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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

Lean Product and Process Development:   A business system focused on eliminating waste in product and process development by generating and applying useable knowledge. It is centered on four core concepts:Grow teams of responsible experts: Organize around product and process technologies that are central to the organization’s competitive advantage. These units develop useable knowledge about their respective areas of expertise, and grow people who can apply that knowledge, generate new knowledge, and communicate that knowledge effectively to multidisciplinary team members.  Support entrepreneur system designers: Give leadership of development projects to technically capable and visionary people who have an entrepreneurial spirit. They provide integrative knowledge to leverage More »
Dr. Allen Ward on Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | February 27, 2014
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In this classic video, the late Dr. Allen Ward, a lean product and process development (LPPD) pioneer, gives a talk on the remarkable benefits of LPPD. More »
Getting Started with Lean Product and Process Development
By: Andy Houk | November 9, 2018
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Learning and applying the concepts of LPPD is no different than learning any other new skill in life, says Andy Houk. In this article he shares his personal learning cycle of three steps (repeated many times, over many years): self-study, getting a coach, and practicing. More »
Jim Morgan and Durward Sobek Discuss Lean Product and Process Development
By: Chet Marchwinski | February 26, 2016
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LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski discusses applying the principles of lean management to product development with Jim Morgan and Durward Sobek. More »
Lean Product and Process Development – Stories from the Field
By: Jim Morgan | June 4, 2015
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Jim Morgan shares stories of his field work and research for LPPD at LEI. More »
Lean Product and Process Development Group Update: Leading Companies Share and Learn from Common Challenges
By: Matt Zayko | October 21, 2018
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The Lean Enterprise Institute recently organized a meeting of the Lean Product and Process Development Learning Group that brought together the diverse industries of sub-sea robotics, appliances, consumer electronics, automotive research, contemporary furniture, and drilling equipment. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed (Foreword)
By: Ward, Allen C. | March 5, 2014
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Foreword from Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed (Table of Contents)
By: Ward, Allen C. | March 5, 2014
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See the Table of Contents from the book Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed. (Introduction)
March 5, 2014
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Introduction from the book. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd Edition
By: Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II | March 5, 2014
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"The P-51 Mustang—perhaps the finest piston engine fighter ever built—was designed and put into flight in just a few months. Specifications were finalized on March 15, 1940; the airfoil prototype was complete on September 9; and the aircraft made its maiden flight on October 26. Now that is a lean development process!" —Allen Ward and Durward Sobek, commenting on the development of the P-51 Mustang and its exemplary use of trade-off curves.   Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recipient, 2008Despite attempts to interpret and apply lean product development techniques, companies still struggle with design quality problems, long lead times, and high More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd Edition (ebook)
By: Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II | March 5, 2014
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"The P-51 Mustang—perhaps the finest piston engine fighter ever built—was designed and put into flight in just a few months. Specifications were finalized on March 15, 1940; the airfoil prototype was complete on September 9; and the aircraft made its maiden flight on October 26. Now that is a lean development process!" —Allen Ward and Durward Sobek, commenting on the development of the P-51 Mustang and its exemplary use of trade-off curves.   Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recipient, 2008Despite attempts to interpret and apply lean product development techniques, companies still struggle with design quality problems, long lead times, and high More »
Ron Pereira and Jim Morgan Discuss the Power of Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | August 22, 2014
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Check out excerpts from Gemba Academy's podcast with Jim Morgan on core lean product and process development concepts, what makes "LPPD" different from traditional product development, and what the lean idea of "respect for people" really means. More »
Seeing and Understanding the Work in Product and Process Development
By: Katrina Appell | April 19, 2016
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"The role of most lean tools is to enable problems to be identified or to enable problems to be solved," writes Katrina Appell. "An important part of being able to identify problems is being able to see them. But what do you do when the work being done is typically only visible on a computer?" Read more to find out the answer, More »
Three Core Capabilities in Any Lean Product and Process Development System
By: Jim Morgan | August 25, 2015
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"Good development leaders work in earnest to create a 'safe culture' for people to share issues. Working to [drive out fear] is both important and necessary," writes Jim Morgan. "But it is not nearly sufficient for identifying and eliminating technical issues at the optimal time in a development program.  " Read more. More »
How Does Shop-Floor Lean Compare to Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD)? A Q&A with Matt Zayko
By: Matt Zayko | December 14, 2016
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Matt Zayko was recently asked, "Is my knowledge of shop-floor lean enough for me to get by in product development?" Find out his answer. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed. (Structure of Book excerpt)
By: Ward, Allen C | March 5, 2014
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Book Structure excerpt from the book. More »
Lean Product and Process Development (Italian)
By: Allen C. Ward
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Buy this publication from: CUOA Lean Enterprise CenterLo Sviluppo Lean di Prodotti e ProcessiAutori: Allen C. Ward Prefazione di John Shook e Durward Sobek Edizione italiana a cura di Arnaldo CamuffoLean product and process development declina in modo ricco e articolato il contributo del Toyota Way allo sviluppo dei nuovi prodotti, mostrando che, analogamente a quanto avviene nel Lean manufacturing, dove il processo di problem solving e di miglioramento continuo sui prodotti ha come by-product lo sviluppo delle competenze e delle persone, anche qui l’approccio Lean al processo di sviluppo del nuovo prodotto, non solo conduce a progetti migliori, ma More »
Lean Product and Process Development (Portuguese)
By: Allen C. Ward | November 15, 2011
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Lean Product and Process Development (Portuguese) More »
Lean Product and Process Development (Simplified Chinese)
By: Allen C. Ward | February 20, 2013
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Buy this publication from: Lean Enterprise China More »
9 Tips for Better Design Reviews
By: Lean Leaper | April 13, 2018
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Design reviews can be the heartbeat of a healthy operating system. Here are some tips are creating better design reviews. More »
A Great Company Culture Takes Purpose
By: Tyler Schilling | September 12, 2018
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If you’re determined to move your culture from good to great, listen to CEO Tyler Schilling as he describes two behaviors that, in his experience, are most effective. More »
An Innovative Framework for Designing Better Products and Services – and a Better Future
By: Chet Marchwinski and Jim Morgan | December 3, 2018
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Because of the enormous “shadow” it casts over the entire enterprise for years, product development literally designs the future of companies, employees, customers, and suppliers. In this Q&A, product development expert Jim Morgan, co-author of Designing the Future, describes a fundamentally different – and much better – way to develop new products and services. More »
Are You Making Enough Mistakes?
By: Boaz Tamir | April 8, 2014
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How comfortable are you making mistakes? Do you make it safe for your team members to make mistakes? Boaz Tamir, Founder of Israel Lean Enterprise Institute, reflects on these questions and more after learning about Menlo Innovations' unique organizational culture. More »
Better Design Reviews, Better Products
By: Katrina Appell | September 6, 2017
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"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 »
Building as Product
By: Baris Lostuvali | March 18, 2015
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"A building project, although it has many different moving parts and players, is a product. It’s a uniquely different product than a car, airplane, or toaster.  .. But it’s a product," writes Baris Lostuvali. "And it’s a product that desperately needs a better process and sociotechnical system and process for coming to be.  " More »
Deliberate Innovation Through Lean Product & Process Development
By: Lex Schroeder | September 23, 2014
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Check out LEI's live blog from the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange (North America) Conference happening now in Durham, North Carolina. More »
Developing Your Obeya, Stage-by-Stage
By: John Drogosz | August 2, 2017
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In his years as a LPPD coach, John Drogosz has seen that "most teams do go through several stages of evolution before obeya becomes an embedded ritual.  " Find out what they are. More »
Enabling Fast and Innovative Product Development at Bose
By: Katrina Appell | April 11, 2017
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Bringing products to market as quickly as possible is a key cornerstone of lean product and process development. With this in mind, Massachusetts-based audio-equipment maker Bose Corporation created a Rapid Prototype Development Center to improve collaboration, creativity, engagement, and ideation-to-market times. LPPD coach Katrina Appell now shares the secrets of the RPDC in this new case study More »
Fighting Poverty with Lean Product & Process Design at MIT D-Lab
By: Lean Leaper | April 24, 2018
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D-Lab at MIT is using lean product and process design to help solve problems in the developing world, and are truly making the world a better place for all those involved More »
Focus Your Operating System To Bring Your Strategy to Life
By: Jim Morgan | October 13, 2016
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A strategy can just turn into wallpaper if you don't have the right systems in place to support it. Jim Morgan has seen this happen many times, and now explains how to avoid the problem, based on his experiences working with Alan Mulally at Ford Motor Company during the Great Recession. More »
Framing Art and Science: What Lean Knowledge Are We Going to Create Together?
By: Terry Barnhart | September 25, 2014
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"What is the purpose of lean product development? Where are its limits? Who plays, and what is 'out of bounds?' Such an identity 'crisis' is thrilling to see. It is the hallmark of an emerging science," writes Terry Barnhart. Read Terry's thoughts on the challenge ahead for the lean community in terms of sharing lean product and process development concepts with the world. More »
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