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Continuous Improvement & Change

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Innovations are like people: they are born, they continuously grow, they saturate, and decline. In the past 15 years, a product’s life cycle has shortened fourfold. At the same time, 6 out of 7 innovation projects never reach the market. This means innovation is more essential than ever, but also remains rather risky. . According to the Accenture study, 70% of CEOs identified innovation as strategic, while...

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The big Question: How can you motivate someone who isn’t motivated? You can’t. But you can help them find their own source of motivation. Leverage on the 3 human aspects – the vital behaviours, personal motivation and ability, peer pressure and working on social influence – the most potent force for sustainable Lean initiatives.   The Researches, Mini-workshop, and Objectives: In VitalSmarts research we found that most leaders put...

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MeleOKTelefónica, one of the world’s leading telecommunication services providers, is a pioneer in applying Lean Startup methodology to speed the innovation outputs as a large organization. In 2011, Telefónica began to position itself as a digital telecommunications company and started to build digital products. Since then, Telefónica has followed the Lean Startup methodology and has significantly reduced cycle times and development costs, while ensuring developers are continuously interacting with the end customers during the development. All these changes have led to a significant cultural transformation within the company which encourages customers’ integration from the early development stage and nurture their employees’ talent to become intrapreneurs.

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Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is one of the key methodologies used to start a lean journey. It has been successfully applied in manufacturing processes and is now becoming increasingly used in the innovation and product development processes to reduce cycle time and identify improvement opportunities. It also provides a simple and quick way to visualize all activities that deliver value and eliminate those that generate waste.

laa-blog-airbus

MeleOKAirbus Defence and Space began their lean product development journey with the support and full involvement of senior management in 2011. To the date, the company has focused on the implementation of Hoshin Kanri, Value Stream Mapping and Visual Management tools to improve their engineering capability throughout the organization. In 2014 alone, Military Aircraft Engineering department saved over €3 million as a result of lean transformation.

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