operations should own? Here are my suggestions, what should be added to this list?

 

 

 

Has Operations considered . . .

 

 

 

  • ·         How to kick off/manage the various production phases (proto, pilot, production)

 

  • ·         The supply Chain strategy—is it consigned, turnkey, hybrid or ”appliance” manufacturing?

 

  • ·        CM selection—should your CMs operate locally, offshore or should you go with an ODM?

 

  • ·         Will you build to order or build to forecast?

 

  • ·         Time that needs to be added for the quality assurance process

 

  • ·         Your production capacity requirements, plans for expansion

 

  • ·         The Finished Goods (FGI) Warehouse/Distribution plan

 

  • ·         Repair center process and costs

 

  • ·         How engineering and operations can contribute to cost reduction?

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