Good Products Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality

  • 4h 15m
  • James L. Adams
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2012

What is the secret behind every successful product? Why are people willing to pay more for a BMW than a Chevrolet? How could Apple iPhones represent only 4% of the world’s cell phone market in 2010 but take in 50% of the profits?

The answer is QUALITY.

In this provocative new book, bestselling author James L. Adams provides a brilliant, in-depth look at the powerful but elusive qualities that can make or break a product’s success. A must-read for managers, designers, manufacturers, engineers, and marketers, this groundbreaking approach will change the way you think about your product—and show you why it’s more important than ever to deliver the highest quality possible.

In Good Products, Bad Products, you’ll learn how to:

  • Maximize your product’s performance—and minimize the cost
  • Appeal to your customer’s emotions—with elegance and sophistication
  • Make sure your product is a perfect fit—that’s human, cultural, and global

With competition growing stronger and fiercer every year, product quality has become the number-one factor in a company’s success. Adams points out that there will always be a stable demand for a high-quality product.

By addressing every aspect of product quality—from the technical to the practical to the aesthetic—you can develop a product that your company will be proud of and your customers will love.

Along the way, you’ll hear fascinating case studies of famous brands that became victims of their own success—like Kodak, IBM, Zenith, and GM—and struggled to recover lost ground. You’ll see how some countries like Japan surged ahead by offering better products than anyone on the globe. You’ll learn how some U.S. manufacturers remained successful in spite of the foreign market’s lower wages. And you’ll also discover the top industry secrets for prioritizing quality throughout the company, delivering products that are the best in their class.

Now more than ever, quality matters. Good Products, Bad Products gives you the edge, so you can give your customers the best product possible.

About the Author

James L. Adams is professor emeritus at Stanford University, where he chaired several programs, taught courses on design and creativity, and participated in many executive programs. Trained as an engineer and artist, he has conducted corporate workshops around the world and has written the bestselling guide to creativity and innovation, Conceptual Blockbusting.

In this Book

  • Products and Quality: What Is the Situation?
  • Problems in Increasing Product Quality: Narrow-Mindedness and Attitudes
  • Performance, Cost, and Price: Is It a Good Deal?
  • Human Fit: Does the Product Fit People?
  • Craftsmanship: Joy to the Maker, Joy to the User
  • Products, Emotions, and Needs: Love, Hate, or Blah?
  • Aesthetics, Elegance, and Sophistication: Wisdom Through Experience
  • Symbolism and Cultural Values: Who Are We?
  • Global Constraints: Does the Product Fit a Finite Earth and Its Inhabitants?
  • Conclusion: What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go?