Jim Williams

Senior Practice Manager, Product Development, Seattle, USA

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.

Publications

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

Sustainable design

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.