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QRPD®: Quality Rapid Product Development
Coaching & Training Companies to Develop Products in Half the Time

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Applying the 3 Secrets of QRPD

What is QRPD?

A methodology of proven global best practices for developing technology-related products, processes, and services quickly, at low cost, with high quality, while achieving maximum return-on-investment (ROI) for the company.
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QRPD is geared to fast-paced, technology-driven development, by high-performance teams in chaotic market environments. It provides a full kit of tools for accelerating any project with proven techniques to effectively manage your people, resources, risks and tasks to get the results you want. It puts common sense into a common practice that’s contagious and self-sustaining. It applies to all projects including hardware, software, mechanical, systems, Information Technology, financial and other services, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, biotech, games, web development, and more.

QRPD delivers optimum results by getting individuals to work efficiently at the speed required by 21st century business and by creating team synergy. It empowers contributors to use information age technology to act consciously and wisely in making project decisions. With QRPD you’ll get to the future on time!

QRPD 10 Commandments and Toolkit of 150 Techniques

Theory is useless without a reliable, effective way to make it a day-to-day tool. Teams need techniques for accomplishing the three secrets of QRPD. The 10 Commandments of QRPD provide that substance, the key to using the methodology on a daily basis. They are the 3 Secrets of Vision, Mission and Flow translated into detailed guidance for your organizational and product decisions. Everyone on the team can influence their use.

The 3 "Secrets" to Successful Just-in-Time Product Development

  1. Total company commitment to a concrete, well-defined Project Vision.
  2. Obsessed Project Leader and a strong, synergistic, empowered cross-functional team on a Mission to "make it happen" and meet milestones.
  3. Follow a new product development Flow Process, including testing working prototypes early on.

The 10 Commandments of QRPD

Vision 1. FOCUS Focus on a clear, limited, and on-target Vision.
Mission 2. RIGHT TEAM AND LEADER(S) Assemble the right team and leader(s).
3. CROSS-FUNCTIONAL Initiate early cross-functional cooperation.
4. SYNERGISTIC Create a synergistic, mission-oriented, productive environment.
5. REWARD Reward all participants commensurably.
Flow 6. INNOVATIVE Use innovative, parallel, iterative design strategies.
7. INVEST Invest money to buy time and tools and minimize risks.
8. PROTOTYPE Prototype, and test key design concepts early.
9. FLOW Follow the Flow process to meet milestones, manage risk, and ensure quality.
10. EARLY FEEDBACK Get early feedback and nail defects quickly.

The approximately 150 techniques associated with these commandments give your teams a checklist for ensuring that they have the greatest chance to abide by these commandments and succeeding on any project. The more of these techniques a team follows, the greater their odds of success.

Cornerstones of QRPD

  • Obsessive, intelligent risk and resource management
  • Time-based paradigm based on Late Cost per Week (LCPW) means business as usual is out the window
  • Volunteered commitment and responsibility
  • Measured accountability based on meeting milestones

Oxymorons of QRPD

  1. Do less sooner. Focus on your company's main priorities. Understand each project's potential return to the company, and use your resources in a focused, conscious manner. Concentrate on getting a smaller number of projects to the market-more quickly than they'll get there if you dilute your resources across many projects. This also applies to features, i.e., incremental innovations in your product.
  2. Slow down to speed up. Spend more time up front to flush out risks, and issues that could become negative, project-delaying surprises later.
  3. Blow up early and often. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Just be sure to find your "mines" and mistakes as early as possible in the project.
  4. Spend now to save later. The more eyes and tools you have looking at what might go wrong from every perspective, the greater the chance you'll arrive safely. Keep the time-based paradigm in mind: the more money you invest-in tools, risk mitigation, etc.-the more likely you'll be to reach completion as planned.
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