Ask which are the most useful tools for R&D Management and you will find it is a very subjective question. However, in talking to a range of practitioners we have found that some powerful tools and techniques are not widely used by others working in this field, so the Trustees of RADMA have decided to try and share this knowledge by conducting a survey.
So below is a list of some of the tools that members of RADMA have found useful – this is just a starting point and we hope that others will contribute their ‘favourites’.
- Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
- Kano Model
- Net Present Value (NPV)
- Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
- Scenario planning
- Scoring methods for technology and project prioritisation
- Stage-Gate Product Innovation Process
- TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving)
If some of the tools are not familiar to you then we have a brief description on this page – Are these the best tools for R&D Management?
Deciding on this selection created a lot of debate – when is a tool a technique? Should proprietary tools be included? When does an tool become a generic management approach…..?
We would appreciate your input so please in the survey below indicate which tools you have used yourself and then nominate one (or more) that you wouldn’t want to be without and give a reason why it should be included.
Findings from the survey will be compiled and a list of the most useful tools announced at the R&D Management Conference 2020, which will be the 40th Conference.