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Eric Graves

Aerospace and mechanical engineer turned NPD systems engineer, Eric spends his time engineering better product develop systems, using PLAYBOOK as his tool of choice!

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Resource loading: Get it right, launch early

Eric Graves - 10/11/18 05:53 PM

Resource loading is a critical project metric. Get it wrong and you could inadvertently commit to a seriously unrealistic project launch date....

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Lean project management (part 7): Getting project priorities correct is critical to your team's success

Eric Graves - 08/16/18 11:15 AM

This is the seventh part of our series on Lean Project Management.In this part, we discuss the definition and cost of multitasking. In addition we...

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Lean Project Management (part 6): How managing tasks in a pull system vastly improves your speed to market

Eric Graves - 08/7/18 01:00 PM

Welcome to Part 6 of our series on Lean Project Management. In this part, we clarify pull and push in a development system, and show the...

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Lean Project Management (Part 5): Managing resources and resource conflicts

Eric Graves - 08/2/18 02:09 PM

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

In this post, Part 5,...

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Lean Agile Project Management (part 3): Visual work management

Eric Graves - 07/26/18 10:34 AM

This is the third part of our series on Lean product development, Lean project management and visual work management for hardware teams.

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Lean Agile Project Management (Part 2): Which Lean practices deliver the highest ROI?

Eric Graves - 07/19/18 05:47 PM

Feeling like you are using the wrong tools to achieve your product development goals?

This is Part 2 of a series of posts on Lean product...

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Lean Project Management: What is Lean Project Management?

Eric Graves - 07/19/18 12:12 PM

What is Lean Project Management?

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

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What is Lean Agile Project Management? (Part 1)

Eric Graves - 07/17/18 11:48 AM

Feeling like you are using the wrong tools to achieve your product development goals?

This is Part 1 of a series of posts on Lean Agile Project...

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Architectural Runway and WSJF

Eric Graves - 10/24/17 03:33 PM

What is an architectural runway?

Designing a new product with an architectural runway means supporting the business' ability to "land" new...

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WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) and How to Calculate It

Eric Graves - 09/28/17 03:57 PM

In life, sometimes it just seems easier to continue doing things the way we are used to instead of seeking new approaches that may cause the...

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Cost of Delay: 14 Critical success factors for building an economic model (part 10)

Eric Graves - 03/9/17 06:30 PM

This is Part 10 in a 10-part series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic...

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Cost of Delay: 8 ways to increase certainty in new product development decisions (part 9)

Eric Graves - 03/1/17 06:30 PM

This is Part 9 in a 10-part series of posts discussing the Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on...

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Cost of delay: Calculating economic value to increase profit (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 02/28/17 07:26 PM

This is Part 7 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic analysis.

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Cost of Delay: Risk in economic modeling (part 6)

Eric Graves - 02/27/17 04:02 PM

This is Part 6 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic...

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Lean Project Management

Eric Graves - 02/2/17 06:55 PM

Feeling like you are using the wrong tools to achieve your product development goals?

This is Part 1 of a series of posts on Lean Project...

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Cost of Delay Examples (Part 5)

Eric Graves - 01/30/17 06:43 PM

This is Part 5 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic...

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What is Cost of Delay? (Part 2)

Eric Graves - 01/24/17 10:05 PM

This is Part 2 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic...

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Cost of Delay: Estimating the Impact of Sales Volume, Unit Costs and Development Cost Changes (Part 4)

Eric Graves - 01/20/17 04:39 PM

This is Part 4 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic...

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Cost of Delay: How to Calculate It

Eric Graves - 01/9/17 04:13 PM

How to calculate the Cost of Delay

Here is a simple formula for quickly estimating Cost of Delay: the profit lost per-month of delay.

Total COD =...

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Introduction to Cost of Delay (Part 1)

Eric Graves - 01/9/17 04:12 PM

This is Part 1 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic...

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (Part 6)

Eric Graves - 12/15/16 04:00 PM

This series is a comprehensive review of Agile and how to apply Agile to hardware product development. We look at which Agile Principles work in...

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Agile Hardware Development (part 5)

Eric Graves - 12/1/16 06:23 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles to hardware, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (Part 4)

Eric Graves - 11/29/16 06:22 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles to hardware, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (part 3)

Eric Graves - 11/22/16 06:21 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (Part 2)

Eric Graves - 11/15/16 02:26 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (part 1)

Eric Graves - 11/8/16 06:30 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

This series is...

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Setting a target launch date (project baseline) too early is a recipe for project delays

Eric Graves - 11/3/16 04:31 PM

Lean methods and Agile principles recognize that it’s almost impossible to get anything absolutely right the first time. Testing and iterating are...

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Agile Hardware Development (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 11/1/16 05:25 PM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

This series is...

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Why is Your Hardware Development Project Late?

Eric Graves - 10/25/16 04:15 PM

The project team is falling behind schedule at a rapid rate. The major milestones and planned launch date are becoming further out of reach. You...

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Risk Management for Hardware (Part 12): Risk Mitigation Strategy

Eric Graves - 10/18/16 04:15 PM

Making the trade-off between scope, schedule, and cost, and making decisions that maximize the top-level goal of making a profit is at the heart...

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Risk Management for Hardware (Part 11): Risk mitigation strategy

Eric Graves - 09/27/16 09:55 PM

In this post we get to the third step in the risk management process, our approach to risk mitigation. The goal of this step is to establish a...

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What is Lean Product Development?

Eric Graves - 09/21/16 03:34 PM

What is Lean Product Development?  The Lean landscape is confusing because there are many flavors of Lean. But here is our definition...

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Project Management Resource Leveling for Hardware Teams - It's Critical!

Eric Graves - 08/30/16 06:05 PM

What is Resorce Leveling?

Resource leveling in and across projects is traditionally defined as “The process of using a company's resources in the...

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Project Risk Management for Hardware Development: How to Calculate Risk Exposure (Part 10)

Eric Graves - 08/11/16 05:02 PM

This is Part 10 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In this post we demonstrate how to calculate risk exposure. When done...

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Risk Management for Hardware Development: Objects impacted and taking a modular approach to architecture (Part 9)

Eric Graves - 08/2/16 03:46 PM

This is Part 9 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In risk analysis, it's critical to capture the objects impacted by a...

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Project Risk Management in Hardware Development: How to define risk drivers and prioritize them

Eric Graves - 06/21/16 04:30 PM

This is Part 8 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In the last post, we explored risk drivers. In this post, we use a...

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Project Risk Management for Hardware Development: The 5 Whys technique for discovering risk drivers (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 06/9/16 06:23 PM

This is Part 7 of our series on project risk management. In our last post explored Step 1: Risk identification. Next we begin the analysis phase...

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Project Risk Management: Risk identification and risk capture (Part 6)

Eric Graves - 05/12/16 04:34 PM

This is Part 6 of our series on project risk management for hardware product development. In our last post we explored the project risk management...

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Project Risk Management: How to effectively navigate risks in hardware development projects! (Part 5)

Eric Graves - 05/3/16 04:41 PM

This is Part 5 of our series on project risk management for hardware product development.  Now that we have confirmed risk management has a high...

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Project Risk in Hardware Development: The return on investment (Part 4)

Eric Graves - 04/26/16 06:53 PM

This is Part 4 of our series on project risk management for hardware product development.  In this part, we look at the return on investment of...

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8 Tips for Achieving Flow in Lean Product Development Projects

Eric Graves - 04/21/16 05:00 PM

Achieving project flow is what enables project teams to have greater confidence task completion and launch dates. At PLAYBOOK, we have found that...

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Project Risk Management for Hardware Development: Examples of project risks (Part 3)

Eric Graves - 04/7/16 06:21 PM

This is Part 3 of the PLAYBOOK series on project risk management for hardware product development. In Part 3 we look at another key piece of...

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Project Risk in Hardware Development: Project Objectives (Part 2)

Eric Graves - 03/17/16 05:11 PM

 

Evaluating risks starts by defining and understanding a project’s objectives. If there aren’t any objectives, there are no risks, and if the...

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Project Risk in Hardware Development Development (Part 1): Defining project risk

Eric Graves - 03/1/16 06:45 PM

While on a recent trip to New Zealand to ramp up a new client, I took a little time after work to see some sights. Coincidently, I was also...

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Agile vs. Waterfall in Hardware Product Development

Eric Graves - 02/26/16 06:00 PM

Recently I came across an article on the Dummies.com website comparing the traditional Waterfall method (Phased and Gated) to the Agile method of...

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Four Agile Product Development Techniques That DON’T Work for Hardware and Why

Eric Graves - 02/2/16 06:40 PM

At PLAYBOOK, creating velocity in hardware product development projects has been our passion for 18 years. As a result, we’ve analyzed Agile and...

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One Way to Prevent Lean and Agile Project Delays You Need to Know

Eric Graves - 12/1/15 07:39 PM

Sometimes we are asked to do more than just implement and support PLAYBOOK. At times, we actually get to manage, or co-manage, real projects....

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The 5 New Rules of Engagement for Lean Project Management

Eric Graves - 07/31/15 11:00 AM

I recently read the new book Team of Teams – New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, by General Stanley McChrystal. I’d like to share some of...

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11 Lean Project Management Tips for Achieving Your Project Launch Date

Eric Graves - 07/14/15 08:01 PM

I heard recently some people in software development were proposing that there be ‘no projects’, because ‘projects’ create batches and stifle...

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Applying Lean Startup Principles to Hardware Development: The importance of small batch sizes in early learning

Eric Graves - 05/20/14 05:49 PM

This is the fourth post in our series on Lean Startup Principles and how they apply to Hardware Product Development in R&D.

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Applying Lean Startup Principles to Hardware Development (part 3): Small batch sizes and early learning

Eric Graves - 05/1/14 05:55 PM

This is the third post in our series on Applying Lean Startup Principles to hardware product development.

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Applying Lean Startup Principles to Hardware: Part 2

Eric Graves - 04/24/14 05:30 PM

This is the second post in our series on Lean Startup principles and how they apply to New Product Development in R&D. The series is exploring the...

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Applying Lean Startup Principles to Hardware Development (part 1):

Eric Graves - 03/20/14 06:19 PM

There has been a lot of discussion about Lean Startup principles and whether they apply to hardware product development.

At Playbook, we have the...

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Cost of Delay: New product development decisions value and risk (Part 8)

Eric Graves - 02/19/14 07:27 PM

This is Part 8 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic analysis.

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Cost of Delay: Moneyball, Brad Pitt, and evaluating value in new product development (part 7)

Eric Graves - 02/1/14 09:26 PM

Over the past several weeks we have been discussing how to increase company profit by using Cost of Delay and economic analysis to make more...

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Lean and Agile New Product Development Systems and How They Parallel a Fighter Jet Flight System

Eric Graves - 11/16/13 09:27 PM

Being an Aerospace Engineer by training, I find some parallels from time to time between product development systems and flight systems. One that...

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11 Lean and Agile Tips for Achieving Your Project Launch Date

Eric Graves - 10/19/13 09:09 AM

I heard recently some people in software development proposing that there be "no projects," because projects create batches and stifle flow. Being...

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Changing Mindsets by Applying PLAYBOOK Methods at Work and at Home

Eric Graves - 09/12/13 09:11 AM

Hello world! This is my first entry into the blogging business. I hope to have many great discussions with you. Please allow me to introduce...

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