Product strategy defines the direction of a company’s innovation and new product development activities.

Global expansion has run its course and global markets are reaching the saturation point.

  • Companies must expand by innovating new product categories. 
  • The growth trajectory is to harness product strategy and planning as a competitive differentiator.

Product strategy defines what products to develop, as well as how and when.

  • With new operational models that leverage global manufacturing and design partners, a company can be a very effective competitor with limited financial resources. 
  • Product strategy is the key capability that cannot be outsourced.
Meet the Expert

John Carter

Principal, TCGen, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA
  • English

About John

  • Advises Fortune 500 companies in the areas of strategy, research, development, operations, and marketing (Apple, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, IBM, 3M, NetApp, Riverbed, and Xerox)
  • Chief Engineer, Bose Corporation
  • Board of Directors of Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS)
  • Faculty at Case Western’s Executive program; speaker at MIT and Stanford University

Experience

Principal • TCGen, Inc.
2001 — Present
  • TCGen is an experienced-based management consulting and M&A advisory firm
  • Enables organization to grow the top line by acquisition
  • Creating new products faster and grow the bottom line by executing more efficiently
Principal • PDC, Inc.
1990 — 2000
  • Founding Principal of Product Development Consulting, Inc.
  • Companies of all sizes in all industries creating market-winning product portfolios using a customer-centric innovation management approach. Product development spectrum, from portfolio management and collaboration to product definition and metrics.
  • Clients: Abbott, Agilent, Apple, Baxter, BD, Bose, Cisco, Corning, Kodak, HP, IBM, Medtronic, Stanley, TI, UPS, WD, 3M
Chief Engineer • Bose Corporation
1977 — 1989
  • Managed the development of technologies such as the “Acoustic Wave Music System”, “Wave Radio”, “Lifestyle Home Theatre”, “Noise Reduction Headphone”
  • Initial contributor in BOSE’s entry into the automobile OEM business
  • Led the product and business development of BOSE’s patented noise reduction technology for the military market
  • Co-Inventor of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphone

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Electrical Engineering, 1978
Harvey Mudd College
BS, Engineering, 1976

Boards

  • Board of Directors, Audit and Compensation Committees - Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS) (Sep 2009 - Present).  A fabless semiconductor company, develops high-precision, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for a broad range of audio and energy markets.  FY2013 Revenues - $809M.
  • Advisor to the International Association of Product Development, the Gordon Institute, and the Management Roundtable.

Keynote Speeches

  • Paradigms Lost: Project Management in an Increasingly Disruptive World,  PMI Silicon Valley Symposium, October 2013
  • Using Social Networks to Extend the Product Development Team & Create a Competitive Advantage for Your Business, Project Management Institute - Annual Symposium, September 2010
  • Product Creation Best Practices “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, IEEE, June 2009
  • Predictive Management Metrics, Clean Tech Open, June 2009
  • DOING THE MATH - How to Estimate and Manage Results, IEEE CNSV, December 2009

Academia

  • Faculty at Case Western Reserve University’s Executive program
  • Speaker at MIT and Stanford University

Publications

Innovate Products Faster - by John Carter and Jeanne Bradford; Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing (April 2012)

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Siemens Smart Grid Software
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