Chapter 6. Methods and Frameworks – Building Adaptive Foresight Skills

5. Execution (Product thinking)

Key Practice Specialties and Communities for Adaptive Foresight


Key Execution-Associated Practitioner Methods

Agile Software Development and Lean Product Development
Iterative and incremental product development methods, time-boxed sprints, and rapid user feedback.

Computer-Aided Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing (CAD, CAE, CAM)
Computer-based software and systems for product design, engineering, and manufacturing.

Enterprise Resource Planning
Integrated suite of management apps for product development, supply chain, and workflow.

Lean Manufacturing
Waste-reducing manufacturing, with the firm’s resources aligned to customer value production.

Objectives and Expectations Setting (Chartering)
Clarifying the proposed objectives of foresight work, managing team expectations for the process.

Project Management Software
Software that helps with project estimation, planning, cost control, collaboration, and administration.

Project Selection
Research and deliberation to define the project (collaborative plan) for proposed foresight work.

Quick Response Manufacturing
Management strategies and tools to shorten lead times and focus efforts on bottlenecks (critical paths).

Resilient Control Systems and Reliability Centered Maintenance
Methods to achieve target levels of resiliency and reliability in business processes and assets.

Task Management Systems
Methods and software to organize, prioritize, and execute your daily actions (e.g. GTD, OmniFocus).

Work Environment Selection
Creating an online and physical work or retreat environment conducive to good foresight process.

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