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Developing a new product can be an exciting process for your team; it can also be disastrous if the process is absent of outside perspectives. One of the most important aspects of the development stage is to actively seek out a new perspective on product ideas.
All too often, managers become too comfortable with their existing team. While your employees have gained invaluable experience learned from working at your company, an outside, unbiased outlook and opinion on your proposed new product is essential. New viewpoints offer insights you aren’t likely to get from existing employees, and can reflect the reaction some of your intended target clientele may have. This allows you to alter your new product based on relevant reviews from fresh perspectives.
It is important to keep the idea funnels wide open. Keep your finger on the pulse of your marketplace in order to not miss any untapped opportunities. This approach widens the innovation highway, allowing multiple and diverse opinions to help you determine the best possible result for your new product.
New product development is a long and challenging process. Acknowledging that your market is inherently diverse and welcoming reviews from each and every demographic will ensure the most universally appealing product for your company. Keeping an open mind to new ideas is one of the single best approaches you can take towards developing new products in the future.
Innovation is a complex concept to fully, genuinely grasp. Look for Robert’s Rules of Innovation to understand more about the key to your company’s survival.