- marcus evans professional training Recommended reading
The following books are recommended by marcus evans professional trainers as further reading material beyond their respective course documentation. All titles are available to purchase online in association with amazon.co.uk
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PRODUCT MANAGEMENT (12 Titles)
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Synopsis Intuition is not some magical and mysterious property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work enviroments and particular rules and principles. For too long we have thought of intuition as a kind of black box at the very core of who we are and why we act the way we do. This book shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices and in everyday life. Just as he did with his revolutionary theory of the tipping point, Gladwell reveals how the power of blink' could fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate, how we run our businesses and even our societies.You'll never think about thinking in the same way again.
- Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools
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Synopsis New Rules, New Tools. In this era of global competition and accelerating product life cycles the need to get new products to market faster is more compelling than ever. This book is unique in providing tools for trading off schedule against other business objectives. It integrates powerful methods to manage risk and use resources effectively with proven techniques to accelerate product development. With case examples including Black & Decker, Hewlett-Packard, Honda and Motorola, this is the guide you will need in the trenches if time to market is important to you - or if you are wondering if it should be. It is of equal value to new readers and to those who must move beyond the original edition.
- Eating the Big Fish: How 'Challenger Brands' Can Compete Against Brand Leaders
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Synopsis The title of this book comes from an advert from Avis, the car rental firm, published at a time of planned growth. It positioned Avis as a small fish being chased by a bigger one--a bigger car hire firm. They had to stay ahead or be swallowed. Morgan calls Avis and others like them "Challenger Brands" or second-raters, and he examines 40 of them in this book. His aim is to identify their common marketing strands as they find themselves in an increasingly vulnerable position. By using the lessons revealed in the book, second-raters can develop strategies to consolidate and, if they want to (they don't always), compete with the leaders. The book is divided into three sections. The relatively short opening one outlines the challenges facing the second-raters, but the real meat is in the much larger section two where Morgan lays out his Eight Credos of Challenger Brands, their key marketing features. The third and final section, again short, is very practical. It shows how any company can use the Eight Credos as part of a two day practical exercise to start improving their own market position. With wide ranging examples from both the US and Europe, Morgan stresses time and again that you can learn from those outside your own market as well as those within it. He makes his points very well indeed, revealing that second-raters will have to operate very differently from market leaders if they are to survive. --Sandra Vogel
- Innovation and the General Manager
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Synopsis Clay Christensen is world-renowned in the field of innovation. His book is the first general manager's instruction kit for managing innovation. It was developed from Christensen's Harvard course and it helps students and managers learn to address the issues related to managing innovation more effectively. Its first purpose is to help them understand the challenges of coordination and interoperability in innovation and to equip them with the tools to manage these complex interactions effectively. Its second purpose it to help future managers develop an intuition for sorting out symptoms from their underlying causes and to give them vicarious experience, through case studies, in resolving those root causes.
- Product Design and Development
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Synopsis Treating such contemporary design and development issues as identifying customer needs, design for manufacturing, prototyping, and industrial design, Product Design and Development, 3/e, by Ulrich and Eppinger presents in a clear and detailed way a set of product development techniques aimed at bringing together the marketing, design, and manufacturing functions of the enterprise. The integrative methods in the book facilitate problem solving and decision making among people with different disciplinary perspectives, reflecting the current industry trend to perform product design and development in cross-functional teams.
- Product Development for the Service Sector: Lessons from Market Leaders
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Synopsis How service industries can become more competitive by applying the principles of product developmentfrom bestselling and award-winning product development experts.. As the lines between products and services become less and less distinct, many managers and consultants advocate that manufacturing companies learn to think like the service sectorget close to the customer, offer multi-dimensional solutions, provide high-quality support. But in todays highly competitive and constantly changing marketplace, managers in service industries, such as banking, insurance, financial services, utilities, and retailing, can benefit enormously by thinking like manufacturersemploying a rigorous product development model to create and test new offerings, develop the most promising ones, and see them to market successfully. In Product Development for the Service Sector, product development experts Cooper and Edgett draw from their extensive research, teaching, and consulting experience to offer service sector executives and managers a comprehensive overview of the principles of product development and how they can be successfully applied in any service industry.
- Product Strategy for High Technology Companies
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Synopsis This work demonstrates how to formulate product strategies that lead to successful products. It covers areas in which high-tech companies should consider developing their strategies, including timing, technological change, globalization, product differentiation, cost and price, contingency planning and marketing and financial considerations.
- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
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Synopsis Full of marketing ideas, this is a book about what it takes to create and sell something remarkable. It is a manifesto for marketers who want to make a big difference to their company by helping create products and services that are worth marketing in the first place.
- The PDMA Handbook of New Product Development
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Synopsis Product development professionals at the cutting edge of knowledge in their respective areas of new product expertise present a complete picture of the information needed for effective product development. Describes all aspects of the topic from the creation of the concept through development and design to the final production, marketing, and service. Discusses fundamental concepts including identifying customer needs, using multifunctional teams, and having an appropriate development procedure as well as important issues emerging in the field such as process ownership, pipeline management, metrics, and product architecture. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
- The Product Manager's Handbook: The Complete Product Management Resource [E-BOOK: ADOBE READER]
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Synopsis The Product Manager's Handbook is the essential guide to successful product management in today's fast-changing business world. Product and brand managers, as well as upper-level sales, marketing, and branding executives, will find the text thorough and informative as it explains and analyzes the product manager's role in both traditional, hierarchical organizations as well as in newer horizontal, team-driven decision-making structures.
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
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Synopsis "The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life," writes Malcolm Gladwell, "is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviours spread just like viruses do." Although anyone familiar with the theory of mimetics will recognise this concept, Gladwell's The Tipping Point has quite a few interesting twists on the subject.
- Winning at New Products: Accelerating the Process from Idea to Launch
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Synopsis The landmark book that defines successful product development-revised, updated, and expanded for the next generation of product leaders.. For over a decade, Winning at New Products has served as the bible for product developers everywhere. In this fully updated and expanded edition, Robert Cooper demonstrates with compelling evidence why consistent product development is so vital to corporate growth and how to maximize your chances of success. By any measure, most product concepts never make it to market, and of those that do, most fail. Winning at New Products cites the most recent research and showcases innovative practices at such industry leaders as 3M, Exxon Chemical, and Guinness to present a field-tested game plan for achieving product leadership. Cooper outlines specific strategies for assessing risk, marshalling the appropriate resources, engaging customers in the pre-development discovery phase, evaluating your project portfolio, ensuring true cross-functional collaboration, and, most importantly, applying a rigorous process for making sound business decisions at every step-from idea generation to launch.