In 1986, Dr. Robert Cooper and Dr. Scott Edgett introduced the Stage-Gate® methodology, which formalized the approach for new product development. This best practice offers guidelines for running effective stage gate meetings.
In the Stage Gate process, each information-gathering stage consists of a series of activities (simultaneously performed by the various respective roles in the organization), ideally a brief team analysis of the results of the activities, and production of a set of deliverables for that stage. The stage is followed by a gate, which is a meeting to review the results and deliverables of the stage, and assess whether the development project should continue to the next stage. This is also a good time to re-prioritize if necessary.
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