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How Lean Thinking and Practice Helped Put Shots in Arms, Part 1: Building the Process
By: Ryan Haley, Crystal R. Tubbs and Peter Ward | August 2, 2021
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Does lean thinking work during a crisis? An in-depth review of its contribution to the #design and management of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's successful mass vaccination site says "yes.  " More »
How Designing Value Streams, Not Just Products, Creates Competitive Advantage
By: Jim Morgan | July 30, 2021
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TechnipFMC and Pella Corporation leaders describe how lean development practices helped them develop better products, create profitable value streams and strengthen development teams. More »
How Designing Value Streams, Not Just Products, Creates Competitive Advantage
By: Jim Morgan | July 1, 2021
Articles
In this month's Design Brief video, individuals from TechnipFMC and Pella Corporation explain the processes that led to an improvement in their value-streams. More »
Are You Making Good Products…by Making Good People?
By: Lean Leaper | June 4, 2021
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The best way to hone your employees' technical skills and problem-solving chops is to challenge them to make the right products in the right way for the right customers, asserts Michael Ballé in this snippet from an LEI Book Club Webinar. More »
Are You Creating the Right Environment?
By: Josh Howell | June 1, 2021
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Turner Construction is working hard to develop the "right environment" in which productive lean inquiry is baked into the working space of each situation their team is facing, writes Josh Howell. More »
How the Study Phase Helps You Create More Value for Your Customers and Less Drama for Your Development Teams
By: John Drogosz | April 15, 2021
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A product development team volunteered to pilot applying lean product and process development principles -- and discovered how critical "understanding before you execute" is to a project's success. More »
Meeting the 19-Billion-Dose Challenge
By: Matt Zayko | April 14, 2021
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What does it take to meet the historic challenge of rapidly increasing the annual global vaccine capacity from 5 billion to 19 billion doses? And how could lean thinking help? More »
Front-Load Your Design Process by Using Set-Based Design
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 1, 2021
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Jeffrey Liker shares his experience researching lean product and process development at Toyota, unveiling the importance behind having a customer-driven concept, having one project leader, and more. More »
Pi Day: Exploring the Intersection of Science and Dessert
By: Eric Ethington | March 11, 2021
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In recognition of Pi Day, think about how you might inspire future generations to pursue careers in science and technology fields, suggests Eric Ethington, program director, LPPD, at the Lean Enterprise Institute. More »
Bad People or A Bad Process?
By: James P. Womack | March 1, 2021
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Standing in a nightmare of a line at the airport prompted Jim Womack to reflect on this problem, and conclude that this was indeed a case of a very bad process rather than any random bad person. More »
Why it’s Better to Focus on Value, Not Waste
By: Katrina Appell | January 28, 2021
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Learn the benefits of shifting your focus from eliminating waste to increasing value, along with two of the best value-creating opportunities, according to LEI Senior Coach Katrina Appell. More »
Why Value Stream Mapping is Essential to Product and Process Development
By: John Drogosz | November 20, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »
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