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Lean Upstream (1 Day Class)

New products and services are the lifeblood of most companies. Without new products, existing offerings become stale or obsolete as markets shift, customer needs or tastes change, and competitors appear. If products are not renewed, you don’t survive. No amount of shop floor kaizen can change that. Plus, the greatest opportunity to create value for customers is in the early stages of the product lifecycle – the design and development of the product and the processes required to produce it – before it reaches the production floor. Tremendous opportunity exists there to enhance their competitiveness by shortening time-to-market, improving design quality and cost, and doing so efficiently and reliably.   

This one-day interactive session is designed to give you critical insight into applying lean thinking upstream in the product lifecycle. You’ll learn foundational principles of Lean Product and Process Development and hear examples of organizational learning like that of Ford Motor Company whose turnaround in recent years owes much to the transformation of their product development capability. You’ll become familiar with concepts like the LAMDA cycle of learning; pull, flow, and cadence in product development; and set-based innovation. And you’ll learn how to grow teams of responsible experts and entrepreneurial system designers, all working together to align across organizational goals and revitalize your product development system and your company. 

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to define lean product and process development (LPPD).
  • Understand five foundational principles of LPPD.
  • Explain how the principles work together to achieve the primary aims of the new product development function.
  • Understand how companies can resolve the paradox of enhancing innovation while consistently introducing new products on schedule and under budget.
  • Gain exposure to how the principles can be translated to action.


Course Outline:

The workshop is comprised of instruction, interactive discussion, and case examples.  The primary topics covered include:

  • Fundamental purpose of product / process development
  • The LAMDA cycle of learning
  • Growing teams of responsible experts
  • Entrepreneurial system designers
  • Pull, flow and cadence in product / process development
  • Set-based innovation
  • Case study of Ford Body and Stamping Engineering


Who Should Attend:

  • R&D executives
  • Product development project managers
  • Managers of any R&D function (marketing, design, product engineering, manufacturing engineering, etc.)
  • Change agents within any R&D function

Change agents wanting to expand lean beyond the shop floor

Locations and Dates for Lean Upstream

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Price: $800.00 ($700.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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Our workshops are designed to cater to a limited number of participants.  If you must cancel a workshop registration, you will be given a full refund up to four weeks before the workshop.  A cancelation occuring within four weeks of the workshop will be subjected to a $350 cancelation fee.  If cancellation is required to comply with coronavirus guidelines from federal, state, or local authorities, no cancellation fee will apply.  LEI will not be held personally responsible for any incidental cost incurred (hotel, airfare, change fee, etc).  To cancel a workshop registration, please call LEI at (617) 871-2900.