Sharpening the blade

When organizations bring together their top talent on projects to develop new products and services, the outcome--if appropriately planned and managed--can invigorate the organization's environment and strengthen its competitiveness. This article examines the result of HP's effort to bring together its top software talent--some of whom have organizational heritages dating back to the numerous companies HP has acquired--to develop a portfolio of new server products, a portfolio better known as BladeSystem c-Class. In doing so, it explains the need to develop a new system for managing data-center servers; it defines the four goals HP identified for the 13 products comprising its BladeSystem portfolio. It explains the challenges the project team faced in implementing this portfolio and the processes HP used to collect--from across the company--ideas for these products and to develop and manage the individual project teams that came to comprise the larger, extended BladeSystem project team. It also identifies HP'
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