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As part of our mission to help organizations to learn, innovate and share by implementing lean principles in the innovation process the Lean Analytics Association is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Lean Innovation Forum 2016 (LiF 2016). It will be held on Wednesday, Nov 9 in Lausanne, Switzerland with the pre-forum training session on Tuesday, Nov 8 and post-forum training session on Thursday, Nov 10, 2016.

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During my career, I have often been confronted with a range of issues which almost seem insurmountable to my teams. By asking this one question, “what is your core technology and is it fully understood”? the scale of the issues can be reduced significantly. This article will discuss this in detail and aims to show the significant benefits of understanding the core. I will use an actual example to allow you to draw comparisons to your business.

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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.

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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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Organisations are continuously pressured to launch new products and services to gain competitive advantage and satisfy highly demanding global market. And most of this pressure is directed towards product development teams, where majority of organisations still follow traditional or so called stage-gate processes. Although stage-gate process works, it is not flexible enough and tends to constrain creativity and innovation.

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Brigitta-VarroLAA, EPFL, Politecnico di Milano and Lean experts from 10 companies successfully concluded the first Lean Best Practices Discovery Project this October in Switzerland. The outcome of this collaboration provides a unique collection of 10 industrial cases, where best practices related to lean product development and innovation are documented and structured in logical chapters.

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The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Lean Analytics Association (LAA) are organizing the 1st Lean Product Development Networking and Learning Forum, which will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on October 29 to 31, 2015. This 3-day event will bring together lean practitioners from around the world, to network, share their best practices and challenges, and learn about different lean innovation techniques through five ‘learning by doing’ sessions.

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