Agile CPG Innovation with Vivian Rhoads


What I’ve learned is that personal and human development is at the core of everything, so I’ve done a lot more coaching, mentoring, and focusing on individual development. I’ve found great joy in the transformations that I have experienced and seen with people on the team–life changing insights. It’s just incredible.

In this episode, Richard and Peter interview Vivian Rhoads, President of the Women’s Health business unit at Pharmavite. Vivian has adapted ideas and practices from agile software development to build highly-productive innovation teams in the vitamin and supplement space. Vivian’s work at Pharmavite reduced their cycle time for new innovations from a few years down to a few months and increased throughput from a 1 or 2 new products each year to a few dozen. This episode has great insights for anyone trying to take agile beyond the typical software context.

Additional Resources

Agile CPG Innovation: Pharmavite case study
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp
The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

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