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Elyssa Pallai

VP Marketing


Digital marketer and translator, Elyssa spends her time putting NPD and engineering concepts into plain english and working on new and meaningful ways to connect with PLAYBOOK's amazing clients.

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The Benefits of Kanban and Gantt for Hardware Development

Elyssa Pallai - 11/8/18 04:17 PM

Why is Gantt and Kanban such a killer combination in hardware development for accelerating projects? Some of you may instantly recoil at the mere...

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Guide to Lean Agile Project Management

Elyssa Pallai - 08/21/18 05:44 PM

Looking to deepen your understanding of Lean Agile project management?

At Playbook we have a number of free resources available in the Knowledge...

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11 Signs You Need to Look at Lean and Agile Process Improvement

Elyssa Pallai - 08/9/18 04:31 PM

Taking a product from idea to launch is not a simple task. Projects are complex and when you are dealing in the world of hardware development, you...

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Lean Project Management (part 4): Managing queues to speed up projects

Elyssa Pallai - 07/31/18 10:57 AM

This is the fourth part of our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware teams.

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Digital Transformation in IoT Means Transcending Traditional Product Development Borders

Elyssa Pallai - 05/15/18 03:51 PM

If you work in product development, the Internet of Things and connected devices are top of mind. The impact of the IoT transcends industry...

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What are the Principles of Lean Product Development?

Elyssa Pallai - 03/1/18 05:45 AM

 

What are the key principles of Lean product development?  Here are seven, that if applied correctly, can transform your product development...

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Playbook Knowledge Center: Applying Agile to Hardware

Elyssa Pallai - 12/5/17 05:41 PM

At PLAYBOOK it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website to help you on...

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Playbook Knowledge Center: Lean Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 11/14/17 04:48 PM

At Playbook it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website to help you on...

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Playbook Knowledge Center: Cost of Delay

Elyssa Pallai - 11/7/17 05:05 PM

At PLAYBOOK it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website. Many of you...

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Eight Short Video Interviews with Don Reinertsen That May Change Your Approach To Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 10/17/17 04:41 PM

Got time to read a book? Lately, neither do I. That's why I was very excited to find these 8 short video interviews with Don Reinertsen. In...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Elon Musk on becoming a multiplanet species

Elyssa Pallai - 10/5/17 05:34 PM

 

Elon Musk wants you to be inspired. He wants you to be inspired by the future. To him, an inspired future means we are a multiplanet species...

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New Product Development: So you want to change the world?

Elyssa Pallai - 08/31/17 07:32 PM

Remember when you wanted to be a super hero?

Not like Superman, but someone who changed the world with great ideas that became cool products. A...

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6 Habits of Highly Successful Lean Product Development Teams

Elyssa Pallai - 08/15/17 04:01 PM
We left school thinking we were going to change the world and then reality hit. The fact is new product development is a complex undertaking, full...
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Where is My (Tesla) Model 3?: Or how manufacturing works by Elon Musk

Elyssa Pallai - 08/3/17 05:28 PM

Where is my Model 3? Apparently Tesla customers are still asking Elon Musk this very question. (He just released the keys to new 30 owners 4 days...

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Best Lean Books: Achieving record speed through effective management of queues and batches

Elyssa Pallai - 07/27/17 04:38 PM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on setting a record pace for product delivery by...

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Innovation and Lean Product Development: Mars anyone?

Elyssa Pallai - 06/27/17 03:59 PM

Technology and innovation is alluring, mystical. And as such, once you’ve worked in an innovative company, with the innovative people that come...

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Best Lean Books: Cost of delay and project economic modeling

Elyssa Pallai - 06/20/17 03:39 PM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on cost of delay and project economic modeling. So,...

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9 Ways to Foster Team Collaboration

Elyssa Pallai - 06/13/17 04:14 PM

News flash. A Harvard Business Review study confirmed what we already knew--team collaboration is hard.

Yes we knew that. But the study also...

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Guide to Lean Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 06/6/17 03:16 PM

Know your current product development process could use a few tweaks or maybe a total overhaul, but don’t know where to start?

We’ve pulled...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Innovators are superheroes

Elyssa Pallai - 05/11/17 04:04 PM

Is this the Renaissance of invention? Have engineers moved from geekdom to superhero status? We think so.

Because of the efforts of engineers and...

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6 Lean Ideas for Transforming Your Approach to Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 04/14/17 05:51 PM

Effective product development teams are proactive learners. They thrive on change and active discovery and problem solving. In this environment,...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Lessons from the most innovative companies

Elyssa Pallai - 04/4/17 04:07 PM

So how do the most innovative companies foster innovation? Google, Amazon and IDEO share their recipes for success here...

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What is Cost of Delay?

Elyssa Pallai - 02/28/17 05:15 PM

What is Cost of Delay?

The Cost of Delay is the amount of money it will cost the company if a product launch is delayed. It’s a metric you need to...
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Visual Management Tools: Manual or software...what's more effective?

Elyssa Pallai - 02/23/17 04:28 PM

Change is hard. There is no doubt about that. However, if you want to create flow among new product development teams, and ultimately speed up...

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Lean and Agile for Hardware - Free eBook

Elyssa Pallai - 02/14/17 06:31 PM

The most obvious difference between hardware and software is that hard goods cannot be undone, twisted, adapted and adjusted at the same rate, or...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Solving the LA Traffic Problem with Flow

Elyssa Pallai - 02/2/17 04:31 PM

New product development and innovation are the lifeblood of your company. This series explores innovation and what can happen when project teams...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Achieving Flow

Elyssa Pallai - 01/26/17 04:45 PM

Creating great products involves problem-solving at every stage of development.  Sometimes the barriers faced by the team seem insurmountable and...

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Visual Project Management Software: Create flow and innovate

Elyssa Pallai - 01/12/17 05:00 PM

As engineers we are empowered to create great things - develop innovations that change the world. In order to make these innovations a reality, we...

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Seven Benefits of Visual Project Management Software

Elyssa Pallai - 01/6/17 11:15 PM

Why is visual project management software critical to your success? 

Visual work management is critical to speeding up your new product...
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Top 10 Lean and Agile Posts From 2016

Elyssa Pallai - 12/13/16 04:44 PM

At the end of each year we compile our list of the top ten Lean and Agile posts. Here’s 2016’s.

So grab a glass of egg nog, make your way to your...

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The Top Causes of Project Delays May Not Be What You Think: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 12/1/16 05:02 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. Why are projects late? We spend a lot of time thinking about this very question at...

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Is your project behind schedule? This could be why.

Elyssa Pallai - 11/1/16 04:37 PM

At PLAYBOOK we spend a lot of time thinking about how to speed up Lean product development projects. In fact, that’s mostly what we do. We take...

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Lean Case Study: SensorLink gets more than they bargained for with their free trial of PLAYBOOK software!

Elyssa Pallai - 10/20/16 04:15 PM

 

We had a chance to talk to Robert Pendergrass, Engineering Manager, about SensorLink's experience with PLAYBOOK.

SensorLink develops advanced...

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Tips for Improving Your Hardware Development Process: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 10/4/16 04:55 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Innovating quickly is on the top of everyone's agenda. But streamlining your hardware development process...

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Time to rethink your hardware development process?

Elyssa Pallai - 09/22/16 07:42 PM

Looking to refine your hardware development process? Here are 7 Lean and Agile principles to refine your process and deliver projects faster...

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What is Lean Project Management for Hardware?

Elyssa Pallai - 09/13/16 04:19 PM

What is Lean project management?

Lean is any process improvement that substantially improves the throughput of your system, sustainably.

So, it is...

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What is Cost of Delay?: PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links

Elyssa Pallai - 09/2/16 05:00 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. What is cost of delay and why should you care? Understanding Cost of Delay is the key to making product...

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Innovation and New Product Development: PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links

Elyssa Pallai - 08/25/16 04:30 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Innovation is on everyone's minds. It's a primary driver of company profit. Here are some interesting...

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Top 6 Hardware Product Development Posts of 2016

Elyssa Pallai - 08/16/16 04:30 PM
In the spirit of celebrating the best of the best, here are our top six gold medal blog posts of 2016. Happy reading...
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Product design innovation - Trends speeding up new product development

Elyssa Pallai - 07/13/16 06:30 PM

You pretty much have to have your head in the sand not to notice the changes in hardware product design innovation and new product development...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: Lean Leadership Training

Elyssa Pallai - 07/7/16 05:39 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Looking to create flow and improve your delivery timelines? In this post we share free Lean leadership...

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Projects are late one day at a time - 7 Lean Principles to make sure yours moves FAST

Elyssa Pallai - 06/28/16 05:02 PM

Projects are late one day at a time.  So, ask yourself, do you and your team know the number one priority for today? Why does speed matter?...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: The Rise of the Robots, Just for fun

Elyssa Pallai - 06/24/16 07:40 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. This post is a bit off the topic of Lean, but totally on topic for everyone interested in integrated...

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Lean visual project management software - Why we love what we do!

Elyssa Pallai - 06/16/16 04:37 PM

 

Let’s face it, Lean project management isn’t a topic that drums up a whole lot of interest in social settings. This is generally what happens. ...

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Agile Hardware Development: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 06/7/16 04:30 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. Can Agile be applied to hardware development? It can. Here are three Lean links that...

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Three Lean Case Studies You Need to Know

Elyssa Pallai - 05/19/16 04:35 PM

PLAYBOOK is proven to create flow and accelerate Lean product development projects. But don't take our word for it. Here are three Lean case...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: Building great product development teams

Elyssa Pallai - 05/17/16 06:05 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. So what makes a great product development team? Here are three Lean links that will...

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Visual Project Management Software

Elyssa Pallai - 05/10/16 05:35 PM

Visual project management is critical for creating flow in your Lean product development projects. If you are working with manual project boards,...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: April 23rd

Elyssa Pallai - 04/23/16 11:00 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. Looking for some new material on Lean thinking? This week we have a smorgasbord of big...

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PLAYBOOK Lean Leadership Training Resources

Elyssa Pallai - 04/14/16 05:00 PM

PLAYBOOK has several FREE resources available for rapid Lean product development learning!  On-demand webinars, eBooks, templates, training...

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eBook: Applying Agile to Hardware Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 03/25/16 04:58 PM

Due to the popularity of our blog series on Applying Agile to hardware new product development projects, we decided to create an easily shareable...

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Lean Case Study: Milwaukee Valve reaps the benefits of Lean transformation

Elyssa Pallai - 03/15/16 04:30 PM

 

Milwaukee Valve won big implementing PLAYBOOK software and Lean project management. This Lean case study demonstrates how Lean transformation...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: March 8

Elyssa Pallai - 03/8/16 04:40 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. This week we look at project risk and embracing uncertainty.  Is a...

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Visual Project Management Software: 2 must have features

Elyssa Pallai - 02/23/16 05:54 PM

The purpose of visual work management software is, among other things, to make knowledge work visible so that it can be effectively managed.

In...

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Why do new product development differently? Get the eBook!

Elyssa Pallai - 02/17/16 06:15 PM

In this post we explore why it's time to do product development differently and introduce you to an apporach that works, Exploratory PD® (ExPD)....

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: February 5th

Elyssa Pallai - 02/5/16 06:54 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. Are you firefighting and multitasking to stay on top of your work? Are...

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Comparing Lean, Agile and Waterfall Project Management Software Tools

Elyssa Pallai - 01/26/16 06:00 PM

In a previous post we discussed that there is no doubt project management methods have evolved and the traditional Phase Gate or Waterfall...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: January 20th

Elyssa Pallai - 01/20/16 09:15 PM

 

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. Looking to stimulate more innovation and agile problem solving in your...

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The Sweet Spot Between Agile and Waterfall Project Management

Elyssa Pallai - 01/12/16 06:00 PM

There is no doubt project management methods have evolved and the traditional Phase Gate or Waterfall approach has gotten a lot of bashing lately....

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8 Lean Product Development Tips to Increase Profit

Elyssa Pallai - 01/7/16 06:00 PM

It makes sense that if you increase speed to market, you increase profit. Unfortunately, organizations are struggling to move hardware development...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: December 11th

Elyssa Pallai - 12/11/15 10:47 PM

 

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. This week we cut straight to the chase with the three most popular blog...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: November 6th, 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 11/6/15 06:32 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. To deliver a great product, you need a great team. This week's Lean Links...

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'Twas the Nightmare Before PLAYBOOK

Elyssa Pallai - 10/30/15 04:45 PM

Davy, the project manager sat alone. Distressed. He leaned over the project plan as he had done so many meetings before, squinting, trying to read...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Links: October 23, 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 10/23/15 10:38 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. One of the key Principles of PLAYBOOK’s Lean Project Management method is...

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With Lean Product Development You Need A Plan!

Elyssa Pallai - 10/22/15 09:35 PM

This is a guest post by Therese Graff from Strategy 2 Market, a PLAYBOOK partner about the importance of planning in Lean product development....

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Why Kanban boards alone don't cut it in lean product development

Elyssa Pallai - 10/20/15 05:18 PM

Have you seen The Martian?

In this movie, Matt Damon is an astronaut stranded on Mars. He wants to get home, but the odds are stacked against him....

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Links: October 16, 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 10/16/15 09:17 PM

 

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. 

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Links: October 9, 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 10/9/15 09:05 PM

 

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. This week we focus on great reads - our favorite lean product...

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Links: October 2, 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 10/2/15 08:07 PM

Welcome to Fall and to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Project Managment Links blog series.

We curate Lean project management links from around the web and...

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PLAYBOOK’s Lean Links: September 25th 2015

Elyssa Pallai - 09/25/15 06:05 PM

Welcome to Fall and to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Project Managment Links blog series.

We will be curating Lean Project Management links from around...

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Silicon Valley Grid Solutions Company Crushes Timelines Using PLAYBOOK

Elyssa Pallai - 09/18/15 07:52 PM
"...PLAYBOOK added that catalytic capability to use all the other pieces in the right way."
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5 Big Ahas of Lean Project Management

Elyssa Pallai - 06/29/15 12:37 PM

Did you know traditional methods of project management supported by software products like Microsoft Project have been around for over 50 years?...

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Top 10 Benefits of Lean Project Management

Elyssa Pallai - 05/27/15 11:11 AM

In this post I want to step back from the details in the series on the underlying principles and why they are so important and instead take a...

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Lean Product Innovation: The Everyday Innovator Interview with David Paulson

Elyssa Pallai - 03/24/15 10:01 AM

David Paulson, our CEO was recently interviewed by

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Lean Innovation Comes in Many Forms at Spectranetics

Elyssa Pallai - 03/11/15 11:30 AM

At PLAYBOOK we are always looking for innovative ways to make projects move forward faster, while increasing project teams' ability to innovate....

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LPPDE Europe 2014 Day 3

Elyssa Pallai - 01/1/15 02:11 PM

Our value added reseller, eBOM, based in Sweden is attending LPPDE Europe and has shared some interesting images and insights into what’s...

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Electronic Visual Work Management Part 2: Strategy 2 Market Gets Lean with PLAYBOOK

Elyssa Pallai - 01/1/15 02:06 PM

This is a guest post from Strategy 2 Market, a PLAYBOOK partner based in Chicago. Strategy 2 Market provides Lean New Product Development...

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Implementing Lean in the Enterprise: Case Studies from LPPDE

Elyssa Pallai - 01/1/15 01:08 PM

This is a guest post by Richard Lindstrom from eBOM, a PLAYBOOK partner based in Sweden. Richard attended the LPPDE conference in Raleigh, North...

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Project Risk Management: Where is the Bull in Your Product Development Process?

Elyssa Pallai - 01/1/15 12:18 PM

This is a guest post by Kathy Morrissey from Strategy 2 Market, a PLAYBOOK partner that specializes in new product development consulting for...

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Stage-Gate Approach To Project Management and Uncovering Risks Early

Elyssa Pallai - 12/31/14 10:59 AM

This is a guest post by Mary Drotar from Strategy 2 Market, a PLAYBOOK partner that specializes in new product development consulting for medical...

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LPPDE North America 2014 - Live Blog

Elyssa Pallai - 09/23/14 06:30 AM

PLAYBOOK is excited to be a sponsor of LPPDE North America which is on now in Raleigh Durham! Today we will be live blogging much of the...

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LPPDE Europe 2014, Copenhagen

Elyssa Pallai - 06/3/14 12:50 PM

Our value added reseller, eBOM, based in Sweden is attending LPPDE Europe and has shared some interesting images and insights into what's...

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Five Things Innovative, Lean and Agile Project Managers are Changing About the Way They Work

Elyssa Pallai - 02/25/14 11:45 AM

Product development should be fun, exciting, predictable, and of course profitable too. At PLAYBOOK we also believe it is possible to have...

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Make a Lean and Agile New Year's Resolution to Complete Projects Faster, Be More Profitable

Elyssa Pallai - 12/29/13 12:59 AM

Project management has evolved, but organizations have remained ‘stuck’ in the old way of doing things, using traditional software tools. It's...

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Oh What A Night! The CU New Venture Challenge

Elyssa Pallai - 11/1/13 03:33 AM

I am so glad I can say that I did not miss the CU New Venture Challenge Pitch Night held in Boulder this evening. It was an evening of creativity,...

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