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ISBN-13: 978-0750697897 ISBN-10: 075069789X Edition: Revised
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"Setting the PACE embodies all the precepts and directions of PDMA in that its primary thesis is reducing the concept-to-consumer cycle time while heightening the need for improvements in all supporting functions such as marketing, R & D, consumer research, logistics, etc. Its strengths lie in clearly recognizing the multiple functional disputes that exist within most companies and redefining these functional roles to align with and support new product development...This book is more of a primer, which would make it essential reading for companies beginning to recognize that they no longer qualify as a "fast follower" as defined by Michael Porter."
-Journal of Product Innovation Management, May 1997


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This revised edition of Product Development provides essential insight as to how to efficiently organize people, resources and processes to dramatically improve financial results, strategic positions, internal morale and customer satisfaction. The PACE techniques integrate vital company-wide functions, engaging the entire company and focusing its collective energy on strategically and financially important goals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Revised edition (July 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075069789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750697897
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
My company decided to adopt PACE, and plopped this book down in front of all the engineers. It caused more chaos than we had when we started. The book describes several teams, but neglects to describe how to select the team members, how to get them to be effective in their jobs, or even what there exact team responsibilities might be, other than to do "in depth analysis". Fine, but what does *that* mean. Oh, you're supposed to hire the authors to come in and consult with your company and develop another document that describes this. Sorry, this is a non-starter.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee C. Harrison on June 8, 2000
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This guide can be very misleading for those working in the software development world.
Apply this method to Software Engineering, and you are revisiting the old Waterfall Method of software development. In today's E-commerce and e-Enterprise worlds, this is not a good place to visit for long. I would only recommend this to folks developing products in a manufacturing environment.
However, Phase 0 Reviews could be a very useful tool on an executive level as a Project Methodology for initiating and prioritizing software development projects and ensuring a product's overall strategic fit while allocating development resources.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hahn Hahnsinnc@aol.com on February 4, 1999
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I think this is THE book on Software Project and Product Management. In-depth coverage of the Core Team approach and explanation of why Core Team is better than other current development methods such as functional or cross-functional teams. This is a great reference book, one every manager should have on his desk. Only thing I didn't like was this new version is paper-back, I liked the hard-backs for books I intend to keep and use. Excellent book !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudiano on March 29, 2001
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In the last few years I must have read around 30 or more books on Product Development (OK!!! to keep track of what is going on is part of my job! :), from old authors from the 70's (Jones) to more recent books. In my opnion, "Setting Pace.." is very clear, very consistent, and provides a VERY good understanding of the nature of Product Develoment in industrial, manufacturing oriented businesses. Nevertheless, I don't know whether or not this book is good for software development. From the reviews bellow, it appears not to be the case.
In any case, and if your business is not software, it is a MUST READ to any Manager or Director involved with the in NPD. Just don't expect the book (or worse, external consultants) to do YOUR job of improving YOUR PD process for you. It doesn't exist! Furthermore, one book does not bring all of the solutions. Look around. Read other books. Talk to people. Visit other companies. See how they are doing! Make your mind BEFORE engaging in a PD reengineering project.
Claudiano, Ph.D....
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
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I think the best word I can use to describe this book is vacuous. While I think they have done a fair job of enumerating some of the problems inherent in the Product Development Process, the tome is devoid of any way to fix the problem. Simply waving ones arms and saying telling us to use a process with a set of high-level titles isn't very helpful. I also thought it was very courageous of the authors to use Apple Computer to demonstrate that a company is more succesful because it was first to market. I agree with "Reader from Silicon Valley" - this book was clearly designed to generate consulting dollars for the authors since there is no way one could figure out the solution from its contents. We in the Software Industry could really benefit from a more Engineering-Based approach to the software development process. Sadly, I do not think this is it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Urlocker on November 16, 2002
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If you've ever wondered why some companies seem to be able to get products out the door reliably and others end up having constant battles between sales, marketing and engineering, this book will help clarify the situation. Not only is building great product on time and on schedule possible, it's a repeatable process. Even if you don't buy into the entire process of PACE (Product And Cycle-Time Excellence) you can still benefit from some of the concepts around a core team to encourage better communications at each stage of development.
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