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Title: Business Initiative and Technology
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BUS 100 - Enterprise Business Applications and Communications
Assignment 6: Product Development and Innovation Strategy
Due Week 3 and worth 160 points
In Part XXXIV of your business plan, you will focus on product development and innovation strategy to
drive product differentiation, customer value, and competitive advantage in the marketplace. Your
objective is to develop a comprehensive strategy for product innovation that aligns with market trends,
customer needs, and business goals.
Write a paper in which you:
1. Conduct a market analysis to identify market trends, customer needs, and competitive dynamics
in your target market. Evaluate factors such as changing consumer preferences, emerging
technologies, regulatory trends, and competitive pressures that influence product demand and
innovation opportunities.
2. Define the strategic objectives and goals for product development and innovation in your
organization. Identify key drivers and motivators for innovation, such as market growth
opportunities, competitive positioning, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. Articulate the
vision and purpose of product innovation and its alignment with business objectives and strategic
priorities.
3. Develop a new product development (NPD) process outlining the stages, activities, and
milestones for bringing new products to market. Define the roles and responsibilities of cross-
functional teams, including product management, R&D, engineering, marketing, and sales, in the
NPD process. Establish clear criteria and decision gates for evaluating and prioritizing new
product ideas and concepts.
4. Identify sources of innovation and ideas for new product development, including customer
feedback, market research, competitive analysis, technological advances, and industry trends.
Foster a culture of innovation and creativity within your organization by encouraging
experimentation, risk-taking, and collaboration across teams and departments.
5. Develop a product portfolio strategy to manage the lifecycle of products and ensure a balanced
mix of new product introductions, product enhancements, and product retirements. Define
criteria for portfolio management, including revenue potential, market growth, competitive
positioning, and strategic fit. Allocate resources and investments strategically to high-potential
growth opportunities.
6. Develop strategies for leveraging technology and digital innovation to enhance product features,
functionality, and user experiences. Explore opportunities for incorporating emerging
technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT),
augmented reality, and virtual reality into your product offerings. Develop partnerships and
collaborations with technology vendors and startups to access cutting-edge capabilities and
expertise.
7. Develop a customer-centric approach to product development and innovation by involving
customers in the co-creation process and soliciting feedback throughout the product lifecycle.
Conduct user research, usability testing, and customer validation to ensure that products meet
customer needs, preferences, and expectations. Implement agile development methodologies to
iterate quickly and adapt to changing customer requirements.
Clickhereto view the grading rubric for this assignment.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and
writing skills, using the following rubric.
Points: 160 Assignment 6: Product Development and Innovation Strategy
Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
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