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Setting the PACE in Product Development Revised Edition

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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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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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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Project and product development. Inglorious, looked down at, in general just a "get it done and don't bitch about it" kind of topic. Adding the additional difficulty of getting a project done on time, on budget and without losing too many good employees along the path does not make the job any better, and that's why there are project management tools and books. If innovation must be included, then PACE really is a very difficult subject matter. This book does a decent job in highlighting what PACE is. What I am missing in this book (and any other, for that matter) is that what you really need to plan for is the known unknown, and how you mitigate the risk of the known unknown descending upon you and your project. Why? Because at least one disaster will strike, and it was foreseeable. What's more difficult is the unknown unknown, i.e. the unknowable concrete roadblock that will hit you, and how to make sure you account for the unknowable and unplannable (is that a word?) disaster.
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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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If you read this book as if it is describing a software waterfall model of development, you may find it to be less than helpful. If you focus your reading on the organizational structures, communications, decision making aspects, it will be much more helpful. Perhaps the biggest challenge in product development is structuring the organization to make rapid decisions. This means assigning accountability to the correct roles at the correct time. Each decision, however, has to hear many voices. Hence the "engineering management team" which is making most of the decisions during the engineering process, must hear the voices of the product manager, project manager, development team, technical communications, manufacturing engineering and quality.
The project manager's concern is time-value-of-money so he must ultimately be responsible for scheduling and resource allocation.
The product manager's concern is the product-value-in-use (not the price margin that's marketing). He prioritizes the order of requirements per release within the cost limitations.
The development team determines the process capability of the team and team structures within the cost.
Scope assignment must be negotiated with the project manager. Sometimes scope must be assigned to a team that will have less process capability in order to achieve the larger schedule objectives.

The book is good enough if you can see the various constituents and decision processes. You can use the book to understand the necessary behaviors and structure a portion of your measurement process to observe the behaviors. If decisions are taking too long, where is the behavioral problem? It's not an organizational problem.
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With all the previous negative reviews, I was prepared not to like this book, but I must say that I thought it was pretty good. I haven't finished it yet, but with the first half, the models and concepts provided did make a lot of sense to me, and that's with about 25 years of product development experience, of which at least 8 years was in developling product development life cycles for my organization.
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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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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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