Succeeding in today's rapidly evolving digital world requires the creation of new kinds of products. Every new product is launched with great optimism, but sadly many crash and burn. Here are some recent more public failures, each of which no doubt had a smart team and significant resources behind development and marketing:
Of course, successful innovation requires the willingness to take risks and embrace failure. But it's still smart to try to find product development approaches that increase the chance of success. While there is no surefire formula for product success, there is a formula for product failure. The failure formula is to disregard one or more of the critical attributes of product strategy.
At FROM we have over fifteen years experience creating successful products with our clients and part of that success is attributable to a model we use to ensure product concepts are tested against twelve key factors before being put into development.
Whether you are about to add a new feature or launch a major new product, it is vital that you have an accurate assessment of your market readiness to move forward. If the answers to some of these quesitons are unclear, its critical to get them clarified before committing too much to the product. If the answers seem unfavorable, remember "facts are friendly," Few people plan to fail. Knowing the challenges you face in advance is the key to making good decisions--either to abandon the product or find a way to shift the vision so as to align with the critical success factors.