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Lean Principles Apply to Fuzzy R&D Too
Lean principles work not only for incremental innovation and repetitive R&D work but for the “fuzzy” or disruptive part of developing new products and services, where the biggest benefits reside. Here are some tips for venturing into the fuzzy side of innovation from Norbert Majerus, a former lean champion in research and development at Goodyear. More »
Unique Industries Continue to Share and Learn from their Common Challenges: Fall 2017 LPPD…
The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) organized the second Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) Learning Group event of 2017, which brought together the diverse industries of sub-sea robotics, appliances, consumer electronics, automotive research, contemporary furniture… More »
What does it take to know what your product or service needs to be? The obvious answer, it would seem, is whatever the customer wants. Katrina Appell explains why there's more to it than that. More »

What is Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD)?

LPPD is powerful system for developing new products, proven effective in companies large and small across diverse industries. More than just a strategy for developing a single product, it is what enables you to create a sustainable system for consistently delivering great products and profitable value streams, leveraging your entire enterprise.


Who We Are

Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) is an initiative of the Lean Enterprise Institute with the mission to spread lean thinking and practice in product development across diverse industries. Led by Jim Morgan, Senior Advisor for LPPD at LEI and former Global Director for Ford Motor Company, we are dedicated to helping organizations around the globe to improve product development processes to create new and profitable value streams.

To learn more about the LPPD team and their product and process development experience, please contact Deb McGee at dmgee@lean.org.

"Design reviews are a common process in product and process development," writes Katrina Appell. And they're common for good reason. Read more to learn why these processes are so critical to successful product and process development, as well as the impact they've had through a real-life story that Katrina shares. More »

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As a followup to John Drogosz's piece on the stages of obeya from last week, Andy Houk, a client of John's at TechnipFMC, discusses how an obeya room that John helped them set up affects their work today. More »

LPPD Learning Engagements

The LPPD Learning engagement model enables companies to ‘learn how to learn’ with regard to all issues of product and process development.

In addition to receiving on-site coaching and targeted training from senior coaches, partner companies learn from and with each other through in-depth benchmarking and joint improvement projects.