The global consumer product market is exploding. In 2006 alone, 150,000 new products were brought to market. Now for the bad news: of those, fewer than 5% were hits, and fewer than 15% will even exist five years from now.Written for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking for an inside track on new product development, New Product Development for Dummies offers you a unique opportunity to learn from two consummate insiders the secrets of successfully developing, marketing and making a bundle from a new product or service. You learn proven techniques for sizing up market potential and divining customer needs. You get tested-in-the-trenches strategies for launching a new product or service. And you get a frank, in-depth appraisal of the most challenging issues facing new product developers today, including the need to collaborate with global partners, optimizing technology development for a 21st century marketplace, getting start-up capital in an increasingly competitive environment, and much more. Key topics covered include:Developing a winning NPD strategyGenerating bold new ideas for products and servicesUnderstanding what your customers really wantKeeping projects on track, on budget, and on-timeBuilding effective cross-functional teamsPlanning and executing a blockbuster launchCollaborating with global partnersMaximizing your chances for successNo matter what size or type of business youre in, this book provides you with an unbeatable competitive advantage in the booming global marketplace for new products and services.