DRIVING HIGH PERFORMANCE IN PRODUCT AND PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
Designing The Future 2019: Changing the way new value is created.
Thank you for your interest in our 2019 Designing The Future Conference. This conference is for those who know that the best way to predict your future is to design it. Doing the same thing you’ve always done, just a little better, is no longer enough - creating a steady stream of new products and services that your customers love is the surest path to sustained success.
Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) principles and practices comprise a unique and highly effective way to design and deliver new products and services. This year’s conference will once again feature some of the most successful LPPD practitioners, from a wide variety of industries, who will share insights gained through years of real world experience.
If you were with us last year then you already know what a great experience this conference can be. We are working diligently to make this year’s event even better. Consider joining us in beautiful Traverse City on June 27 and 28 for what we hope will be the most important conference you attend this year. Hope to see you there!
Plenary & Breakout Sessions
How to Create a Great Company Culture on Purpose
You can create a good company culture by accident, but a great culture takes purpose.
Tyler Schilling, president of TechnipFMC Schilling Robotics, and Andy Houk, vice president of product development, will explain from experience why culture is no different from any other project – it takes a lot of thought and work to get great results.
They’ll explain how purposeful guidance of culture happens through leadership behaviors. And they’ll reveal what behaviors move a company forward -- and what ones set it back.
You’ll also hear how focusing on lean product and process development provided a framework for leadership behaviors that supercharged cultural guidance at Schilling, which makes the robotic vehicles and manipulators needed to search for oil and gas in extremely harsh environments like the deep ocean.
Partnering Across the Extended Enterprise to Achieve Excellence in Product Development
Successful and sustainable product development requires a strong partnership across functional organizations and supply chain constituents. In this presenteation, Susan DeSandre, an executive leader with experience spanning manufacturing operations and procurement, shares her real-world insights gained from extensive experience as a senior executive leader at Apple and at Ford Motor Company during its historic product-led transformation.
Successfully engaging the extended enterprise in lean product development starts with a strong partnership between internal functional organizations. Through a shared vision, aligned objectives, mutual respect and accountability, and open and honest communication, organizations can unleash the full capability of their entire organization. Susan outlines how the powerful “matched pair” strategy and the pursuit of true supplier partnerships enables exceptional collaboration and leads to better development performance, plus a better working environment for all.
Perspectives from a Chief Engineer: Caterpillar’s Next Generation Hydraulic Excavator
The first newly developed platform in over 25 years, Caterpillar’s 320 and 323 Next Generation Hydraulic Excavators were designed to serve the global excavator market from a common platform.
Steve Shoemaker served as the chief engineer for the excavator portfolio from 2012 to 2017, overseeing the new product from concept to production. Based in Akashi, Japan, Shoemaker was responsible for the company’s Hydraulic Excavator Design Center as well as the global team with offices in China, Germany, and the US. Shoemaker will share his insights on leading an engineering organization in Japan and developing a new product from the view of a chief engineer.
Take home how-to ideas for applying lean development principles in daily work by learning how Michigan Medicine does it with its 6-phase Clinical Design and Innovation (CDI) process.
In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn a proven process to “just get started” and then how to iterate and improve the process. CDI Manager Paul Paliani and LPPD Coach Matt Zayko will take you through a hands-on, interactive exercise using current and past prototypes, schedules, and agendas from real programs.
- A replica of the CDI obeya room in Ann Arbor and the tools used to manage it;
- The evolution of the obeya and standup meeting processes from startup through 3 iterations;
- Examples of current program schedules and “game plan” walls;
- How the same methodology to develop products is used all over Michigan Medicine
Finally, Paul and Matt will guide you through a “blank sheet” brainstorming exercise where you’ll generate ideas for applying visual management to a particular goal or product when you get back to work.
Finding the best solution for our customers’ needs is a challenging aspect of product development. There are many conflicting needs and tradeoffs that must be considered to ensure we maximize customer value while achieving our company’s goals. Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) helps you meet these conflicting challenges by front-loading the development process to thoroughly explore alternative solutions while there is a maximum design space.
In this session, you will compare and contrast the differences between traditional point-based design and LPPD set-based design approaches. Through an interactive exercise, you will experience the quantitative and qualitative benefits of set-based design. We will also discuss the impact of point-based versus set-based design on team dynamics. In addition, we’ll analyze a case study on the application of set-based concurrent engineering.
In this session, you’ll learn:
- What is set-based concurrent engineering methodology
- What are the benefits of set-based design through a hands-on exercise
- How to get started in applying set-based principles in your product development system
Tired of seeing the same problems over and over? Frustrated by an inability to really leverage what you learn during a development project? Not seeing the desired improvement in lead-time or innovation from project to project despite your organization’s best efforts? If so, this session is for you!
Based on a manuscript by Allen Ward, this session will introduce you to a powerful knowledge management approach he called “visible knowledge.” Visible knowledge increases innovative capacity by helping developers “see” and understand the design space, creating a currency for real dialog about design limits and trade-offs, and forming an objective foundation for cross-functional collaboration. Visible knowledge can be retained, reused, and expanded in future projects, enabling ever increasing performance improvement. Through a combination of presentation and interactive activities, you will:
- Understand the central role of knowledge management in lean product/process development.
- Explore simple, practical ways to apply a visible knowledge mindset.
- Learn a practical approach to generating visible knowledge through cause-effect diagrams and trade-off curves.
The summit is designed to be the best networking venue in the Lean Community by providing formal and informal ways for you to connect with counterparts facing the same challenges as you:
- Networking Happy Hour (continue conversations and compare notes after the first day)
- Networking Breaks (30 minutes to allow time for a phone call, cup of coffee, and conversation)
- Lunch Roundtables (attendee-led discussions on topics you've told us are important to you)