Best Practices

The No. 5 Most Important Key to Delivering High-Value Products

Are you researching modern product management or product development tools and solutions? This fifth and final series of practical and tactical tips should be worth your time, as it covers requirements management; test and compliance management; definition, features and specifications management; and comprehensive, business-wide intellectual property organization and management.

Key #5: Reuse information across product lines.

How do you make sure your teams aren’t recreating work that’s already been done? Do you encounter overlap between product versions and projects? What happens when you need to update something absolutely essential, such as security requirements or branding information? How does that info get pushed out to the teams? How do you know that it was incorporated? How do you learn from previous releases and bring that knowledge forward?

For all the complexity of today’s integrated systems, companies develop products as derivatives of one another, with up to 85% of IP staying consistent across product generations.

Imagine how much faster you could get to market if you could bring this knowledge and the best practices associated with it forward. Imagine what it would be like to focus your precious product development resources on innovation instead of info search and rescue missions.

In any product development and management process, IP reuse is essential, but the challenges for many product management tools is in how (or if) product IP gets organized, stored and—more important—contextualized for the teams that need it.

Reuse is an advanced capability, and in Jama, a given that your company can count on for a tremendous competitive advantage. It builds on a mastery of the basics by moving your teams to a central repository, where contributors and stakeholders collaborate to clarify and build strong base specifications. Then, you can add the discipline to successfully start reusing information.

Jama leverages existing IP so that your teams have a head start building new products. Our premise is that once a product goes to market, creating the next one shouldn’t require “reinventing the wheel.”

How does Jama help?

  • You have the ability to reuse complete blocks of IP, including relationships.
  • You will see when IP is being reused.
  • You will see when reused information is out of sync and be able to update it.
  • You can push changes out to project teams.

Only with Jama are you able to capture, contextualize and reuse product IP. Assemble new products by selecting existing component “ingredients.” When one group innovates or improves on an ingredient block, they are able to share that with the organization. Jama monitors usage and change and shows connected users when item variants are out of sync. Product managers can then decide if they want to pull that update into their own product specifications, or Jama can be configured to automatically push updates to connected projects.

Key #5 in a nutshell: Jama offers the industry’s most sophisticated reuse capabilities, making it easy for companies to create a secure, centralized and synchronized IP library that can include requirements, relationships, test cases—anything you’ve created that is valuable building block for other projects.

Product development is complicated and no two companies carry it out in the same way. That’s why Jama is configurable and not one-size-fits-all. If your users are held back by poor usability and functionality, if the tools you’re given to use consistently cause frustration and hinder collaboration, tell us about it. No detail is too small and no situation is too complicated. We’ve helped our customers address and resolve many of the problems you’re currently facing. Let’s talk.