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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Perspectives of a Chief Engineer on Starting and Sustaining Lean Product and Process Development
By: Chet Marchwinski and Steven Shoemaker | November 20, 2019
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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 »
4 Core Principles of Lean Product and Process Development Explained
By: Katrina Appell and John Drogosz | July 24, 2019
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The ability to consistently create “insanely great” products, as Steve Jobs would say, is the ultimate competitive advantage. But many companies struggle to develop profitable products and services on time with the best quality and least waste. Lean product and process development (LPPD), a powerful and proven set of principles and practices, will help any company dramatically improve its development capability. LPPD practitioners John Drogosz and Katrina Appell summarize its 4 core principles. More »
Cutting Carbon Emissions and Product Costs Through Lean Product and Process Development
By: Katrina Appell | May 1, 2019
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As the need to reduce carbon emissions becomes clearer, the need to understand the impact and consciously consider it during the design phase is ever more important, argues Katrina Appel. Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) principles, methodologies, and management behaviors are a system that enables the environmental impact of the entire product life-cycle to be consciously considered in the design phase. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Align Your Continuous Improvement Efforts: Practical Tips from 4 CEOs in 4 Major Business Sectors
By: Chet Marchwinski | October 1, 2020
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Four CEOs who are leading lean management voices in the critical economic sectors of manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare, and education, offer advice on aligning your continuous improvement effort during the Virtual Lean Learning Experience conference. More »
Mining the Lessons From Designing the Future
By: Lean Leaper | September 23, 2020
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Designing the Future shares a wealth of insights that transcend product development minutiae; this articles shares the broader argument presented by the authors in this notable book. 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 »
How to Build Resilience Through Sustained Lean Practice
By: Lean Leaper | August 31, 2020
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As the upcoming virtual lean learning experience shows, lean thrives when the individuals using this learning and improvement method leverage its power for long term growth. 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 »
Quick and Practical Tips for Effective Virtual Process Mapping
By: John Drogosz and Chet Marchwinski | July 24, 2020
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In the wake of new lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus, companies need ways for home-based team members and coaches to collaborate online to improve processes. So, in a recent webinar for product developers in the Lean Product and Process Development group, Coach John Drogosz demonstrated practical tips that you can use now for virtually mapping a process when the facilitator and team members are all working remotely. More »
Why Product Focus is Customer Focus
By: Jim Morgan | July 6, 2020
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How can you know your entire organization is aligned around delivering best in class value to your customer? Your product gives you that focus, says LEI's Jim Morgan. In a piece reminiscent of upcoming VLX classes, he argues that your product is who you are as an enterprise; it’s your identity. More »
“Too much, Too early” and other Common Pitfalls of Lean Product Development
By: Eric Ethington, Chet Marchwinski and Matt Zayko | June 29, 2020
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Veteran product development coaches Eric Ethington and Matt Zayko provide insights about the most common mistakes they see companies make when implementing Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD). More »
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