Designing the Future: An Introduction to Lean Product & Process Development
Let’s be honest, much of the kaizen we do in our respective gemba is just reworking what the development system should have done differently in the first place. We have cottage industries within our organizations, called Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence, which are simply reworking the efforts of many smart and well-intentioned people, working in a broken system. Much kaizen is, in fact, rework. Likewise, these cottage industries have become permanent fixtures in many organizations, not evolving since their inceptions.
A critical milestone in Lean was the publication of the book, The Machine That Changed The World. If you turn to page 104 of that book you will find the missing chapter, or the one that everyone seemed to miss, “Designing the Car.” Although the concept of Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) has been around since the beginning of lean, it is an opportunity for improvement in organizations with many misconceptions (and yes, it is much more than applying lean in the development space!) Designing the Future: An Introduction to Lean Product & Process Development is the first step to changing all of this.
This one day workshop focuses on the early stages of development with an immersive experience applying LPPD principles in the study (concept) phase of development. Since LPPD is an enterprise activity, managers, leaders and continuous improvement agents in an organization are encouraged to attend.
In the Designing the Future workshop, participants will:
Be able to describe the core principles of lean product and process development (LPPD):
- Deeply understand what your product must be.
- Create flow and eliminate waste for speed to market.
- Create new value through experimental learning.
- Respect people, who are central to everything in LPPD.
Experience the enterprise-wide process of collaborating to deliver a product to the end-customer by:
- Understanding what the product must be by understanding customer / user experience to provide customer value, through both gemba based observation and using competitor products.
- Aligning the organization on what the product must be for both the customer and business; and the associated processes needed through creating a concept paper.
- Understanding and managing the work in the concept phase through setting up and running an obeya with visual management.
For a broader application of the principles through the execution phase, the two-day version of this workshop is recommended. Click here to learn more.