Track

Product (Category) Portfolio Management

DESCRIPTION

Creating the optimal category mix is increasingly important for the business. On one hand, extending the product portfolio can jeopardize the focus on the existing core business. On this note, if we are moving into new markets, which we do not necessarily have extensive knowledge about, can we risk that our efforts are too limited? Furthermore, how to assess when a product category is too far away from the core business area to be of interest to the company? The focus will be on handling these problems, and also how to mitigate the inherent risks of being dependent on a few products. Additional focus will be on managing key products while introducing new product categories.

SPECIFIC ISSUES AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO MAKE DECISIONS

Defensive strategies:

  • How do we maintain market leadership in our existing categories, when adjacent categories might enter our category?

Aggressive strategies:

  • Can we increase the turnover ratio of new, profitable products? How is the entire innovation handled best?
  • Should we develop new products on our own, or should we do it via partnering?
  • What are the criteria for upcoming product category expansions?
  • Small changes can make existing products service entirely different markets – should this be done, or should the current focus be maintained?

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Peer Workshops

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We carefully match you with other executives and handpick relevant expert advisors for each track: an orchestrated – and fully confidential – workshop process, designed to solve your specific business challenge. Matches are made based on industry, business challenge, and to avoid potential conflicts of interest. All participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

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Individual Preparations

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Preparations are done with each executive individually to ensure full focus on your business challenge. Expert advisors help to frame the issues, establish the facts, and prepare the questions that need to be answered. After the preparation meeting, our facilitator created a summary fact sheet for each executive which will serve as a foundation for the group discussion.

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Based on the group’s feedback, the facilitator prepares the agenda for the (3-hour) online workshop. After the workshop, key discussion points are documented and added to the Expeerience online platform which participants use to validate the findings and ask follow-up questions.

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The facilitator prepares a concluding report that highlights the main topics, summarizes discussions, and presents conclusive advice including both best practices and risks. The report can be used directly or as a basis for further elaborations and/or implementation projects.

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Each organization is different and specific needs change over time. Expeerience provides an enterprise-level online platform together and process framework, along with facilitation and support services to ensure that initiatives carried through to completion and not lost in the swirl of daily business.

Using a combination of workshops and online discussions gives participants the greatest level of flexibility while ensuring that questions are answered promptly and focus is maintained.

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In addition to a comprehensive report containing actionable conclusions, enterprise customers each have a dedicated area of the Expeerience platform for their exclusive use. The Expeerience enterprise process can be extended either by repeating specific workshops, or by moving the remaining dialog to the online discussion forum of the platform – or a combination. Enterprise customers may give access to any number of employees or partners as part of their enterprise agreement.

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