How do we do this then? Well, our contribution to success is, among other things, to work out and establish standardized processes, templates, routines and tools as far as possible and appropriate.
And this is where I get into coffee cans and lunar rockets… Avalon has consciously chosen not to put all eggs in one and the same basket, i.e. we have chosen not to specialize in a specific industry or product category. We have customers who work with everything from yes, just … coffee cans to lunar rockets … sort of!
And then you might be thinking, – “Is it really possible to make exact super-detailed processes, and meticulously automated templates and specially adapted tools for such widely different industries and companies?”
Answer is no …. but since product development is basically based on the same process (we call ours AIMTM) regardless of whether you develop coffee cans or lunar rockets, you can definitely find that thin line where we through our standardization work establish a base and a generic foundation that helps us at least 70% along the way.
And this is where the really big challenge lies. If we overwork what we do, the result will be super good for a very small part of our projects and completely useless for most of our projects. If we underperform, the data becomes far too generic for the majority of our projects, which means that they do not ease the work at all.
But what do we do then? Well, we always make an assessment of the purpose, needs and benefits and try to identify the optimal middle ground. Sometimes we fail, but then we learn, we adjust and we do better. We use our experiences. In our PMO group, we have an average of 25-30 years of experience in product development and together we have worked with well over 500 different customers, companies, industries and product categories and therefore seen many different variants of product development processes.
As they say, it is only when you come to a certain kind of level of knowledge that you realise how much more there is to learn.