In this recent interview with Brandchannel, our Managing Director elaborates on our new book, Jobs to be Done. The book looks at the gaps where traditional research, predictions, and focus groups fail—and how organizations can create products that truly resonate with their customers.
When entrepreneurs introduce new products to the market, their passion and conviction often leads them to assume that every potential customer will see the immediate need and value, and will quickly adopt the solution. They are devastated when their business growth never starts or stalls, and they have no idea how to get it moving again.
In his latest Huffington Post article, Marty Zwilling summarizes ten obstacles to product adoption, adapted from our latest book Jobs to be Done. These obstacles include:
Our Managing Director was recently interviewed for a Heleo Conversation with Sunand Menon, the president and founder of innovation execution firm New Media Insight LLC. They discussed the importance of broadening your perspective and thinking outside the box in order to accomplish both professional and personal goals.
A Donald Trump presidency throws many business plans into disarray. Consider the example of a medical technology company where I spent the day after the election. Our medtech client has spent years adapting both its products and commercial model to the Affordable Care Act and now…who knows? Trump spelled out very little about his healthcare plans, as with policies affecting many industries, and it’s impossible to say what will really happen. But dramatic change is certainly possible.
What is this company to do? Should it ratchet back long-term spending and just try to milk profits in the short-term? Should it go full-steam ahead? In our latest article for Forbes, we discuss two principles for dealing with any type of uncertainty.
This post was written by Steve Wunker.
The shock of Donald Trump’s upset win is settling in, and we look forward to innumerable post-mortems on how forecast models went astray. The assumption is that next time we’ll have more precise predictions. But what if that faith is misplaced? After all, missing forecasts happens all the time in the private sector, whether companies end up with a runaway hit or a total bust. What can we learn from Trump’s stunner that won’t just tweak our prediction models, but cause us to fundamentally re-think them?
This article was written by Steve Wunker.
With more and more companies adding “jobs to be done” to their innovation tool kits, the amount of misinformation about Jobs Theory has grown enormously. Clayton Christensen – the Harvard Business School professor credited with popularizing the theory – has repeatedly spoken of the need to get the theory right and to be careful in how we use the terms associated with the theory. If we’re not clear about the boundaries of the theory and how we use words such as “jobs,” he warns, the theory can lose its predictive power and its utility. In the spirit of keeping the theory well-defined, we’ve decided to bust three common myths we’ve heard about “jobs to be done”:
Read more in our latest article for Forbes.
This article was written by Steve Wunker and Dave Farber.
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