- How did the coronavirus crisis expose the fragility in today’s product development and supply chain practices?
- Will product companies be able to apply the lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis?
- How should organization prepare today for the “new normal”?
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing many business activities to a near halt. If you work in a product organization, activities that just yesterday were routine are now impossible. You can no longer hold critical design reviews with key product development stakeholders; if you encounter a product manufacturing quality problem you cannot send a team of experts to walk the plant floor to investigate its root cause.
Overnight, the pandemic exposed the fragility of many organizations’ product design and supply chain practices caused by decades of overly lean single-source supply chain strategies and hyper-speed agile product development practices.
Will the coronavirus pandemic be a catalyst of innovation and drive organizations to invest in design collaboration and supply chain practices to minimize disruptions and improve operational resiliency? Or, perhaps, company leadership will focus on weathering the storm and will go back to pre-pandemic practices of leaning product lifecycle processes dangerously close to their breaking point?
This talk will be continued by a live fireside session including a polling of participants’ experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel discussion on the topic will follow.