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Perspectives of a Chief Engineer on Starting and Sustaining Lean Product and Process Development
Steve Shoemaker, general manager at Caterpillar Inc., first applied lean product and process development (LPPD) practices as the chief engineer on a new platform of next-generation hydraulic excavators, overseeing the new product from concept to production. He shared his insights on applying LPPD principles, how to sustain them, and leading teams of engineers with LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at the annual Designing the Future Summit. More »
Want Better Relations and Results from Suppliers? Hear Two Execs Explain the Benefits of "Matched Pair” Leadership
New products and service development does not stop at the exterior walls of your company. Outside suppliers play critical roles, but the relationships between companies and suppliers are often akin to cage fighting. That's where the innovative “matched pair” process comes in to dramatically improve relationships as well as business performance. Listen to a matched pair of executives describe the process. 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.

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June 18-19, 2020
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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.

Assisting Jim in this effort are lean coaches:

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

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.

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