Jim Williams, based in McKinsey's Seattle office, is the Senior Practice Manager for the Product Development practice in the Americas. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Jim is an expert on a range of product development topics, including Design-to-Value methodologies, product management, and innovation portfolios.
Turn product managers into super conductors
Product management has never been more difficult—or more important to get right.
Brainstorming that works
Good ideas can come from brainstorming, but the most innovative ones lie at the intersection of three lenses.
Six ways to refresh your product pipeline
Try these approaches to stretch your thinking and tap into new sources of inspiration for your products.
From expectations to specifications: fact base required!
Products fail needlessly, most often due to a fundamental failure of companies to understand their customers' true needs
From ideas to launch: Product development benchmarks
Consumer products, health care and pharmaceuticals show interesting trends in product development, benchmarking data suggests
Accelerating time to market: the mastery of processes and resources
There are multiple opportunities to reduce time to market with the right approach
Designing products for value
Combined insights about customers, competitors and costs are helping some leading companies find the "sweet spot" in product development
The pressure is on to produce greener products, but they must be both economically viable and environmentally friendly
Why you need a CTO—and how to make her successful
Feeling unprepared for technical disruption? A well-structured role for a chief technology officer is a first line of defense.