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Product Development Is Where to Cut Carbon Emissions; Here's How
By: Katrina Appell | August 21, 2019
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Consumers want products updated more frequently, which is great for consumers and business but not so great for the environment because a third of man-made carbon emissions come from production processes, notes Katrina Appell, PhD, who explains how product developers can balance these competing forces. More »
Getting the Right Product Right, and Other Product Development Trends
By: John Drogosz | September 4, 2019
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As a lean product and process development coach John Drogosz, PhD, works closely with companies in a variety of industries that are redesigning development systems to consistently design and deliver a progression of market-leading products and services. He took a time out at the annual Designing the Future Summit to talk about the product development trends he is seeing. More »
Not So Simple: Pioneering Lean Product Development
By: Jean Cunningham | April 24, 2019
Articles
Jean Cunningham, LEI’s executive chair, offers lessons from her time as CFO of lean management pioneer Lantech when it successfully deployed lean principles to product development to accelerate growth, cut new product lead time, and increase profits. More »
What is Lean Process & Product Development (LPPD)? Animation
July 25, 2018
Videos and Webinars
In this brief animation Jim Morgan explains just what LPPD is. More »
How Obeya Improved Our Product Development Efforts
By: Andy Houk | August 15, 2017
Columns
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 »
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 »
Orchestrating Your Product Development Process with Milestones
By: Jim Morgan | August 25, 2016
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"Effective milestones are an important part of a company’s development process, especially in today’s era of team-based sprints and stand-ups," writes Jim Morgan. "Yet many companies struggle to successfully create and employ milestones; and some don’t even understand their relevance beyond updating senior leadership.  " Read more. More »
Value Stream Mapping in a Product Development Context: A Q&A with John Drogosz
By: John Drogosz | April 5, 2016
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Lean Product and Process Development Senior Coach John Drogosz answers countless questions about LPPD every day. Now, in his first piece for the Lean Post, he answers one of his most-asked questions: about how to create a value stream map for a PD environment. Read more. More »
How do you introduce visual management into a product development facility?
By: Ballé, Michael | December 21, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: What steps do you start with to introduce visual management into a product development facility? More »
Lean Product Development at Cathedral Hill Hospital
By: Baris Lostuvali | July 22, 2015
Columns
Read Baris Lostuvali's case study on bringing LPPD to the Cathedral Hill Hospital in San Francisco. More »
Value Stream Mapping and Obeya: Key Enablers for Better Product Development
By: Katrina Appell | July 1, 2015
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For an organization to be continually relevant and profitable, it needs to develop products and processes that consistently create value. But how exactly do you create the required organizational capabilities and supporting leadership behaviors? Read more. More »
Jim Morgan on What It Takes to Transform An Organization's Product Development System
By: Lex Schroeder | November 5, 2014
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Jim Morgan, Senior Advisor for Product and Process Development at LEI, shares his view of what's required for organizations to rethink and revitalize their product development systems in his most recent interview with Planet Lean. More »
Frontloading Product Development
By: Durward Sobek | October 3, 2014
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Anyone in product development is familiar with the agony of late-stage changes, sometimes called loopbacks. The common advice to head off this problem is to “frontload” the product development process. But what does frontload mean? Durward Sobek explains. More »
Lean Product Development is About Thinking Horizontally in a Vertical World
By: Lex Schroeder | September 24, 2014
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Check out the blog from Day 2 of the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange (North America) conference in Durham, North Carolina. Excerpts from Jim Womack's keynote and more. More »
John Drogosz on Product Development
By: John Drogosz | February 1, 2014
Columns
John Drogosz gives a talk on lean product development from the University of Michigan. More »
How do we get started with lean tools in new product development?
By: Ballé, Michael | March 8, 2013
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My company already has a deep rooted lean culture.    However, it would seem that the next evolution would be in my department, Research & Development.    Do you have any suggestions on how to take lean tools from process improvements such as kaizen, 5S, etc. to new product development? More »
Lean Product Development: Delivering New Products, Faster and Better
Workshops
Many companies have applied lean thinking to manufacturing or service processes, and some have even honed focus by applying the standard tools and methods to additional organizational functions. But true lean leaders realize that their enterprise cannot thrive in the current environment of rapid change and unpredictable economics by focusing only on efficiency More »
Designing the Future: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience
Workshops
This two day workshop is targeted towards practitioners with an immersive experience applying LPPD principles while developing a product. Since LPPD is an enterprise activity, managers, leaders and continuous improvement agents in an organization are encouraged to attend. More »
How to Engage Everyone to Create a “Continuous Innovation Machine”
By: Jim Morgan | January 12, 2021
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In a presentation to hundreds of engineers at a Fortune 100 manufacturer, Jim Morgan, an engineering PhD and former product development executive, explained what distinguishes Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) from traditional methods of innovation. Morgan, who now is senior LPPD advisor at the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute, cited which of LPPD's three elements was paramount. More »
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
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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 »
Practical Approaches for Making Innovation an Enterprise-Wide Activity
By: Chet Marchwinski | November 2, 2020
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Jim Morgan tells an interviewer how to make innovation an enterprise-wide endeavor, based on his years of experience as a product development researcher, author, and former executive. He also offers an effective tactic for spreading it through the supply chain. 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 »
Lean Management Leaders Weigh in on Climate Change, Coronavirus, Innovation, and More
By: Chet Marchwinski | September 16, 2020
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Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), and Jim Morgan, an experienced product development executive, explained how lean management practices could solve today’s toughest challenges during keynotes at a conference organized by LEI. More »
The Second P in LPPD: Why the Future is About Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | September 11, 2020
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Jim Womack, speaking at the Designing the Future summit in 2019, describes the thinking behind lean product and process development -- and why it's the future of lean thinking & practice. 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 »
The Healing Power of Lean Product and Process Development in Healthcare
By: Chet Marchwinski and Paul Paliani | July 17, 2020
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Can Lean Product and Process Development or LPPD, which evolved in the automotive industry, work in healthcare? Paul Paliani, who worked for almost 20 years as an automotive engineer and now leads a healthcare innovation team, offers insights and results. More »
Exploring the Technical and Nontechnical Challenges of Being a Chief Engineer, a Candid Conversation with Two CEs (Part 2)
By: Chet Marchwinski | June 8, 2020
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Chief engineers typically have strong technical skills to effectively lead and manage the work of engineers, designers, and other developers. But perhaps their greatest talent needs to be nontechnical, an observation that emerged in this interview with two chief engineers from TechnipFMC, conducted by LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at last year’s Designing the Future Summit. More »
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