In this brief animation, Jim Morgan, LEI senior advisor, lean product and process development (LPPD), offers an overview of this unique set of principles, methods, and tools that has been proven effective in helping organizations create value for their customers. Find the transcript below.
Lean product and process development, or LPPD, is about creating new value. Whether it’s a physical product, a process, or a service, it’s about creating new value for your customer.
Product development is one of the most important things that your organization engages in. It drives top-line growth and determines up to 70% of your ongoing costs and quality potential upfront. It engages the entire enterprise. And in a sense, it’s actually creating the future for your organization, because the decisions you make during the product and process development period will affect your organization and your customers for years to come.
LPPD is not applying lean tools from the manufacturing floor to the PD environment. Instead, it’s a unique set of methods, tools, and principles that has been proven effective in the development system environment.
It is, first of all, a systems approach that includes work on people, processes, and tools, and it starts with the customer and the context — understanding the customer’s environment and the challenges that they’re facing so that you can understand how this specific product creates new value.
LPPD improves your speed to market by increasing flow, reducing rework, and increasing transparency. And it’s about creating a value stream, not a product in isolation. And so you think through all of the steps that are required to deliver that value to your customer. And because of that, it engages the entire enterprise.
We at the Lean Enterprise Institute have been working with a number of companies across the world in many different industries — automotive, aerospace, healthcare, consumer electronics — and found these practices to be just as effective in each of those environments.
So, we’re hoping that you’ll join us in our mission to build a community of practitioners in order to expand our understanding and continually improve the execution of lean product and process development.
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