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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Help - Pace in Industry

For a few upcoming presentations, I would love to be able to cite how much faster things are moving today for corporations than in the past. Certainly, we all are seeing and feeling it. Yet, I've been struggling to find good charts, graphs, quotes, etc. that show examples of:
  • Trends in the number of new products introduced
  • Trends in the time it takes from concept through launch and lifetime of new products
  • Other aspects of the pace for corporate entities
I saw an interesting article that talked about the concept of "corporate clock speed" and they generally said that it was ever increasing, but how about some proof.

For example, is there a source that shows the number of new car models introduced each year?

What would capture the fact that corporate environments are moving at a faster pace?

Update - here's an example that came from one of the comments that shows roughly the kind of thing I'm going for. It shows that while chips are becoming ever more complex (number of gates), the time taken to design them is ever shorter. Further there are more and more chips coming out. Any others?


Aloof Schipperke said...

My recent past was in computer hardware system design. The design cycles have been steadily shortening for many years. I watched a shift from over 18 months to 6 months over the course of a couple years.

I found a couple web pages with some potentially useful graphical information. It's an interesting topic. I would have hunted more down, but dinner calls.


Hope it helps.

Anonymous said...

This recent post of mine might be relevant to this conversation.

Wendy said...

Not just design cycles for software are shortening - implementation cycles are too (and not for the better....). Planning is given ever shorter shrift.

Case in point - my organization implemented the Electronic Medical Record for a small group of 100 people in 2 years. 4 years later - the major upgrade (essentially a completely new system requiring new workflows) had a 60 day upgrade planned for 1500 some odd people and actually happened in 6 months due to software bugs.

Read my May archives (and many other posts) for what this looks like.

Please contact me offline for more information and specifics.

Anonymous said...

Tony, Frans Johansson, one of the keynotes at DevLearn (The Medici Effect)showed a stat on the average number of years a company was listed as a publicly traded company. Basically it was like 24 years or something in the past, and now it's like 7 years. I obviously don't remember the exact data, but I think this would be directly relevant to your request if you can track down the specifics.