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Why Value Stream Mapping is Essential to Product and Process Development
By: John Drogosz | November 20, 2020
Columns
Learn about a proven way to help cross-functional teams clearly “see” their work and achieve their full potential from John Drogosz, senior coach, Lean Product and Process Development, Lean Enterprise Institute. More »
Lean Product & Process Development Guiding Principles At-A-Glance
By: Jim Morgan | November 10, 2020
Columns
An infographic summarizes the six guiding principles of lean product and process development. More »
The 6 Guiding Principles of Lean Product and Process Development
By: Jim Morgan | November 9, 2020
Columns
Learn the six guiding principles of Lean Product and Process Development and how they can help your organization accelerate the development of new products, processes, and services. More »
How Pall Corporation Accelerated the Covid-19 Vaccine Process Development using Lean Thinking and Practice
By: Mark Ayles, Clive Glover, Tony Hill, Byron Rees, Kevin Thompson and Matt Zayko | November 5, 2020
Columns
Learn how Pall Corp developed and deployed a full manufacturing process in eight weeks – an 80% reduction compared to typical development times. More »
The Role of Lean Product and Process Development in Building the Lean Enterprise
By: Lean Leaper | September 30, 2020
Columns
A distinguished group of lean leaders discusses the role of Lean Product and Process Development in building the lean enterprise during a panel discussion during the Lean Enterprise Institute's Virtual Lean Learning Experience 2020. More »
Changing the Way New Value is Created with Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | September 25, 2020
Columns
Learn the six guiding principles of LPPD and why they are critical to successful new product, process, and service development. More »
Understanding Lean Product and Process Development: An LEI Explainer Video
By: Lean Leaper | August 28, 2020
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Learn what Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) is, why it's critical in developing successful value streams, why companies struggle to implement its practices and principles -- and where and how to learn more. More »
A Radical Redesign of Making Crudito -- and All Restaurant Kitchens
By: Matthew Savas | August 14, 2020
Columns
Using animations of a few basic continuous improvement tools, Matt Savas, a team leader at the Lean Enterprise Institute and a fervent foodie, offers a sweeping alternative way of running a restaurant kitchen for better safety and profitability. More »
Building the Enabling Bureaucracy
By: Lean Leaper | July 31, 2020
Columns
A conversation with RJ Scaringe about creating the "Rivian Way.  " More »
Designing the Patient Flow to Fight Covid-19
By: Lean Leaper | April 29, 2020
Columns
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. Part 1 of a 7 part series, Fighting Covid-19 with Lean Healthcare. More »
Working During an Outbreak; What We Can Learn for Later
By: Josh Howell | April 2, 2020
Columns
During this pandemic, Trader Joe’s is demonstrating several hallmarks of lean thinking that help keep employees and customers safe--and creates a better shopping experience. More »
Lean Thinkers Are Systems Thinkers
By: Richard Sheridan | August 7, 2019
Columns
Lean thinkers are systems thinkers, argues Rich Sheridan: "Intentional cultures thrive when the simple systems put in place reinforce every cultural intention and that systems thinkers will always start with the attitude that improving the systems is the best route to improvement, success, and ultimately joy.  " More »
Process Excellence Means Developing New Processes Along with New Products
By: Eric Ethington | April 22, 2019
Columns
The traditional way of developing new products or services in isolation from the processes that must deliver them almost guarantees problem launches. In contrast, the lean product and process development methodology creates products customers love as well as profitable delivery processes in a far more integrated and simultaneous way. Eric Ethington, an experienced lean product and process coach, explains. More »
All Lean Is Local
By: Josh Howell | April 19, 2019
Columns
When I think about the idea of “all Lean is local,” I think about the fundamental entry point question for any Lean thinker in any situation, which is: “what's the problem to solve here? What's the problem to solve now?” More »
The Ingredients of Lean
By: Steve Brenneman | April 12, 2019
Columns
Lean practitioner Steve Brenneman finds shared values in his Mennonite faith and his lean practice: a strong set of values like community over individual, thriftiness over sloppiness, doing more with less, honing of skills through seeking out the knowledge of others. He shares illustrations of this in both classic Mennonite cookbooks and TWI instructions. More »
"Roll"-ing Out Lean at Kura Sushi
By: Katie Anderson | November 29, 2018
Columns
Self-professed "lean geek" Katie Anderson has eaten several meals at Kura Sushi restaurants and shares her observations on what she sees as lean principles at play More »
Review: Designing the Future
By: Michael Ballé | November 27, 2018
Columns; eLetters
In his review of the new book Designing The Future, Michael Ballé points out that it “makes clear the central lean concept in product development: distinguishing what is fixed and what is flexible in new product design.  ” More »
WLEI: Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 26, 2018
Audio
In this special edition series, Designing the Future. Jim Morgan talks with Dave Pericak, the Chief Engineer of the 2015 Ford Mustang.   Pericak was featured in A Faster Horse, a documentary exploring the ins and outs of designing world's most popular sports car.   Morgan is the author of the new book, Designing the Future and has spent over 30 years in industry as a product development leader including serving as a global engineering director at Ford Motor Company during the product-led revitalization under CEO Alan Mulally.  Learn more about Lean product and process development at leanpd.  org. More »
Designing the Future
By: James M. Morgan, Jeffrey K. Liker | October 26, 2018
Books
Morgan and Liker go beyond broad generalizations on how to “be innovative” and dig deeper into the theoretical bedrock and concrete development practices that are generating exceptional results at pioneering LPPD companies. Examples in the book show specifically how companies are redesigning product development systems to consistently design and deliver a progression of market-leading products and services.    More »
2019 Designing the Future Summit
September 26, 2018
Events
2019 Designing the Future Summit. June 27-28, 2019 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
But when should we use design thinking or lean thinking?
By: Michael Balle | February 12, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I read your latest and very interesting Gemba Coach column comparing design thinking and lean thinking. But when should we use each? More »
Are Design Thinking and Lean Thinking the Same?
By: Michael Ballé | January 29, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: As a practitioner and advocate of design thinking, I’ve been curious about lean, but it seems to me we’re talking about the same thing: essentially developing a PDCA mindset in people. Isn’t that the case? More »
2018 Designing the Future Summit
January 25, 2018
Events
2018 Designing the Future Summit. June 19-20, 2018 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
The Concept Paper for a New Product: The Kickstart of a LPPD Project
By: José R. Ferro | June 14, 2017
Columns
Lean product and process development is not an easy undertaking, neither to understand nor execute. Luckily, there is a tool that can help remedy this ever-common problem: the Concept Paper. More »
Creating Continuous Flow (eBook)
By: Mike Rother and Rick Harris | August 15, 2013
Books
This workbook explains in simple, step-by-step terms how to introduce and sustain lean flows of material and information in pacemaker cells and lines, a prerequisite for achieving a lean value stream.  A sight we frequently encounter when touring plants is the relocation of processing steps from departments (process villages) to product-family work cells, but too often these "cells" produce only intermittent and erratic flow. Output gyrates from hour to hour and small piles of inventory accumulate between each operation so that few of the benefits of cellularization are actually being realized; and, if the cell is located upstream from the More »
Lean Design and Construction Project an Extension of Lean Commitment at Akron Children's Hospital
By: Vinas, Tonya | May 21, 2013
Case Studies
When the Ambulatory Surgery & Critical Care Tower opens in 2015, it will represent a three-year lean design and construction collaboration among builders, architects, trade contractors, healthcare provides, patients, and patient families. The design of both the facility and future operations is being shaped directly by patients and those who care for them. Input from nurses, doctors, therapists, technicians, and patient parents heavily influenced design decisions—from incorporating emergency room hallways that protect the privacy of abused children to the number of electrical outlets in each neonatal intensive care room.    More »
How lean should a lean line design be?
By: Balle, Michael | May 19, 2010
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m in manufacturing engineering and have been asked to design a lean line. I’ve participated to several kaizen workshops and have some general ideas about how to go about it, but I’ve also heard many horror stories of lines that were designed so “lean” they can’t run in practice. Any ideas as to how lean should lean be? More »
2010 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
March 26, 2010
Events
June 9-10, 2010 - Orlando, FL. Specially designed to delvier comprehensive, high-quality information about improving healthcare quality through lean thinking. More »
Purpose, Process, People
By: Shook, John | March 30, 2009
Columns; eLetters
Dr. Womack’s simple construct to analyze companies – Purpose, Process, People – is familiar to you by now. I’ve toyed with it more and more since he first brought it up during informal discussions of the “LEI point of view” and his subsequent introduction of it in his e-letter of June 2006.  I used it in my column to explore the question I often get of “Why didn’t GM learn from NUMMI?” My answer to that question remains that GM actually learned far, far more than most people realize about process but didn’t get very far with the people part. More »
Lean Transformation Lives and Dies With Tools and Dies
By: Chet Marchwinski | March 30, 2004
Case Studies; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams; Images
The story of The Wiremold Company's lean transformation is familiar to many Lean Thinkers. But what isn't as well known is how the company transformed tool maintenance, design, and fabrication processes to create a solid foundation for a second try at just-in-time production.    More »
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