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About Rich Sonnenblick

Helping companies large and small leverage the collective wisdom of their R&D teams to make better drugs, medical devices, and innovative products across the globe. CEO of Enrich, makers of Planview Advisor and Planview Advisor Express.
22 06, 2022

Enrich joins Planview!

By |2022-06-22T09:09:23-08:00June 22nd, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

When I started Enrich over two decades ago, my dream was to build a company that helped R&D teams manage uncertainty in new product development. Almost 24 years later, dozens of life science and R&D firms worldwide use our SaaS-based strategic portfolio management tools to leverage the collective wisdom of their staff and make confident, profitable investment decisions. The outsized impact our team has made, and continues to make, on the annual allocation of 100’s of billions in high-stakes R&D investments is so gratifying to me.

Today, I’m excited to announce the next step in our journey. Enrich is joining Planview! Planview’s strength in enterprise agile, portfolio management, and coupling planning to execution is a perfect complement to our strengths at Enrich: analytics for strategic portfolio management that enable best-in-class strategy realization. (more…)

11 09, 2020

Introducing the Enrich Pipeline Explorer

By |2021-09-24T14:15:08-08:00September 11th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Successful innovation groups are always looking for easy ways to broadcast R&D portfolio initiative status to the broader organization. Today we’re officially rolling out the Enrich Pipeline Explorer as a frictionless way for teams already using the Enrich Analytics Platform to share critical project information with their colleagues. With Pipeline Explorer, teams can offload the barrage of questions about project and portfolio timing, status, and risks, providing colleagues with access to an easy-to-navigate application that instantly answers all their questions.

Whether staff are looking for information on a specific initiative, want to browse projects by division or technology platform, or want to create a report via PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat, the Pipeline Explorer is a one-stop solution.

Take a deeper look with the video below. Contact us to learn more.

18 06, 2020

Single Source of Truth, Make Way for a Single Source of Understanding

By |2020-06-18T04:47:28-08:00June 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Make way for ducklings and for a single source of understanding (apologies to Robert McCloskey)

In my last post I covered the essential attributes of an effective single source of truth—a consolidated, reliable source of project information. But simply collecting project details into a centralized vault is not enough for effective R&D decision making. Your single source of truth needs to become a single source of understanding. A single source of understanding moves beyond the (admittedly already ambitious) single source of truth to

  • Drive consensus on what you do and do not know about the cost, risk, and value of your initiatives
  • Resolve (not just surface) disagreements
  • Go beyond “what is” and highlight “what’s changed” since the last discussion
  • Support conversations around available options and their impacts

Is there really a single truth?

It is a cruel irony that you can create a single source of truth, but there is no single truth. Business is fraught with uncertainty, and no one truly knows whether an innovative product will meet engineering specs, cost constraints, customer requirements, or sales expectations. (more…)

25 05, 2020

No Time Like the Present: Finally Ready for a Single Source of Truth?

By |2020-06-01T12:19:54-08:00May 25th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Almost daily, we hear from companies that they want to create “a single source of truth” for R&D portfolio management at their company. Software providers list “single source of truth” as a key feature of their products. And, in the midst of our months-long shelter-in-place, leveraging the collective wisdom of the company to make critical R&D decisions is harder than ever, adding urgency to the need for a single-source of truth.

Like many buzzwords though, “single source of truth” is in need of some clarity: What is it, how do I get one, and is it enough?

If you’re still downloading data to Excel each week so you can update your PowerPoint deck, you’re not reaping the benefits of a single source of truth

What Is a Single Source of Truth?

A “single source of truth” is that one place everyone can turn for decision-relevant information on internal initiatives. It is a compelling alternative to spreadsheets, slide decks, and the other assorted, incomplete, and out-of-date documents scattered hither and yon throughout a company. A single source of truth is different from those other records in several ways: (more…)

16 07, 2019

Bullseye Charts for Complex Landscapes

By |2019-07-16T11:35:34-08:00July 16th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Innovation-driven firms are always on the lookout for effective new ways to communicate the nuances of their product pipeline and competitive position to management, analysts, and the product teams within R&D. While the pipeline charts offered within Enrich Analytics have become a go-to best-practice for our clients, we noticed a few companies building radial charts to describe their portfolios when the number of products, competitors, or market segments became excessive. These charts were painstakingly built within Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator, and took many hours to create, refine, and curate as the landscape evolved.

Enrich now offers bullseye charts as a standard part of both Viewport and the Enrich Analytics Platform. Now users of Enrich Analytics can build these information-dense visualizations in seconds, with just a few clicks of a mouse.

These charts have two advantages over a standard rectangular pipeline or landscape chart:

  1. They can accommodate many more market/product segments as arcs around the bullseye than is possible on the y-axis of a pipeline chart
  2. With more room in the outer rings of the bullseye, they are well-suited to development life-cycles with extensive attrition that generally have fewer items plotted in the inner rings

To learn more about bullseye charts, watch our short (less than four minutes) video below. We look forward to your feedback on these visualizations and the role they play in your portfolio and competitive analyses.

 

22 05, 2019

Making Portfolio Management a Competitive Advantage

By |2019-05-22T16:55:16-08:00May 22nd, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Many companies invest heavily in their project management processes and tools, improving their ability to keep initiatives on-time and on-budget. However, project management pays dividends only if the projects you’ve chosen to undertake have intrinsic value, are aligned with your corporate goals and have sufficient resources invested to take them across the finish line.

Ensuring you are working on the right projects is the raison d’etre of portfolio management.  If your organization carefully chooses projects that balance risk and reward, short- and long-term returns, novel and established technologies, and new and mature markets, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of creating meaningful growth and delighting more and more customers.

In the webinar below, we review some of the best practices in portfolio management from both a process and a tools perspective. You’ll learn:

  • How little data is required to begin practicing effective portfolio management
  • The operational views of project milestones and funding allocation that effectively summarize your portfolio plans
  • How to perform real-time strategic capacity planning that avoids getting bogged down by details
  • Why variance analysis is the key to delivering portfolio insights, and how to do it
  • How scenario analysis can help you across a wide range of decisions from the most tactical to the most strategic and long-term

 

After the webinar, keep learning with these posts:

  1. Comparing and constrasting with waterfall charts
  2. Portfolio management takes less data (and effort) than you think
  3. Innovation starts with a strategy (right?)
17 05, 2019

Upcoming Portfolio Management Conferences in 2019

By |2019-07-27T13:26:16-08:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Are you interested in networking with other innovation professionals and learning about best practices in R&D allocation? Here are three conferences we’ll be sponsoring in the coming months:

Unleashing Innovation, June 13 and 14, Amsterdam

This conference is cross industry, with R&D firms from all over Europe in attendance. We’ve been away for two years and are looking forward to returning to this annual event.

Project & Portfolio Management for Pharma, July 24 and 25, San Francisco

Fleming usually holds this conference on the East Coast, but this year it’ll be in our backyard here in California. We’re looking forward to networking with some of the many start-ups and biotech companies that make their home on the West Coast and may not venture to events in Boston, NYC, or Philadelphia.

Portfolio Management and Strategic Resource Management, October 16-18, Philadelphia

This three-day conference devotes the first day-and-a-half to resource planning challenges before diving into more strategic aspects of portfolio management. While it is focused on drug development and medical devices, there are always a few people from other industries interested in hearing about best-practices from the life sciences.

Finally, CEO Richard Sonnenblick is running a workshop on innovation prioritization for the Innovation Research Interchange in Fort Worth during their Fall Networks Conference in late September. These IRI events are smaller than their semi-annual meetings and are a great place to network with other innovators in medium to large companies around the US.

We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences. If you’d like to arrange a chat while we’re on-site, let us know!

5 09, 2018

Is Sunk Cost Thinking Dooming Your Innovation Portfolio?

By |2018-09-05T16:00:14-08:00September 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Photo: Manivasagan N, https://www.dtnext.in

I’ve written many times that portfolio management is about change: changing attitudes, changing tactics, and changing how you invest your limited funds and focus your talented teams. We all know change is difficult, leading us away from a known environment and into an unknown future. But the issue at hand is more than a simple case of the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t.

Sunk cost thinking makes change even more challenging. Once we are working on a project our tendency, as humans, is to keep working on it. This remains true even when we are faced with mounting evidence that the project outcome will not live up to our expectations. We all have an innate tendency to look backwards (at what we’ve invested) while we look forwards (and decide how much more to invest), and this leads us to limit our options time and time again. Consider these individual examples (collected in the fantastic book Essentialism by Greg McKeown): (more…)

29 08, 2018

Manage risks, but don’t eliminate them

By |2018-08-29T20:43:26-08:00August 29th, 2018|Blog|3 Comments

Wait, what? When is it bad to eliminate risks? Many companies we speak with are keen to score their portfolio of initiatives across a number of dimensions like:

  • Strategic fit
  • Market value
  • Development cost
  • Technical risk
  • Commercial risk

So far so good. The process goes awry when teams, seduced by the idea of simplicity, distill all the dimensions into a single score for each project. High strategic fit and market value are “good” and increase the score, while high cost and risk are “bad” and reduce the score.

And therein lies the problem. This single score approach will always reward low-cost, low-risk projects. Likely outcomes of prioritizing by this single score include: (more…)

8 08, 2018

Comparing and Contrasting with Waterfall Charts

By |2018-08-08T15:31:20-08:00August 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We’ve mentioned waterfall charts in several blog posts, notably posts that focus on scenario and variance analysis. Because we have a number of different ways to generate waterfall views within Enrich Analytics, creating a video that describes ‘all the waterfalls’ has been on our to-do list for some time.

You can see the video for yourself, below. It’s a good refresher, even for those who have used the Enrich Analytics Platform or Enrich Viewport for years. (more…)

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