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Lean Product Development Survey

In parallel to the Lean Product Development Best Practices Discovery Project, we are launching the Lean Product Development Worldwide Survey, to identify trends, good practices, challenges and future opportunities practitioners have been facing during their Lean Product Development journey. Lean product development/innovation practitioners participating in the survey will receive a free copy of the final report. This global survey is open until January 31st, 2017. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

LAA Webinars

From January 2017, the Lean Analytics Association will offer a series of knowledge exchange webinars in order to diffuse lean thinking trends, best practices and novel tools to improve the innovation and product development processes. Organized as part of the Lean Innovation Community, these webinars aim to enhance practitioners’ learning and expand their expertise to help them reinforce their lean innovation journey.

Welcome to the LiC

A place for Lean professionals and experts has been just launched. Welcome to the Lean Innovation Community; a community that brings together a global network of lean professionals from companies, universities, consulting firms and other associations, to further explore all aspects of lean thinking for product development and innovation. To welcome you to our Lean Innovation Community, we offer a free one-month trial membership if you register before the end of January 2017.

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As a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, LAA aims to conduct cutting-edge research to discover the trends, challenges, and business impact when organizations implement lean thinking in the innovation process. We believe our research can raise the awareness and inspire practitioners around the world to start or refresh their ongoing lean journey to become better, faster and more customer-centric through the implementation of lean innovation best practices.

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The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire companies to transform their innovation process by implementing lean thinking.

Founded in 2012 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), LAA aims to enable practitioners to:

Learn from trainings and webinars offered by a network of lean experts about the latest lean trends as well as available tools and methods

Innovate by increasing practitioners’ awareness and knowledge to implement the latest proven lean innovation practices resulting from the LAA’s observatory and collaborative research projects

Share and exchange challenges, solutions, lessons learned and ideas with other practitioners and experts within the Lean Innovation Community, or at one of the LAA’s industry driven events.

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Kane Alward is General Manager of Product Development at Fisher & Paykel Appliances; a company that designs, develops and produces premium home appliances for kitchen and laundry. Being responsible for over 350 product development professionals, Kane has years of hands-on experience from product and technology strategy to lean leadership and implementation for a global business with revenue over $1 Billion.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances completely changed from stage-gate to a lean “Learning-First” Product Development philosophy and system in 2006.  Since then, the company’s 350 designers, engineers, and scientists have driven significant improvements in Product Development productivity and quality from a lean focus on the knowledge required to deliver value to the customer.

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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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Traditionally product development has focused on selecting one concept at the early stage and then further develop it. This perhaps is what might feel more natural: focusing all our efforts in one direction so no time is wasted on resources eliminating many ideas that will never make it to the market anyway. On the other hand, Set-Based Thinking could be considered the opposite approach to this latter traditional way as it...

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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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Although lean has been found as a widespread application in the manufacturing and services sector, only a few sustained implementations were found in the R&D organizations. Lean-startup thinking has boosted high-tech industries. However, the applications to the innovation creation processes are barely found in the traditional manufacturing industries, besides that not much have been published about this subject. In fact, many executives believe that applying...

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