SG Navigator

The Navigator™ product, authored by Stage-Gate® creators Dr. Robert Cooper and Dr. Scott Edgett, along with our professional product designers, developers and implementation consultants, is available exclusively through the official Stage-Gate company. Ready for immediate application, this editable content pack supports all of your organization’s product development project teams through the best-in-class Stage-Gate approach.

Benefits of Navigator™?

  • An authentic interpretation of how the Stage-Gate Best Practice Model should be operationalized and applied
  • An intuitive HTML user interface that guides product development teams through practical yet value-adding activities
  • Two transparent roadmaps with right-sized process rigor to steer (high risk and low risk) projects from idea inception to market launch
  • Numerous tips, worksheets, templates and guides to manage expectations and enable just-in-time learning to accelerate contributions by newcomers to product development
  • Improve the quality and execution of all product development and innovation projects immediately
  • Coordinate work of all functions using one, common and unbiased model (opposed to forcing all functions to adopt another function’s development method)
  • Save time, money and effort by overcoming typical obstacles faced when trying to transform an organization-wide innovation process

A Look Inside…

Operational Idea-to-Launch Roadmaps apply the value-adding functional and cross-functional activities in the sequence proven to drive the best in-market success.

Practical Worksheets guide the seamless integration of three key developments: Product (develop a winning product), Project (maximize team effectiveness) and Business (maximize business impact).

Operational Idea-to-Launch Roadmaps

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Executive Summary Gate Deliverable Templates

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Executive Summary Gate Deliverable Templates facilitate robust investment evaluations and rich alignment discussions that engage senior managers during Gates.

Genuine Gate Meeting Formats guide focused, objective, fact-based decision making, project prioritization and resource allocation.

Purpose-Built Design emphasizes speed through rapid and informed decision making at the business, project and product levels:

  • Go/Kill Gate decisions
  • Cross-functional collaboration and trade-off decisions
  • Rapid product prototyping and definition iterations
Purpose-Built Design

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Stage-Gate Navigator Examples

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Examples bring life to the worksheets and templates by setting quality expectations.

Process Learnings Feedback Loop captures valuable process improvement ideas one Post Launch Review retrospective at a time, so the organization can benefit from the retained learnings in Navigator™.

The Many Ways Companies Use Navigator™

  • Guide Project Success
    • Lead a new, important but high-risk product or technology innovation projects to success
    • Coordinate a new supplier or partner through a co-development project
    • Train new innovators to use best practice templates and tools to perform high quality innovation project work
  • Guide Program Success
    • Steer new-to-company projects born from the introduction of a new business strategy
    • Coordinate and accelerate a new program of projects to success
  • Guide Portfolio Success
    • Streamline and accelerate a process roadmap to guide many similar project types
    • Differentiate project classification types within a portfolio to enable process routing and right-sizing process rigor
  • Guide Organization Success
    • A Reference Guide from which to draw new, improved innovation practices
    • A Stage-Gate Process Model Prototype to jump start a cross-functional review and design of a new organization-wide innovation process to coordinate functional work streams
    • A Blueprint to accelerate the configuration of innovation management software

“Merely having a formal new product development process in place has no impact whatsoever it is the nature of the process – the ingredients built in and the conscientious implementation of the process that makes the difference.”

– Dr. Scott J. Edgett, World-renowned Innovation Expert

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Build support to jumpstart your Stage-Gate® implementation with Navigator™.